Welcome to the Eythorne and Elvington School’s Sport/PE Program!
- Inter-School Competitions:
At Eythorne and Elvington, we strive to encourage our students to participate in a wide range of activities and competitions. In the 2022-2023 school year, all of our Key Stage 2 pupils had the opportunity to represent the school in inter-school competitions, showcasing their skills and sportsmanship.
- Intra-School Competitions:
We believe in fostering a healthy competitive spirit within our school community. Students from all year groups at Eythorne and Elvington actively participate in inter-house competitions held at the end of each term. These competitions include engaging sports such as Badminton, Cricket, Orienteering, and football events.
- After-School Clubs:
To further enrich our students’ sporting experiences, we offer a variety of after-school clubs each term. These clubs provide opportunities for children to engage in sporting activities and receive specialized training from experienced coaches.
- House Captains:
In Year 6, our pupils at Eythorne and Elvington are given the esteemed responsibility of becoming House Captains. They lead their respective houses in intra-school competitions and take charge of organizing our annual sports day.
We prioritize the development of essential life skills such as swimming. At Eythorne and Elvington, our students participate in swimming lessons at a local leisure centre, where they learn to swim 25 meters confidently.
- Enrichment Experiences:
We believe that exposure to professional sports and other exciting activities enhances our students’ overall sporting journey. In the 2022/2023 academic year, our pupils had the opportunity to watch live sporting events, including a Football league fixture, a Test match, and a T20 cricket game. We also offer water sports activities for students to enjoy and explore new interests.
- Physical Education (PE):
Our PE curriculum is carefully designed to ensure that children receive a minimum of 2 hours of physical education per week. We take advantage of our amazing school facilities, including our outdoor areas, to provide a well-rounded and enjoyable PE experience.
In Key Stage 2, we prioritize the safety and development of our pupils as they learn to ride bikes. Through our Bikeability program, students acquire essential skills and knowledge to navigate the roads safely.
- School Games/Dover School Games:
Eythorne and Elvington actively collaborate with Dover School Games and local schools to participate in both competitive and non-competitive events. We are proud to have been awarded the _ School Games Mark this year, recognizing our commitment to promoting sportsmanship, participation, and excellence.
At Eythorne and Elvington, we believe that sports and physical education play a vital role in nurturing well-rounded individuals. We are dedicated to providing our students with a diverse range of sporting opportunities, ensuring they develop not only their athletic abilities but also valuable life skills along the way.
Our aim for Physical Education (PE) at Eythorne Elvington Community Primary School is to have our pupils working as athletes who are learning to work both as a team and individually in order to achieve an end sporting outcomes.
We ensure there is a broad and balanced PE and Sport curriculum in place ensuring progressive development of knowledge and skills for all children. Children are encouraged to have an awareness of a range of sports and activities as well as a strong understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to achieve in these areas.
In line with our whole-school Curriculum Intent, teachers will enthuse and inspire pupils through high quality coaching of all areas of PE. Pupils will be immersed in both the theory and practical side of PE and Sport as they look to build on their skills and knowledge through a range of clearly sequenced sessions.
As always, our core school values will be seen through the subject. Pupils will be encouraged to have the confidence to push their sporting limits to new boundaries in activities that they are already accustomed to and ones that are new to them also. Pupils will have ambitions to excel in all sporting activities that they take part in and opportunities to further enhance their skills and knowledge will be made available to those who are clearly attaining high standards in a given sporting field. Teachers will model the importance of perseverance in sport and pupils will be made aware of the important this quality has when learning any new activity. Working in pairs and as part of a team, pupils will discover the importance that empathy plays in team sports and how working together is vital to succeed in sport. Finally, all pupils will be set targets and challenges suitable for their sporting ability so that everyone is able to achieve the feeling of success.
Our PE curriculum has been designed to cover all of the skills, knowledge and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum states that PE should ‘A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities.’ To ensure that pupils develop a secure knowledge that they can build on, we have a coherently planned and sequenced curriculum which has been carefully designed and developed with the need of every child at the centre of what we do. We follow the National Curriculum elements of:
PE at Eythorne Elvington provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including
Invasion Games | Net Games |Striking and Fielding Games | Gymnastics | Dance | Health and Fitness |Outdoor Adventure | Swimming.
Pupils participate in at least 2 hours of high-quality PE lessons each week, covering one or two different sports/ skills focuses each half term. The Long-Term planning for each class sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. This is tracked by the PE Co-ordinator and used as handover for transition at the end of the academic year so that the new class teacher is aware of what the class has already been taught and to identify any areas that need further development. All staff can access the Medium-Term planning and half termly assessments for each class throughout the academic year. Teachers use and adapt planning and resources to ensure lessons across years show progression.
As with all subjects at Eythorne Elvington, for consistency, our four step process will be prevalent in the delivery of PE sessions.
Review | Teach | Practice | Apply
All learning will start by reviewing previous learning and then the teach element of each session will see teachers model the skills required to achieve the intended sporting outcome. A large proportions of PE lessons will be lent to pupils being able to practice the skills both individually and in small groups. Throughout this practice element there will be plenty of opportunity for self and peer assessment to further enhance their ability. All sessions will culminate in an activity or drill where pupils will be able to put apply the skills learnt.
Children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities. We provide inclusive and enjoyable clubs which increases children’s physical activity. Clubs are offered to both KS1 and KS2 children, occasionally Foundation Stage too. Children are encouraged to stay active at break times and can access a variety of equipment to use. All Year 5 children can become Play Leaders for the school. Training for this is provided by our PE lead member of staff. The Play Leaders develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with and organising games at break times. Each year, two class representatives are nominated to be part of Sports Captains. Meetings take place each half term and Sport Crew work with the PE Co-ordinator to develop our work as an active school along with helping to make decisions about whole school events such as choosing the inter-house competitions each year. Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events and festivals within the local area and beyond. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by children.
At Eythorne Elvington Community Primary School, we ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. All children are provided with the necessary skills and given opportunities to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Our pupils are physically active, and this has a positive impact on their learning in the classroom. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of regular exercise. We aspire for children to enjoy PE and develop a love of sport and physical activity which becomes part of their future life outside of primary school. Children can represent the school at sporting events from local to county level. Alongside this, we share sporting achievements both in and out of school in Celebration Assembly, so that we are promoting sports and activities, as well as celebrating all levels of success. We aim for all Year 6 pupils to leave school with the skills to competently swim at least 25m and have the skills to self-rescue in the water which are key life skills.