At Ashford Oaks Primary School, we aim to encourage the children to be fit and healthy. Pupils are taught the importance of how an active mind creates an active brain, which will then lead to a better mind-set that is focussed and ready for learning. Pupils are given opportunities to try new sports, improve their co-ordination and develop a number of skills which inevitably help with everyday life.
We aim to teach the children to:
Develop positive attitudes to participation in physical activity; including when competing in tournaments/ games against other children.
Make informed decisions about the importance of exercise in their lives so that they lead a healthy and active life.
Acquire and develop skills, performing with increasing competence and confidence, in a range of physical activities and contexts.
All children have the right to develop their skills and progress in PE and this can be achieved through specific targets for their age group.
In KS1 we teach the children to:
Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
Perform dances using simple movement patterns.
In KS2 we develop these objectives further and teach the children to:
Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.
Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
Overview of PE at AO, and the positive impact that the sports funding is having
PE at Ashford Oaks has continued to grow in stature, both in PE lessons and when attending sporting events. Children have taken great pride when representing Ashford Oaks in Sports competitions, with 2021/2022 being our most successful year to date.
Teachers continue to work closely with the sports lead (Tom Scorer) to provide engaging PE lessons that show clear differentiation over the course of the topic, to suit every child’s needs. Children are exposed to a wider range of activities throughout the year and are beginning to have more of a say on the types of activities that they would like to cover. Recently our teachers took part in a survey with the outcome showing that they generally feel confident in teaching PE lessons and support is given to them to help where necessary. Our PE curriculum offers a wide range of topics, exposing our children to new skills and challenges.
After School Sports Clubs have been extremely popular, with the demand for more being clear in our recent pupil voice survey. Parental support with children taking part in competitions is very good and transport is provided to those who are unable to get to the relevant places to take part in competitions. Move & Groove still continues to be a huge part of a weekly routine and therefore will be continuing this year. Move and Groove is a whole school initiative, that allows children and adults to come together, enabling pupils across the school to start the day positively.