Physical Education (P.E.) is defined as learning to develop and care for the human body through movements produced by skeletal muscles. At East Tilbury Primary School & Nursery, the prime purpose of P.E. is for all children to develop an understanding of the significant benefits that come from leading a physically active lifestyle.
Our broad and balanced curriculum will give all children the chance to experiment, practise and compete in an enjoyable, stimulating and appropriately challenging environment. The range of activities, along with high quality teaching, seek to ensure that children enjoy success and are motivated to further develop their health and fitness.
Throughout this academic year we have also introduced the Daily Mile, which involves children completing a two lap course around our school grounds. More information on this can be seen in the promotional video on our blogs page dated- 16/11/2016.
All pupils have two hours a week dedicated to P.E. sports and activities which change every half term, to ensure our students are covering all aspects of the P.E. curriculum and to continue to engage, challenge and motivate our pupils. This will ensure they are continuously learning new skills and securing others. Some lessons are taught by our specialist P.E. teacher, and all teachers are equipped with schemes of work to support teaching and learning in P.E. each half term.
This year, pupils in EYFS will develop their key physical skills, including: throwing and catching; running and jumping; agility; balance and co-ordination as well as key skills such as teamwork, and communication. They are also taught by specialist gymnastics coaches for half a term. During these lessons, pupils will develop their balance, coordination, movement, and flight skills. £400 of funding from Active Essex was also secured for the second year running, to enhance and develop core strength and gymnastics skills for all children in reception.
In Key Stage 1, there is a focus on further developing pupils’ fundamental skills of throwing and catching, running and jumping, agility, balance and co-ordination in the form of multi-skills and team games. Sport specific activities include football, gymnastics, tag rugby, dance, athletics and cricket. Pupils become confident working with equipment, in pairs and in small groups, follow rules and play in a competitive environment whilst developing their communication and team work skills.
In Key Stage 2, pupils are taught sport specific skills to allow them to progress and experience a wide range throughout their schooling experience. This year they will explore the following sports: basketball, football, hockey, tag rugby, netball, dance, gymnastics, outdoor adventurous activities, tennis, fitness, rounders, Kwik Cricket and athletics. Also in KS2, pupils are taken to Blackshots Leisure Centre for swimming lessons as one of their P.E. lessons each week. We also have a huge focus on learning the rules of play and officiating in all sports.
East Tilbury Primary School & Nursery has a House System; pupils are allocated to a specific House on entry. House points are awarded for all inter house competitions which take place throughout the year from cross country in the autumn term, to Kwik Cricket and sports day athletics in the summer term. Through taking part in these inter house competitions, we encourage the attributes of teamwork, equality, equity, and social responsibility which are our school’s core values. Furthermore, we have appointed House Captains and School Games Organisers, whose job roles include running and assisting with all major inter house competitions and sporting events which take place throughout the school year.
We also run a range of extra-curricular activities, in a non-competitive form. This includes lunchtime and after school clubs. Pupils also have the opportunity to represent the school and participate in the Thurrock School Sports Competitions. These are competitive and are played against primary schools in the borough (Multi-skills, Athletics, Football, Netball, Tag Rugby, Hockey, Tennis, Badminton, Cross Country, Tennis, Gymnastics, Dodge ball, and Basketball are amongst some of the competitions we take part in).
We are constantly upgrading our equipment and facilities to further enhance our pupil’s learning experience.
All children must wear a suitable P.E. kit for P.E. lessons, all hair which is long enough to be tied up and jewellery to be removed or taped. Please note that for swimming lessons, children must remove earrings not tape them and a swimming hat must be worn. Please refer to our P.E. policy for more details.