Southmead Primary School

Southmead Primary School

Headteacher: Mr Nicholas Plumb

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At Southmead School, we place a high value on Physical Education (PE). Physical Education develops pupils' physical competence and confidence, and their ability to use these to perform in a range of activities. It promotes physical skilfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action, and contributes to pupils’ social and emotional development, by developing their self-confidence and self esteem. As part of the PE curriculum, we are committed to providing opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams whilst promoting positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles by helping them to understand how the body responds to physical activity. Pupils learn how to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive and challenging activities, and develop the confidence to apply and adapt a range of skills in a variety of settings. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through this process, pupils discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences, and how to make choices about getting involved in lifelong physical activity. They are able to develop personal qualities such as commitment, fairness, tolerance, and a concern for others, as well as personal and social competence and the necessary skills to manage success in competitive and co-operative situations. They learn how to cope with losing and to retain a proper sense of perspective in competition. Each child will be offered the opportunity to:

  • become a skillful and intelligent performer; by developing the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions and perform them with increasing control, coordination and fluency

  • acquire and develop skills, performing with an increasing physical competence and confidence in a range of physical activities and contexts;

  • learn how to select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas to suit activities;

  • develop ideas creatively;

  • set targets, compete against others, both individually and as a team member;

  • understand what it takes to persevere, succeed and acknowledge the success of others;

  • respond to a variety of challenges;

  • take the initiative, lead activity and improve aspects of own performance;

  • develop a positive attitude to participation in physical activity.

  • develop an understanding of the effects of exercise on the body, and an appreciation of the value of safe exercising.

  • develop the ability to work as a team player, taking the lead and learning to work collaboratively with others.

  • promote an understanding of safe practice, and develop a sense of responsibility towards their own and others’ safety and well-being.Lessons cover the objectives laid out in the national curriculum through the provision of six strands of Physical Education; games, dance, gymnastics, athletics, swimming and outdoor adventurous activities. Lessons that run within these strands are aimed to be diverse and engaging for pupils. Each class is timetabled for 2 one hour P.E. sessions where access to the hall is available and they each participate in ‘Take Ten’ every morning. Swimming lessons are provided for all Year 3 children, whilst additional lessons will be offered to children in Years 4, 5 and 6 if they are required. Southmead is registered for the Devon Swim 100 programme which is a groundbreaking campaign aimed at delivering a more effective water-based education for children. As part of the programme children will learn a broad range of skills that will help improve both their confidence and proficiency in the water, with the overall aim of children meeting the new expectation of swimming at least 100 metres by the end of KS2. Southmead School provides a range of activities for children after the school day. This programme is supported by members of the teaching staff, the support staff and coaches. In addition, the children are encouraged to further develop their skills and interest in a range of activity areas. As a member of the Braunton Learning Community, the school also enjoys a range of opportunities to participate in interschool competition.

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