At Whitehall Park we provide the children with an excellent opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports and activities in their PE lessons. We aim to deliver a high quality Physical Education curriculum which would inspire all pupils to achieve their best. On top of this we aim to provide for our pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness.
Key Stage 1
Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be taught to:
- Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- Perform dances using simple movement patterns.
Key Stage 2
Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils should be taught to:
- Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- Play competitive games
- Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
- Perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
At Whitehall Park, our year 3 children experience regular swimming lessons which are currently scheduled for every Wednesday afternoon at Archway pool. In accordance to the national curriculum our children should be able to:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- Use a range of strokes effectively
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
At Whitehall Park school we take part in The Daily Mile initiative. This is encouraged by the government to ensure our children are meeting their recommended daily amount of exercise. The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and well being of our children.
This academic school year we have started to compete in a number of sports both locally and across the city. This had given us opportunity to play competitive games against a number of schools. A huge amount of credit must go to the pupils for how successful we have been thus far especially in our football teams. There will be plenty more opportunities for the children to represent the school in a variety of sports and age groups.
The Schools Game Mark
The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress. At Whitehall Park we are proud to compete in a variety of sports against local and partner schools. Our extra curricular activities are a fantastic opportunity for our children to try new sports and develop their skills. Through our sports captain leadership programme, many children have the opportunity to lead, manage and officiate matches and activities, allowing them to progress their organisation, communication and leadership skills. Through the scheme Whitehall Park School got awarded the gold award!
Sports Club Links
We have worked extremely hard to build so many relationships with sports clubs within the local area. This is to provide the opportunity for our pupils to continue their sports development outside of school and play in competitive teams. We now have partnerships with tennis, cricket, football, athletics, gymnastics, capoeira and other clubs. If you would like any more information about the clubs and how to join, please do come and speak to Coach Jack.