Our school aims to inspire all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport. At Dean Field, we deliver a skills-based approach to Physical Education (PE), focusing primarily on the fundamentals of movement (agility, balance and co-ordination) which will start in EYFS. The aim of our PE programme is to develop children’s basic physical competencies, build confidence in their ability and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. We focus on this approach because they are crucial for children to succeed in life long physical activity and sports. Once children master the fundamental movement skills, these then are transferable to succeed in any type of sport that they can take part in during lunch time clubs or after school sports clubs, which will then lead on to representing the school in competitions. We aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all children to have the skills and mindset to leave primary school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond
Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing (including mental health) and fitness of all children at Dean Field, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. We ensure all children have opportunities to compete in sport and other activities, build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. We want to aid our children in obtaining the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as modestly celebrating their own successes. At Dean Field we want to teach children skills to keep them safe such as being able to swim, and we aspire for all children to leave primary school being able to swim at least 25 metres
Our objectives in the teaching of PE align with the National Curriculum in that we aim to ensure all pupils:
- Ensure children master the fundamental movement skills (agility, balance and co-ordination) through a skills approach.
- Provide children with a positive, inclusive, engaging and challenging learning experience where they become physically literate.
- Develop children’s social, personal, health and fitness, cognitive, creative and physical skills through PE
- Ensure children are physically active for sustained periods of time.
- Ensure children lead healthy, active lives.
- Engage in competitive sports and activities including those with SEND.
We aspire that all our children leave Dean Field School physically literate, meaning they can work together as a team, take leadership opportunities, can challenge themselves by taking responsibility of their learning and understand how to live a healthy life.
EYFS and Key Stage 1
Our early years and Key Stage 1 curriculum focuses on developing the fundamental movement skills of agility, balance and co-ordination. PE lessons are engaging, active and fun to develop a love and passion for PE.
At KS1 pupils will 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
Key Stage 2
At KS2 pupils will continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills and enjoy collaborating and competing with each other. They will develop how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Pupils will be taught:
- Running, jumping, throwing and catching skills
- To play competitive games and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- To develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance (for example through athletics and gymnastics)
- To perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- To take part in outdoor and adventurous challenges both individually and within a team
- To compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
In Key Stage 2, pupils are encouraged to attend our daily after school sports clubs that provide specific and general skills needed for both sports and leadership. Children are chosen to represent the school in a range of competitions and work alongside Beech Hill in cross Trust competitions.
All Year 6 children (KS2) attend swimming classes on a bi-weekly basis using a local private swimming pool where class sizes are small to promote progress.
Pupils are taught to:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently for a distance of at least 25 metres
- Use a range of strokes effectively
- Perform safe, self-rescue in different water based situations.
We are very fortunate to have a wonderful, outdoor space for all kinds of sports at Dean Field. With the use of a large sports field and a playground that is marked for a variety of sports suitable for netball and football among others. Internally we have many sporting and games related resources and a sports hall for pupils to enjoy PE lessons and a range of sports clubs.
Residential trips give pupils the opportunity to gain lots of new experiences and learn more about themselves and their potential. At Dean Field we provide annual trips for Years 2 and 6 who go to Nell Bank in Ilkley.
Children are presented with certificates in celebration assemblies for a variety of achievements.