At North Bradley School, we aim for children to be physically active and find enjoyment in physical activity. We believe PE provides the perfect platform to develop the whole child. Our PE lessons develop the children’s physical skills and provide opportunities for children to develop their personal, social and creative abilities, which are important to all areas of learning.
We ensure children develop their fundamental movement skills of agility, balance, and coordination through a broad and balanced range of activities. These activities include invasion games (e.g. netball, football, tag rugby), dance, striking and fielding games (e.g. cricket, rounders), gymnastics, athletics and net games (e.g. tennis). The children also take part in outdoor and adventurous activities and swimming. We also want to ensure children experience a range of different sports. Hence, each year group has a sport which they may not have experienced before, e.g. yoga, dodgeball, fitness, volleyball.
Each class has two hours of curriculum time each week dedicated to physical activity. At North Bradley, we teach PE in mixed ability groups catering for the range of different abilities by providing opportunities for every child to be challenged and successful. During these times, the children develop their physical skills as well as learning to work in a group and share their ideas. We believe it is important to develop the whole child and use PE as a tool to do this. They develop skills like perseverance, cooperation, and creativity which are important in all areas of learning, not just PE.
Within their PE lessons, the children also develop their ability to compete against themselves and others. Competition is an important element of PE, and it allows children to learn skills such as fair play, sportsmanship, perseverance and determination to succeed. The children are also encouraged to develop their competitive skills by participating in our annual sports day, inter-house competitions and competitions against other schools.
At North Bradley, the children are taught about the importance of healthy living and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. We are committed to helping children achieve their 60 minutes of daily physical activity (30 minutes which should be achieved at school). Teachers are trying to make lessons more active, and we are providing children with regular active learning breaks to get our hearts pumping. At playtimes, the children have access to ‘Huff and Puff’ equipment. All children are allowed to access these resources, which encourage the development of their physical skills as well as keeping them active. The children also have the opportunity to join in with games led by sports coaches during lunchtime. The children are also taught about safe practices.
Children attend swimming lessons for four terms (across two years) at the local pool. These sessions are led by qualified swimming instructors and develop the children’s swimming skills and water confidence. As it is a requirement that all children can confidently swim 25 meters by the time they leave primary school, those who cannot do this by Year Six take part in a Top Up swimming programme.
There is a wide range of after-school sporting clubs run by teachers and sports coaches. These include football, netball, dance, tri-golf, ultimate frisbee, lacrosse. We try and offer a 'non-traditional' sporting club each term to ensure a wide range of children are inspired to participate in these sporting opportunities. Clubs change regularly; please see our clubs page to see what we currently have on offer.
North Bradley School enters many matches, tournaments, and festivals throughout the year. These include football, rugby, netball, tag rugby, cricket, swimming, athletics, hockey, and gymnastics. The children enjoy representing their school and being part of a team. Classes also enjoy taking part in festivals throughout the year. These are opportunities for children to work with other schools in a non-competitive environment.
Since September 2013, the government pledged a PE budget of approximately £8000 to all primary schools to aid with the teaching of high-quality physical education. Recently, the budget was doubled. We are working hard to use the funding to develop teachers' expertise and provide all children with a wide range of sporting opportunities. Please see our spending plan in the Inspection and National Information section.