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A high-quality physical education (PE) curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
At Beech Grove it is our aim that all pupils leave us physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to lead a healthy, active life and life-long participation in physical activity and sport.
Our pupils have the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of sporting activities both as part of the national curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities. Our partnership with SASP (Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership) ensures that pupils can participate in traditional sports including football, tag rugby, hockey, athletics, mini tennis, cricket and netball as well as others such as basketball, dodgeball and cross-country. SASP also organise year group activities where our pupils are given coaching on strike and field sports, athletics and orienteering.
We have good links with a range of local sporting organisations including Wellington Football club, martial arts and MP Coaching. We believe it is important to offer a wide range of sporting opportunities to cater for the range of interest of our pupils and increase levels of engagement from all pupils.
We are working towards our Games Mark award which includes both inter-school and intra-school house competitions. As part of this, we have a group of sports leaders who plan and deliver fun, team and competitive games at playtimes to encourage all pupils to be active.
At Beech Grove Primary school, every child is taught PE for a minimum of two hours a week. Our class teachers and specialist sports coaches, teach indoor and outdoor PE lessons to the pupils. Our PE Leader is Miss Bailey, who co-ordinates our PE provision across the school.
In addition to this, several of our class teachers have a specialism in PE, or have led whole school PE in previous roles. In addition to this, we have a qualified gymnastics coach on our support staff. This means we are incredibly fortunate to have a lot of expertise within our staff in teaching PE and Sport to all ages.
Through our high quality PE curriculum, children learn that being active is fun and an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. At the beginning of their school life, children learn and explore basic movement skills. They develop these skills throughout their time at Beech Grove and leave as confident movers able to play a wide range of sports.
To enable us to do this, we have use a scheme of work called 'Real PE'.
”The ‘Real PE’ programme has been developed to give ALL children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life. It places the learner at the heart of what we do with the ultimate goal of children feeling valued, included, challenged and supported in their learning.”
'Real PE' is a scheme of work by Create Development which encourages a broad, balanced, child - centred approach to P.E. and Sport. 'Real PE' praises behaviour not skill, passing the responsibility of the lesson to the learner. The ‘Real PE’ scheme is used throughout the school for one lesson a week (one hour). For the other hour of the children’s weekly PE we use SASP (Somerset Area Sports Partnership) plans and TOPs cards.
More information about these schemes can be found at:
In year 3 and year 4, children develop their swimming and water safety skills through a block of swimming lessons at Wellington Sports Centre. These lessons are planned and taught by trained swimming instructors who provide targets for each of the ability groups. For pupils who have not learnt to swim in year 3 and 4, there is a further opportunity to swim throughout Year 5 until the pupil is confidently able to swim a distance of 25 metres. Throughout Key Stage 2, outdoor adventurous activity (OAA) opportunities are provided through residential trips.