‘A high-quality Physical Education 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’
(Physical Education Programmes of Study 2013)
The National Curriculum for Physical Education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- Are physically active for sustained periods of time
- Engage in competitive sports and activities
- Lead healthy, active lives
Physical Education and School Sport Vision Statement
At Castlefort JMI School, we recognise the importance of high quality Physical Education and the part it plays in raising standards and narrowing achievement gaps. Physical Education and Sport are important in giving children the knowledge, understanding and tools to make a positive impact on their own health and well-being.
Our strategy aims to:
- Improve health and well-being
- Provide high quality opportunities and outcomes
- Assist each individual to be the best they can be
- Encourage community involvement and responsibility
- Promote lifelong learning, active participation and competition
- Raise achievement and support excellence
- Create a lasting legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games
The curriculum for Key Stage 1 focuses on the development of fundamental movement skills, becoming increasingly competent and confident and improving agility, balance and co-ordination, individually and with others.
The curriculum for Key Stage 2 focuses on developing a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. Pupils will enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They will be able to evaluate their own and other’s performances and give appropriate feedback.
All pupils enjoy two hours of Physical Education each week which includes a range of sporting activities - gymnastics, dance, invasion games, net/wall games, striking and fielding, multi-sports, athletics, swimming and water safety (for pupils in Years 5 and 6) and outdoor and adventurous activities. All classes are taught by the class teacher who may be accompanied by a highly-skilled coach from an external sports company. Pupils in Key Stage 2 enjoy taking part in inter-school sporting events such as football matches, swimming galas and athletics competitions; our school has a history of successes here. The timetabled curriculum is further enhanced through the wide range of after-school sports clubs on offer to pupils.
School Games Quality Mark
Castlefort JMI School was awarded with the School Games Quality Mark in September 2015 for the academic year 2014/2015 at Bronze Level. The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme which reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school. Castlefort JMI School also received the award in September 2016 for the academic year 2015/2016, again at Bronze Level. In 2018 and 2019, the school secured Silver Level.
Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark
Castlefort JMI School were awarded with the Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark in 2015 at Silver Level. This highlights the quality of PE and School Sport at our school in the following areas:
- Overall vision for PE, physical activity and school sport
- Quality of PE
- Quality of school sport
- Quality of physical activity
- Use of PE, physical activity and sport as a catalyst for wider learning.