At Carnforth School P.E. is fundamental to our curriculum. We believe that this subject inspires all pupils to succeed in physical activities and helps them to become confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. As a result, we believe that our children should be physically active every day. Daily physical activity can be achieved through P.E. lessons, break times, lunchtimes, the daily mile and extra-curricular activities. We also believe that children should have the opportunity to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as teamwork, leadership, resilience, grace in success and failure and respect.
The importance of high-quality teaching of PE is a key driver at Carnforth School. Throughout the academic year pupils have exposure to a range of external professionals such as Worcester Warriors Community rugby coaches that enhance the quality of PE provision. These experiences help develop the CPD of teachers and allow them to continue to improve the quality of provision. A recent example of this includes two year groups attending swimming lessons each term. This allows all children from Reception – Year 6 to develop water confidence and skills across the academic year. A further example includes the attendance to City of Worcester Gym Club a specialist gymnasium facility where pupils are exposed to a huge range of gymnastic apparatus and are guided by professional gymnastic instructors. This occurs during a half term and allows children to develop gymnastic skills in a unique way. Furthermore, teachers are exposed to high quality gymnastic lessons and can use elements of these experiences back at school to continue the development of gymnastics. A similar approach is applied to the delivery of dance where children from Nursery – Year 6 participate in dance lessons which are delivered by a professional dance teacher.
To promote maximum participation and activity throughout the school day at Carnforth School we implement structured break and lunch time activities alongside all classes participating in a daily mile. These regular opportunities for activity, movement and competition promote health and fitness and allow children to develop sense of well-being.
Teachers create a positive attitude to PE learning and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in PE in the way that suits them best.