At Lark Hill, 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: Nurture, Achieve and Respect 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.
All PE lessons at Lark Hill are planned or taught by a PE specialist teacher, Mr Andrew Quigley with additional support from external specialist, currently a dance teacher and a taekwondo instructor. We provide a high quality PE curriculum for Reception to Year 6 covering a wide range of sports during lesson time as well as sport specific after school clubs. Sports covered in after school clubs: athletics, basketball, fencing, rounders, volleyball, football, table tennis, handball, rugby and dance.
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.
This year we are excited to announce our close partnership with Foundation92. Foundation92 will be working in school to provide children with P.E lessons throughout the year. Trained coaches will work carefully with staff to ensure children are able to develop key skills, experience a wide range of sports and sporting opportunities and develop their own personal fitness. This will also provide a fantastic opportunity for staff members to develop their own understanding of sports and P.E lessons.
Coaches will also provide a range of sports clubs both in lunchtimes and after school. For more information on clubs, please contact the Mr Quigley.
As part of our Key Stage 2 PE curriculum, Year 4 participate in swimming lessons for half the academic year 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. Our school swimming champion is Andrew Quigley.
As a school, we have to report on the amount of Year 6 pupils who can swim 25 metres competently; use a range of strokes and perform self-rescue in different water situations.
|Swimming 25m, competently, confidently and proficiently||Use a range of strokes||Perform Safe Self-Rescue|
Percentage of Year 6 2022/2023
Lark Hill has achieved the gold Kitemark for the last 4 years, starting the PE specialist delivering curriculum PE the year prior to the Sport premium grant. The school is using the School Games Kitemark system to look for ways to improve and achieve platinum. Mr Quigley is looking to use the school website more to improve communication with families about PE, competitions and after school sports clubs.