PE & Sport
At Kirkbampton, we want children to love being active and to be advocates of leading healthy, active lifestyles. We help them to understand the wider importance of their physical and mental health.
The Curriculum instils confidence and develops the physical, personal, social and thinking skills of our pupils. Through play, PE lessons and competition, we encourage our young sportsmen and women to feel motivated to achieve their personal best across a diverse range of ‘Fundamental Skills’.
We initially want our children to develop the fundamental movement skills of running, hopping, catching and jumping in order to gain the confidence to participate in sport. As competencies increase, so does a young person’s ability to communicate.
PE builds character, develops resilience, encourages creativity, that might involve taking risks alongside their peers, and helps to embed values such as fairness and respect. We want our children to problem solve through analysing their own performance as they strive for better, to learn to cope with the disappointment of losing and the excitement of winning, and to get to know their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses within and outside of the school’s perimeter.
All pupils have two hours of skills based PE per week spread across the following areas: Outdoor Adventurous Activities; Swimming; Dance; Agility, Balance and Co-ordination; Strength, Flexibility, Control and Balance; Attacking and Defending; and Running, Jumping, Throwing and Catching.
Upper Key Stage 2 attend an Outdoor Residential Centre every second year.
We benefit from visiting specialist coaches – our Curling Champion currently resides in Year 1.
Young Sports Leaders further develop the confidence and competency of our even younger children.
Investing in new technology allows our children to self assess their performance and problem solve in sport.
Healthy meal choices from our kitchen form the backbone of our drive to promote healthy eating.
By developing the physical abilities of our pupils, they become confident and competent movers able to carry out everyday tasks more efficiently. As they progress through school, the children understand more fully the importance of eating healthily and how being active improves well-being. By the time children leave Kirkbampton CE Primary, they will have applied their skills to a range of sports, achieved personal bests through problem solving and competed competitively, yet always fairly, to varying degrees of success. Through sport, our children will carry the values of resilience, confidence, respect, tolerance, hope, friendship and compassion with them in preparation for the ups and downs they will face in later life.
Physical Education is taught at the recommended level or more of 2 hours per week. Children experience Gymnastics, apparatus, games, dance, outdoor education and develop various athletic skills.
All pupils swim for one term at some time in their school life. There are also extensive opportunities to represent the school, particularly in KS2.
Kirkbampton School regularly provides children with a range of sporting activities in which to participate. These sports include football, netball, rugby, cricket, rounders, tennis, cross country running, athletics and hockey. Out of school clubs are organised at various times throughout the year and these include football, gymnastics and cricket. Pupils take part in some weekend competitions. The school also makes use of professional coaches whenever possible.
We strive to encourage children to adopt a positive attitude towards sport and competition. We offer children in the junior department opportunities to play as a team member in various activities including football, rounders, netball and cricket. Matches are organised against other schools’ teams.
Sport Inclusion/Equal Opportunity Policy
We aim to offer all children whether boy or girl, the opportunity
- To represent the school as part of a team during their time at Kirkbampton School.
- To offer the experience to all children, of varying abilities and of either gender, provided they are willing to practice, follow rules and maintain a friendly, sporting attitude.
- To show a high standard of sportsmanship and supportive attitude to other competitors.
As a curricular activity within P.E. and games lessons we aim:
- To encourage team work.
- To learn correct sporting attitudes.
- To learn to adapt to and accept the rigorous organisation and rules of team games.