An Overview of PE at Dringhouses Primary School

At Dringhouses Primary School, we provide our pupils with a high quality Physical Education through which they can develop a broad range of skills, values and attributes. 

The national curriculum states that ‘a high quality physical education inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that 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.’ These are qualities and values that we, at Dringhouses, are striving to instil in all our pupils through a well-thought out and resourced PE curriculum.

All pupils from Reception to Year 6 take part in at least two PE lessons each week. In most cases, one of these is taught by their class teacher and the second is delivered by a PE specialist from Total Sports.

The focus in Early Years and KS1 is to give pupils opportunities to develop key skills and master basic movements such as throwing/catching and dodging/weaving whilst beginning to introduce them to key sports. Pupils then carry these skills through into KS2 and begin to develop them further by using them in a range of PE activities and sports including Gymnastics, Dance, Invasion Games, Net/Wall Games and Outdoor Adventurous Activities.

External sports coaches also come into school to work with teachers in lessons. This provides professional development opportunities for staff, as well as giving pupils the opportunity to experience specialists in variety of sports. For example, last year pupils in KS2 enjoyed specialist teaching in Athletics, Futsal (York City Football Club) and Rugby (York Knights).

All Early Years and KS1 pupils also have regular access to Forest School workshops. This gives them a chance to explore the outdoor learning environment and develop key skills which benefit their Physical Education including gross motor skills, team work and self-esteem.

In Years 1 and 2, pupils also enjoy swimming lessons as part of their Physical Education. These take place at York Sports Village throughout the year.

We encourage children to try a wide range of sports and have provided a range of taster sessions already this year including Fencing, Judo and Archery.

All pupils are given the chance to go on a residential trip during year 5 or 6. This allows them to experience additional outdoor and adventurous activities such as raft building and rock climbing.

PE Clubs and Teams

At Dringhouses, we are continuously improving the provision of sports clubs both at lunch time and after school. Pupils in KS1 and KS2 have the opportunity to attend clubs taught by class teachers and external specialists including Total Sports. The range of clubs that are on offer vary throughout the year.

Clubs that take place for children in KS1 throughout the year include:

  • Total Energy Club
  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Dodgeball
  • Tri-golf
  • Basketball

Clubs that take place for children in KS2 throughout the year include:

  • Football
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Dance
  • Hockey
  • Tri-golf
  • Dodgeball
  • Cricket
  • Tennis

Our PE coordinator is Mr Sam Hardcastle

Please contact him via the School Office for further information.

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