Physical Education (PE)
Physical Education is highly valued at Birch Hill Primary School as we recognise the importance of its contribution to our pupil’s health and well-being, academic development and enjoyment of school life. Our pupils are renowned for their success in extra-curricular sporting activities at a local and national level.
We have high expectations and high aspirations for every one of our students. We aim to provide high quality physical education for all children, delivered by members of staff, who are committed to engaging pupils and developing their skills in PE.
Our aim is to ensure that each child has access to the best possible opportunities and experiences during their education, so they can reach their full potential and be better prepared for the future. With that in mind, we have created a strong and purposeful PE curriculum, which shows clear development throughout the school from EYFS to Year 6.
Additional to our curriculum based Physical Education; we aim to inspire a love of extra-curricular sporting activities. Birch Hill School frequently participates in many of the Bracknell Forest sporting events throughout the academic year. Children benefit from participation in: triathlons, athletics, football tournaments, tennis matches, cricket skills workshops and many more.
Giving every child the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life.
Real PE provides fun and simple to follow Schemes of Work and support for Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) practitioners that give them the confidence and skills to deliver outstanding PE.
It is fully aligned to the new National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements and focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning through a unique and market leading approach to teaching and learning in PE.
We have been using the Real PE framework alongside an outdoor PE curriculum plan. We have ensured the tasks completed and skills learned during the indoor sessions of Real PE match up perfectly with the term’s outdoor game or sport. For example, if Year 4 were looking at reaction and response in term 5, their outdoor session for that term would enhance those skills through tennis.
While the children in Nursery and Reception learn balancing techniques on a line, the children in upper juniors advance in that skill and transfer those balancing techniques to difficult manoeuvres in netball and basketball. The Real PE curriculum, working alongside our own outdoor PE curriculum, allows every child to grow and develop through physical education.
Through dance (which is provided during indoor PE lessons), our learners have rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment. Creating and performing are core activities for all learners, and taking part in dance contributes to their physical education and physical activity. Learners develop their technical skills and the quality of their movement, and use their imagination and skills to create and choreograph dance sequences. We also offer an after school dance club for all ages.