Curriculum & Assessment
PE at Stillness
Stillness ensures that a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities is taught throughout all year groups. The PE curriculum provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way, which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect and therefore the children at Stillness have access to inter and intra school competitions throughout the year.
Stillness are a part of the Little Leaders Programme where we attend sports tournaments and compete against other schools. Additionally, we are a part of the ALPS (Association for Lewisham Primary Schools), were all years compete in a variety of competitions such as quick sticks hockey. We were very successful in 2015-2016 being placed in a variety of different competitions. When competing, the Y6 mixed rugby team came second in the inter borough competition. Additionally, there is both a girls and boys school football team made up of children from both Y5 and Y6 with Coach Ben. These children play in the Lewisham League in Blackheath. During school, the Y5 children also have the opportunity to go swimming, at Forest Hill Baths, where this runs as a 2-week intense programme with each class going a term. During this time, children really develop their skills and confidence and a high percentage of children reach the targets of swimming a distance of at least 25m, using a range of strokes effectively and can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
The highlight of the year is Sports Day, which is held at Kings Ground by the sports coaches who have worked hard with the children throughout the term in their PE lessons. This is a chance for the children to show off their skills in both field and track events, and to take part in fun events too. Parents, when able to, are encouraged to come and see their children compete in this lovely sporting venue.
At Stillness, we encourage children to join clubs outside school to further their sporting adventure. We currently have both girls and boys playing football for clubs outside school, a girl’s netball team and children doing exercise such as roller blading and gymnastics. Children from our school also attend swimming, athletics, dance, skateboarding and tennis clubs outside of school where they can continue to develop their own interest and expertise in their chosen sport.
The new curriculum incorporates a varied programme of dance, gymnastics, athletics and orienteering and a variety of team games. Children are taught two lessons of PE a week one with a PE coach and the other with their class teacher with the scheme of work ensuring pupils are taught to:
- use running, jumping and catching in isolation and in combination
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate, for example, rugby and hockey, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- 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, such as curling and archery
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
The children’s fitness is assessed termly throughout the year, whereby they be partake in a whole class bleep test. This allows us to track and monitor the fitness of each individual child – which the children love! Stillness are proud to be a part of the daily mile; children and teachers can walk, jog or sprint around our daily mile track for up to 15 minutes each day.
All of this allows our children to experience a variety of sports through high quality teaching that is engaging and fun. From our lessons, our children learn how to develop and progress as well as take responsibility for their own fitness and health. We aim to provide lessons and experiences that equip children to love sport where they will grow up to be healthy and fit using the skills, knowledge and practices we have taught them in PE.