At Edgware, Physical Education (PE) is an integral part of our Curriculum that is inclusive and engages all pupils, in a supportive and challenging environment. We aspire for children to acquire, develop and refine their practical skills and techniques; to further their knowledge and understanding of PE concepts and principles and develop their overall competence, to enjoy, and excel in, a broad range of sports and physical activities.
We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities which enable all children to succeed; to enjoy their learning; to be resilient and consistently strive to give their best efforts at all times and achieve their potential and personal best.
Children participate in competitive sport and through this we teach children how to co-operate and collaborate effectively as part of a team and compete appropriately against others, adhering to the principles of fairness, sportsmanship and respect, values we hope to embed for future life.
We understand the importance PE, school sport and daily physical activity has on children's general health, fitness and mental wellbeing. We provide opportunities for all children to be physically active for sustained periods of time and we teach children the importance of leading healthy, active lives and making informed and appropriate lifestyle choices.
Swimming is an important life skill and we aspire for all children to leave primary school being able to swim at least 25 metres.
Children are encouraged to be active and healthy.
Children have two lessons across the week for PE. In order to ensure we are providing high quality teaching of skills, we work alongside specialist instructors. We use the Val Sabin curriculum.
Across the year, children are involved in many sporting activities both in and out of school. We regularly enter sports competitions and have an annual sports day. Alongside this, children are taught what is a healthy diet and the importance of eating a good balanced diet. Across the school the children do the daily mile to ensure they are healthy. We have won the Gold Healthy Schools Award.
Our playground has fantastic gym equipment and other climbing equipment to help children develop their gross motor skills, balance, upper arm strength, increase stamina and exercise their bodies. Our MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) is also used for football, netball and basketball.
There are many physical and emotional benefits to playing outside. Outdoor exercise has proven benefits to mental wellbeing. Studies have suggested they reduce emotional and physiological stress.
Children in lower Key stage Two - Year 3, have swimming lessons to ensure that they learn to swim.
As per the National curriculum, children are taught to: swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke) perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.