Physical Education at Bitterne CE Primary School
Through our physical education programme, we aim to provide a positive attitude towards sports and exercise to our children. We encourage the children to lead active and healthy lifestyles, including embracing and maintaining the city-wide ‘Healthy High 5’ scheme which aims to instil positive behaviours for a healthy lifestyle in all pupils. Within our provision, we teach the children to be concerned with their own and others’ safety in all activities undertaken. The programme aims to develop the children’s interpersonal skills by helping pupils be aware of their roles as member of teams and groups. We encourage our children to observe the conventions of fair play and sporting behaviour.
Our physical education programme follows the guidelines set out in the ‘national curriculum’ for key stages 1 and 2. In key stage 2, half of the curriculum is delivered through an external provider, who delivers lessons in line with the school’s progression of skills for P.E. During their time at the school, the children will experience individual and team games, gymnastic and dance activities, outdoor adventure activities and athletic skills. Children will also be encouraged to represent the school in a variety of competitive and non-competitive formats. Pupils in year 5 will receive swimming lessons in a unit of 15 sessions over a three-week period in the Summer Term.
For the 2018/19 academic year, Bitterne CE Primary was proud to be awarded the Gold School Games Mark award for commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive sport across key stage 2. In order to achieve the award, the school took part in multiple inter- and intra- school competitions (which included our outstanding success at the Southampton athletics), promoted links to sports clubs in the local area, developed a daily programme of sporting activities for our pupils, and encouraged children to actively participate in the coaching and guidance of fellow pupils.