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)
At Castlefort, we recognise the importance of high quality physical education, physical activity and sport and the part it plays in raising standards and narrowing achievement gaps. Physical Education and school sport are important in giving children the knowledge, understanding and the tools to make a positive impact on their own health and well-being. Our strategy will aim 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;
- Ensure that all children receive 60 active minutes each day, of which 30 minutes should be in school.
Physical Education at Castlefort
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. 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 all pupils.
School Games Quality Mark
Castlefort JMI School was awarded with the School Games Quality Mark in September 2018 for the academic year 2017/2018 at Silver 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 2019 for the academic year 2018/2019, again at Silver Level. The award given to schools during the academic year 2019/2020 was for involvement in virtual competitions, due the the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.