We are committed to providing an innovative and varied PE curriculum which is supplemented by extra-curricular opportunities. Good PE provision is proven to have a positive influence on the concentration, co-operation, attitude and achievement of children. At our school, pupils are encouraged to develop their own skills, take on leadership roles, be a part of a team, and to represent the school at competitive events, including the Wharfedale Schools cluster events. Such events give our children the opportunity to develop relationships with their peers in other schools who will transfer to the same secondary schools.
All of our children, from reception to Year 6, have weekly PE lessons which follow a planned curriculum. In reception and KS1, the lessons are taught by Kanga Sports and take place on the school site - either outside or in the school hall. In KS2, the lessons are taught by our specialist PE teacher either on site or at Bolton Abbey Village Hall. In PE, we align our teaching to the various cluster events, alongside the teaching of health related fitness and gymnastics. The children requested that vaulting be included in the gymnastic curriculum last year, and it remains as popular as ever.
Given our geography and surrounding environment, we are determined that all of our children should be confident, competent and safe in and around water. Swimming is an essential life skill, and as such, a vital part of our school’s PE curriculum. All of our KS1 and KS2 children swim every week for half of the year. They are transported to Craven Swimming Pool, where they are taught by four fully qualified swimming teachers, alongside trained teaching assistants. The standard of swimming overall is very high, and 100% of our children achieved the Year 6 requirement last year.
For the second half of the academic year, swimming lessons are replaced by Forest School lessons which are led by our Forest School trained member of staff. These lessons incorporate physical activity and learning and they take place in the school's woodland area.
Our children make full use of the outdoor space available to them and a wide variety of PE equipment is available to the children at breaks and lunchtimes. The field is fully utilised for football, cricket and rounders, dependent on the season. In the summer term, mini tennis nets seem to permanently position themselves across the playground. The installation of a trim trail has encouraged even the most timid child to climb, balance and jump, and the climbing frame is always full of children hanging in various upside down positions. The recently refurbished playground, along with its new markings has been very well received, and we look forward to using the fitness stations as the weather permits.
Extracurricular sports clubs run for KS1 and KS2 children throughout the academic year on Wednesdays and Fridays after school. We want children to view sport and fitness as enrichment to their lives so that they are encouraged to seek it out as a lifestyle choice.
We collaborate with other local schools and sports' clubs to offer extended opportunities for our children. Last year, the children enjoyed coaching sessions run by Giggleswick School, Upper Wharfedale RUFC, Ilkley Tennis Club, Hope Engineering and Airienteers Orienteering Club.
Our annual sports day takes place on the school field, and consists of a mix of fun and competitive events. The children participate individually, and in teams, for which the older children take responsibility.
PE and Sport Premium Funding
From September 2013, schools have received PE and Sport Premium Funding to enable the promotion of sport and active lifestyles. The funding enables schools to introduce children to sports and activities, led by specialists, that they would not otherwise be exposed to.
Click on the link below to read about our funding in the academic year 2021 2022.