At Lubbins Park Primary Academy it is the aim that all children are able to participate in and enjoy physical activity. We recognise the importance of regular physical activity and the promotion of physical health and well-being. We also recognise the need for children to be able to work co-operatively, demonstrating team work and building on individual skills.
All classes throughout the school from Year 1 to Year 6 have dedicated PE slots in their timetable. In addition to this we have additional sports activities, in our sports’ programme. These include race days, team days, visiting coaches and mini tournaments.
Physical development is a key part of the EYFS curriculum and there are lots of opportunities for children to develop both their fine and gross motor skill through child led learning in the indoor and outdoor environment. We have a range of equipment and facilities to allow the children in the EYFS to develop their coordination and gross and fine motor skills. They also learn how to use equipment safely and to develop their sporting and physical skills, indoors and outdoors.
Key Stage One and Key Stage Two participate in PE that session rotate around the areas of gymnastics skills, games and dance. We plan collaboratively, using the expertise of all staff. We ensure we have a core set of equipment and also have access to cluster based equipment and expertise though the Deanes School Sports Partnership.
We deliver an ongoing programme of training and development in order to drive forwards the delivery, planning and assessment of the PE curriculum through funding from Sports Premium. Staff attend training, lead training and benefit from a range of professional advice and support through the School Sports’ Partnership. Since this began the children have reported that they have experienced more active PE sessions and staff have improved their confidence at teaching PE.
In the coming year it is our aim that we continue to build on staff’s good practice making sure that new staff to the school benefit from courses provided by the Deanes School Sports Partnership.
We also are actively involved in a range of tournaments, events and competitions with other schools through the Sports’ Partnership. A programme has been set up for the year ahead, including gymnastics, dance, golf, mountain biking, football, tag rugby, athletics and cross country. Different children attend each event.
At lunchtime, MDAs deliver focussed activity sessions weekly for the children to ensure they have the skills and ability to engage in physical activity purposefully at lunch times.
Our extensive participation in sport last year has enabled us to achieve the Silver School Games award and we were also the Castlepoint and Rochford School of the Year.