The three main elements of the curriculum are gymnastics, games and dance. Swimming is an additional activity for Year 4 and it takes place at Rothwell swimming baths on Tuesday mornings. The aim of PE is to enable children to build and maintain fit and healthy bodies, to develop co-ordination, balance, strength, speed and endurance; to encourage creative expression through movement, and be aware of the effects and consequences of actions upon others.
Gymnastics involves floor work to encourage appropriate use of space and awareness of body parts. Control and quality of work and simple sequence work is encouraged.
The children are introduced to minor games skills using a variety of equipment such as various-sized balls, quoits, hoops, ropes, bean-bags and bats. Children practise skills individually, then in pairs and small groups, and eventually in larger teams for games such as rounders, netball, hockey and football.
Children are made aware of safety aspects for themselves and others and are encouraged to develop the ability to handle success and failure and the concepts of competition, fair play and good sporting behaviour.
Children also learn about the importance of exercise and fitness and the part these play in developing a healthy lifestyle.
From Year 1 onwards most classes receive coaching from professional coaches for 6 weekly sessions in cricket, rugby, soccer, basketball or racquet skills.
At Swillington Primary School we are committed to the delivery of a high quality PE and sport curriculum and to the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles. We aim to develop skills and knowledge through participation in diverse and varied physical activity and sport, as well as improving fitness and developing social skills.
In order to promote health and fitness, the government allocated £8000 (plus £5 per pupil) to all primary schools.
To read a full breakdown, you can view our Sports Premium Funding page.