If you require any additional information regarding the curriculum other than that stated below, Skills Booklets are available from the school office which show all the objectives that children will be taught in all year groups for each subject. These booklets will be sent out at the start of each academic year.
Additionally, you can find the National Curriculum at https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum/overview or ask for a copy from the school office.
Physical Education is crucial to the all-round development of children. Great Paxton CE School is a member of the Hunts Schools Sports Partnership and as such can draw on the expertise of specialist staff alongside our own teachers to improve the quality of our provision in this area. The PE curriculum includes skill development in gymnastic activities, dance, games, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities and swimming. We use our school hall and playground for most PE activities and the school field for team games and athletics. All children have at least 2 hours of PE a week.
Children are challenged with progressively higher tasks as their age, strength and skills increase. They are encouraged to plan and perform skills safely, showing increasing control and accuracy. They are taught how to get out and put away any equipment they use and the necessary safety precautions during PE lessons.
School Games Award
I am delighted to announce, following all the hard work we have put into PE and sport over the last few years, we have achieved the Gold School Games Mark.
The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels.
This is a reward that recognises all the PE that we do in school – the lessons we teach, the clubs we run, the coaches we bring in, the links we have with sports clubs and all the competitions we take part in.
Key stage 1
Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be taught to:
- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- perform dances using simple movement patterns.
Key stage 2
Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils should be taught to:
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
- perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
As a school, we follow the Cambridgeshire Scheme of Work for Physical Education. To find out what your child will be taught, please click on the year groups below.