'To support excellence in PE through promoting healthy active lifestyle, engaging in competitive activities and developing a determination to excel in a broad range of PE and Sport.'
At The Three Schools, physical education is a key part of the curriculum and school life. It is comprehensive, inclusive and enables children to develop skills for life as well as to develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities. Our curriculum aims to deliver life-long values; working as part of an effective team, fair play, leadership, understanding fairness and how to lead a healthy and active life are all key focuses. We look to promote our Christian values through sport and positively encourage our children to share, show respect for one another, support for one another, trust one another and work together. Furthermore, at the Three Schools we aim to improve self-confidence and wellbeing through a range of sporting activities which take place in a safe and supportive environment, where effort and hard-work, as well as success, is celebrated. Children are physically active for sustained periods of time and we aspire for all children to be able to swim at least 25m by the end of their time at primary school. Our links with the Buckingham School Sports Partnership give our children the opportunities to engage in a wide range of level 1, 2 and 3 sports competitions and activities throughout the year. We aim to consistently deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities throughout the year which stretch each child and allows them to adopt a love of physical education and sport to lead healthy, active lives.
Children participate in high-quality PE lessons twice a week covering a range of sports and skills each half term. These sports include: invasion games, net games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor and adventure. These skills include: tactical awareness, leading others, teamwork, fair-play, supporting and empathising with others, showing resilience and respect. Children are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular sport though lunch time and afterschool clubs and the daily mile before school each day and monitor.
The long term plan and overview sets out the PE units to be taught throughout the year and insures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met and that our chances of success at competition are maximised. Professional quality assured teaching modules & materials are used for PE & Sport and staff have opportunities for CPD in national and bespoke programmes in PE & Sport to support them in skills and confidence when teaching PE.
Monitoring and reflection of PE, sports provision and inclusion takes place throughout the year to ensure we remain at Gold for the School Games Kite Mark Award. Half termly assessment is in place for all year groups in all areas of PE, sport and personal skill development as well as verbal feedback provided during all lessons.
All children have the opportunity to represent their school in a wide range of Level 2 sports competitions against other schools each half term through the School Sports Partnership. This is an inclusive approach and the number of teams taken is dictated by the number of children who wish to attend. We are also part of football leagues for the boys and girls football teams to compete. Furthermore, all children participate in Level 1 inter-house sports each term playing against their peers.
Every year each house elects a Sports Captain and Vice Sports Captain from year 6. We also have two Sports Ambassadors from year 6. These pupils, along with two from each year group, form the School Sports Council and are responsible for organising inter-house sports competitions and sports day as well as supporting lunch time activities.
We run a Sports Leadership program where pupils from year 4 and 5 attend training through the School Sports Partnership. They then train pupils from year 2 to lead lunch time sport and activity sessions. At Swanbourne the leaders are on a lunch time rota to encourage pupils to get active through leading fun and engaging sessions. Leading is also encouraged in all PE lessons.
We have links with external clubs in order to expose children to different sports through one off sessions at school and also create pathways for children to continue participating in sport outside school. Children’s external success in sport is also celebrated in weekly worship.
All children have swimming lessons once a week for half a nterm in KS1 and a term in KS2. Children who are at risk of not being able to swim 25m by the end of year 6 have extra lessons to enable them to achieve the curriculum target. We also run a swimming gala each year suited to each swimming level to provide all the children with the opportunity to swim competitively.
The all-encompassing approach to PE and Sport at The Three Schools enables children to develop not only their physical skills but also key social and emotional values for life and we are delighted to have has this recognised in achieving Primary PE School of the Year. The opportunities to compete in sport as well as the numerous extracurricular activities on offer enable children to achieve the government aim of being active for 60 minutes each day. During their time at The Three Schools children are afforded experience in a wide variety of sports, alongside many opportunities to lead and organise sport which encourages them to lead healthy and active lives.