PE and Physical Pursuits

“At ARK Little Ridge our children will be secure in the knowledge of who they are, where they come from and confident in looking to where they will go next.” 

 

Subject Intent  

At ARK Little Ridge we value the importance of PE and the role it must play in promoting a long term, healthy lifestyle. The intent of our curriculum is to deliver high quality PE and sport provision whilst promoting the importance of mental health and well-being. It is our vision for every child to achieve and fulfil potential as well as developing their own physical literacy. We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. We want our pupils to appreciate the benefits of a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Through our teaching of PE, we will provide opportunities for pupils to develop values and transferrable life skills such as fairness and respect as well as providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive sport. 

 

Implementation  

Our focus is to deliver a well-rounded PE curriculum therefore we have dedicated a full afternoon per week for Physical Education. Each afternoon consists of 3 parts. The first part is sport related where children are given the chance to put skills into practise. Secondly children partake in a fitness session aiming to target various elements of fitness such as aerobic fitness, flexibility and balance. And finally, a health lesson where all elements of health are discussed including physical, social and emotional health. We believe that this approach allows for a well-rounded knowledge and understanding of health and fitness.  

In Key Stage 1, the focus is on improving agility, balance and coordination to be able to take part in co-operative and competitive sporting, dancing and gymnastic situations. The skills required to play competitive sports later in the school begin here, with children being taught to run, jump, throw and catch, as well as begin to play team games to learn the difference between defence and attack. 

In Key Stage 2, the process continues, with children learning a broader range of skills and applying them to a range of movements. Children continue to enjoy co-operating and compete, with added focus on communication. Throughout this key stage, children are exposed to a range of different sports for them to make informed choices about their own healthy and active lifestyles. 

Pupils from Year 1 to 6 also have the opportunity for physical activity during morning and lunchtime breaks on the Key Stage playgrounds which are well stocked with resources. Staff and Playground Leaders (trained pupils from Year 5 and 6) are on duty to co-ordinate a range of active playground games. Lunchtime sports clubs are also on offer to pupils. These can include: football, dodgeball, dance, golf and multi-skills. 

Pupils in Year 3 attend a weekly swimming lesson at Summerfields swimming pool during the summer term. 

Year 6 have an annual residential trip in the Summer term in which they undertake a series of physical and challenging activities, including: assault course; mid-ropes to high wires; climbing wall; tree climb. 

During the Summer term, Sports Days are held for EYFS and KS1/2 covering traditional sporting activities, however the focus during these events is participation and enjoyment. 

As Ark Little Ridge is supported by the Hastings and Rother Sports Partnership, pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 have the opportunity to participate in variety of School Games events held across the town, which introduce a more competitive element into sporting activities. 

All our activities are supported by a variety of sports and dance clubs lead by school staff and visiting professionals both at before-school, at lunchtime and after-school. 

Cross-curricular links are also threaded through our curriculum and used at every opportunity. Particularly in Science and PSHE but in other areas of the curriculum such as DT.  

 

Impact 

Children will leave Ark Little Ridge with an enjoyment and enthusiasm for PE and sport which should continue in the future, leading to a healthy and active lifestyle. They will also have acquired knowledge and skills that prepare them for KS3 PE. 

 

 

Whole School Overview

Rising Stars and the Hastings + Rother School Partnership

ARK Little Ridge are passionate about the importance of Physical Education (PE) for all of our children. As a school, we have chosen to adapt the award winning Rising Stars ‘Champions’ programme to ensure we deliver a broad skills-based curriculum. This programme includes sport and fitness-focused activities that educate children in the importance of being physically active and fostering a love of sport.

Our focus is to develop children’s fundamental movement skills during key stage 1 improving agility, balance and coordination. These skills are applied in a range of activities and team games with pupils given opportunities to practise and apply tactics for defending and attacking.

These basic movement skills are extended in key stage 2 with children developing their ability to link sequences of movement. Key stage 2 classes are taught a range of invasion games including netball, basketball, hockey and football. Our aim is to encourage children to be physically active and promote a love of sport building on our RIDGE values in PE lessons and competitions.

ARK Little Ridge is an active member of the Hastings & Rother School Games Partnership. This valuable link has enabled us access CPD opportunities for our teachers in Dance lessons, develop our whole-school curriculum and enter all competitions hosted by the partnership. We are proud to have achieved the Schools Games Mark to Gold level for the second year running, demonstrating our commitment to increasing participation in physical activity for all our pupils.