Active Archers Aim High! At Amesbury Archer, physical education develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. We want children to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives, not just at school. The journey starts here.
During curriculum lessons, children will participate in dance, gymnastics and swimming, as well as games such as tag rugby, football, netball and cricket. This is not an exhaustive list, with dodgeball, orienteering, athletics and other activities also being undertaken. Extra-curricular clubs provide children with opportunities to experience archery, Show-Off Dance and PH Sports’ activities.
We are committed to ensuring the Sports Grant we receive is used to improve the attainment and progress of all the children at Amesbury Archer. The grant is used for festivals, provision of coaches and staff as well as resources, development of staff skills and providing children with cross-curricular physical education.
Inspiration and challenging our Archers to Aim High has been a priority for the school and staff. We have been visited by an Olympic athlete, who enthused the children to try their best and never give up. Playing in sporting competitions is an important part of our physical education, with cluster events, School Games festivals and inter-house tournaments now regular fixtures in our sports diary.
Not only have we increased our attendance of sporting competition, but we are committed to challenging ourselves. The Daily Mile has been an integral part of the school day since September, with children running or moving for at least 15 minutes a day. Teachers have noticed an improvement in focus and the children are enjoying the on-going personal battle to improve. Parents have also seen the benefits, praising its introduction and even being made to up their own physical activity through the `tracker watches` some children are wearing! We all Aim High!
The national curriculum for P.E. aims to ensure that all pupils:
- To enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination
- To encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations
- To develop the way children perform skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities
- To increase children’s ability to use what they have learnt to improve the quality and control of their performance
- To teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise
- To develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination
- To develop an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success.