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Physical Education

At Sir Francis Drake we deliver high quality P.E. lessons. We aim to develop the necessary movement, agility and competitive skills need for sport, performance and a healthy lifestyle. These skills will be built on, year on year, so that they become increasingly competent. Our PE curriculum can be viewed here.

We believe in the importance of developing a love of sport and activity in order to develop a positive attitude to a healthy lifestyle.

P.E. is taught for 2 hrs in KS2 and 1hr 30min in KS1 and Foundation Stage.

Currently, we have a sports coach, dance teacher and a gymnastics specialist who ensure a quality first approach to teaching P.E.

From Foundation and throughout KS1, children learn games that focus on basic movements including throwing, catching, balance, agility and co-ordination.

Across KS1, the children also experience dance and gymnastics to develop their core strength and ability to perform a routine both independently and partner work.

Throughout KS2, the children continue to develop these skills through team and invasion games creating opportunities to enjoy and compete in a wide range of sports. The children continue to have dance: now focusing on the development of steps needed for Jive, Zumba and Line Dancing. They also have gymnastics which builds on and extends techniques previously learned. We also offer swimming across Year 4, 5 and 6, our aim being that the children can swim 125m before they move to Secondary school.

In Year 3 and 4 children are encouraged to enjoy being active and begin to challenge themselves to improve personal bests. They begin to compete with each other in small-sided challenges and also develop the personal skills necessary for team work, winning and losing.

In Year 5 and 6, children continue to develop their skills and teamwork as well as being introduced to officiating and scoring. They are introduced to; the rules for sports taught, given opportunities to play in competitions within school and with other local schools.

Other opportunities

Despite having a rich and broad curriculum we are always looking for new ways to engage and inspire the children into sport.

We offer a range of range of extra-curricular sports including; Multi-Sports, Sport and Fitness for Girls and Football.

We have made strong links with Millwall Football Club and as well as having their coaches run multi-sports clubs at our school, Years 5 and 6 have been lucky enough to use their facilities for football training.

Believing that regular, short bursts of exercise have an impact on fitness and learning, we recently trialled ‘The Daily Mile’. To mark the Rio Olympics, we had a ‘Run to Rio’ challenge: the children ran a mile every day until they (collectively and virtually) reached Rio.

We hope to roll “The Daily Mile’ out across the school in September 2017 when we have our brand new school!

Further to this, we are developing a ‘School Sports Council’ to develop our sport provision in line with the Children’s needs. Watch this space!