At Lewis Street we tailor our provision of sports, games and outdoor activities to ensure that our children leave us in Year 6 with functional skills to aid them in their high school life and beyond with gymnastics at the core of our provision. We place a large focus on the importance of fitness and a healthy lifestyle which we hope will stay with our children for the rest of their lives. We make use of coaches from elite local sports organisations, as well as our own sports coordinator, to teach PE to all our classes.
Our school values: Respect, Challenge, Excellence and Self-Belief also run through our PE curriculum from nursery all the way through to Year 6 by ensuring that our children learn the importance of fair-play, respect for everyone involved as well as a healthy attitude to competition.
In Early Years, in addition to continuous outdoor provision, each class has a structured PE lesson each week that aim to aid the children's physical development whilst introducing different types of games and activities.
Children in KS1 spend a lot of time working on basic core skills. It is important they can do all of this at an early age, so they can then transfer these skills into a variety of sports in later years. We work very hard doing Physical Literacy, this involves various games/activities in which the children use all Core Skills, Spatial Awareness, catching, throwing Striking, partner/group work, balancing, hand-eye co-ordination, and movement through Dance and Gymnastics.
KS2 take all the skills they have learnt in KS1 and we progress these into a game type situation. Within these lessons we look to develop understanding of each particular sport and the tactics/techniques to achieve the best outcome. We also provide Outdoor Adventure Activities and each child will have the opportunity to learn to swim during Year 4.
As part of our Key Stage 2 PE curriculum, Year 4 go to Eccles Leisure Centre for a term and a half to learn how to swim. The aim for our children is to be able to swim 25m confidently and have to be able to keep safe in the water and know how to do a competent self-rescue.
We are passionate about this for our children with our local area being surrounded by canals and there also being a number of other areas of water. We are currently working to address the challenge of every child being able to meet the minimum national curriculum requirements.
To address this and provide a consistent approach, we have a designated "swimming champion" who has a passion for young people learning how to swim. Coach Hall, our Sports Coach, has taken on this role.
Percentage of Year 6 Achieving
Swimming 25m confidently, competently and proficiently - 70%
Use a range of strokes - 40%
Perform Safe Self-Rescue - 54%