The Physical Education curriculum at South End Junior aims to develop the children’s knowledge, fundamental skills and understanding so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physically demanding activities as well as competitive sports.
Pupils have two hours of PE timetabled per week. Throughout the academic year, we develop pupil’s running, jumping, throwing and catching skills, play a variety of competitive games where fundamental skills are put in to a context, develop control, balance and technique and perform dances using a range of movement patterns, which are often linked to our Doorways and Pathways topics. We also provide all children with the opportunity to swim and we aim for all pupils leaving the school to be able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. All year groups participate in swimming lessons every year.
We are very fortunate to have an enthusiastic and very motivated sports coach from Northamptonshire Sport who works alongside our teachers, using the Real PE and FUNS resources, to help with the teaching and learning of PE in one of our weekly sessions. She promotes the physical, as well as social, skills involved in all areas of PE which is then adapted to other sessions throughout the week.
Competitive sport is a key area for us at South End Junior and we try to promote and encourage it to all of our children. We want as many of our pupils to engage in competitive sports and activities therefore we take part in a number of cluster and regional festivals throughout the academic year including: girls and boys indoor and outdoor football, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, netball, cricket, cross country and athletics (sportshall and outdoor).
In addition to this, we have recently started The Golden Mile initiative at South End Junior. This challenges children to engage in physical activity by walking, jogging or running around our Golden Mile track. The overall goal of the challenge is to complete 50 miles in a school year!
National Curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety:
• Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres;
• Use a range of strokes effectively;
• Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situation.
South End Junior Year 6 cohort swimming attainment (2018-19)
Number of Year 6’s that meet all requirements – 81
Number of Year 6’s that do not meet all requirements – 9
Percentage of Year 6’s that meet all requirements – 90%
Percentage of Year6’s that do not meet all requirements – 10%