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. 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 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 and a healthy attitude to competition.
In Early Years, in addition to continuous outdoor provision, each class has a weekly structured PE lesson which aims 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 core skills, spatial awareness, catching, throwing, striking, partner/group work, balancing, hand-eye co-ordination, and movement through Dance and Gymnastics.
Children in KS2 take all of the skills learnt in KS1 and build on them by applying them in game type situations. 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 in Key Stage 2 with a range of therapeutic and whole class interventions which every child has the opportunity to access.
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 safe, competent and confident swimmers by the time they leave the school, this means they will be able to swim 25m confidently, know how to to keep safe in the water and be able to perform a competent self-rescue. We are currently working to address the challenge of every child being able to meet the minimum national curriculum requirements. As our local area has a high number of canals and other bodies of water, as a school we are very passionate about meeting these targets.
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 2018-19
Swimming 25m confidently, competently and proficiently - 63.3%
Use a range of strokes - 53.3%
Perform Safe Self-Rescue - 50%