Physical Education at Ashbourne Primary School aims to equip children with transferable skills, enabling them to live long, active and healthy lives. Opportunities to take part in competitive sport alongside personal challenges and festival are given in all year groups.
Our high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. Continual professional development is an important element of PE at Ashbourne Primary and all staff are given multiple opportunities to enhance their skills throughout each year.
The national curriculum for physical education covers a broad range of aims. Ashbourne Primary aim for children to gain competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities through an eclectic curriculum and extra-curricular offer. All classes have two hours per week dedicated to Physical Education where the learners are physically active for sustained periods of time. Through our partnership with the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership and Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar school (for which we are one of the largest feeder primary schools) all children in all year groups are given the opportunity to compete in events at both a ‘friendly festival’ level and events with a qualification pathway.
Our rich extra-curricular offer, the breadth of which has been made sustainable through developing strong links with local sports clubs has been cultivated over the last five years. To date, strong links have been established with Ashbourne Golf Club, Peak Performance Triathlon Club, Ashbourne Aztecs Junior Football Club and the Derbyshire Cricket Board under guidance from the English Cricket Board. These links as well as a broad curriculum offer set our learners up for Secondary transition and the first steps to a long, healthy and active life.
Our work is underpinned by our vision and aims: ‘Nurturing aspiration through happy, creative learning’. Our PRAISE aims are at the heart of every lesson and our focus on the removal of barriers to learning is firmly embedded into all areas of the Physical Education curriculum.
PE in EYFs and KS1
All of our infant classes are enjoying Yoga Bugs. We stretch and curl to develop our flexibility, and yoga helps us to develop our balance and co-ordination.
Gymnastics also helps us to stretch and curl to develop flexibility. We can hold our positions whilst balancing on different points of the body. We learn to show contrasts (such as small/tall, straight/curved and wide/narrow).
PE in KS2
We have been learning to plan, perform and repeat sequences and move in a clear, fluent and expressive manner.
In our sequences, we have been learning to show changes of direction, speed and level during a performance.
In this task, the children needed to embrace leadership and team roles. They needed to offer and seek support and remain positive in challenging circumstances!
Fitness, health and Personal Best
We are always working on bettering our own personal bests. Here the children are completing circuits, which they will then repeat to see if they can improve.
We also understand the importance of a healthy, varied diet in order to keep us fit and healthy.
These children have been retelling the story of Rama and Sita through movement. We created our own sequences and performed expressively.
Here we are learning the Lindyhop!