Subject lead: Adam Brown
The intent of our Colby PE curriculum is to create a culture which aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy PE, encourage each other and achieve. We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities which is essential in supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and moral development. Physical Education is a massive part of school life at Colby. We fundamentally believe that sport can lead to positive mental attitudes that cross over into all aspects of modern society. By expecting all children to take part in sport and exercise we hope that they will be happy, healthy, positive and confident in life.
PE at Colby is driven by a staff that are incredibly passionate about PE and sport. This has a knock-on effect for the children who really enjoy the subject and take up the rich variety of extra-curricular opportunities on offer. For a school of this size, they continue to punch above their weight at cluster competitions - this isn't just a coincidence, but as a result of hard work from the staff and pupils. Sports leadership is a particular strength, and this is demonstrated at events that the Year 5 and 6 have run for the sports partnership where other schools' staff have commented about the quality of delivery and the enthusiasm the children display.
Sports Coordinator for the Cromer and Sheringham Sports Partnership
At Colby, we believe that keeping ourselves healthy is an important life skill. We have signed up to be one of 7,000 schools participating in the Daily Mile. The idea is that children from Early Years all the way through to Year 6 take part in 10-15 minutes of activity every day. For most of us this will include running at whatever speed you feel comfortable with. Sometimes we play a game of bulldog or stuck in the mud. The most important thing is that children and adults enjoy being active.
Colby children are lucky enough to have access to a beautiful playing field where the majority of our P.E. lessons take place. We have several sets of goal posts and a marked out football pitch all year round. There is also a trim trail for circuits and Early Years developmental skills. On the playing field there is also a running track, as well as long-distance and hurdles markers, a zoned off dodgeball area and even a pirate ship! The school has a hall for gymnastics, dodgeball and indoor circuits and a playground for tennis and netball.
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Intra- and Inter-School Competitions
Colby children take great pride in representing their school and have done so magnificently at many sporting events across North Norfolk. The school is a member of the Cromer and Sheringham School Sports Partnership and our children participate in events all through the calendar year. Children of all ages have been able to travel to other schools, see new places and meet new people, whilst developing confidence and improving their sporting abilities.
House Captains and Sports Leaders run regular intra-school sporting events. These children are encouraged to organise, officiate and run these events themselves before reporting the results during our weekly assembly. The school also hosts a cluster teamwork event each year which gives our Sports Leaders and Year 6 pupils the chance to lead children from other schools.
In July, Colby hosts a week-long festival of sport. During the week, the children have a chance to compete against each other and break school records at our Colby Sports Championships, as well as learning to ride a bike during Cycle Day or experience a climbing wall funded by our PTA. Colby holds a traditional Sports Day where pupils' families are invited to come and celebrate the children's sporting achievements. Sports Week often has a theme and we link our school curriculum to large sporting events such as the World Cup and the Olympics.
Colby children have a huge variety of sports clubs to choose from throughout the week. We offer breakfast, lunch and after-school sporting sessions run by expert coaches and sports leaders. KS1 and KS2 football, KS1 and KS2 rugby, dodgeball, netball, girl's football and golf are just a few of the excellent opportunities the children are offered. Colby prides itself on our excellent pupil leadership and we often have sports leaders helping to run extra clubs throughout the term.
PE at Colby School:
At Colby we offer a dynamic, varied and stimulating programme of activity to ensure that all children progress physically through an inspirational, unique and fully inclusive PE curriculum. We encourage all children to develop their understanding of the way in which they can use their body, equipment and apparatus safely yet imaginatively to achieve their personal goals. All children have the opportunity to enjoy being physically active, maintain a healthy lifestyle and using the medium of sport, increase their self-esteem. We aspire for children to adopt a positive mind-set and believe that anything can be achieved with determination and resilience.
The aim of Physical Education is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Children are taught to observe and produce the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators. Thus, embedding life-long values such as co-operation, collaboration and equity of play which they are also encouraged to implement in the classroom and during social times at school. Our PE Curriculum, along with Life Skills lessons and Science, teaches children about the importance of healthy living and learning about the need for good nutrition. At Colby we aim for children to develop the necessary knowledge and skills which will have a positive impact on their future by becoming physically active citizens to benefit their long-term health and well-being.
At Colby we decided to implement these ideas and values by creating a curriculum that suited both the strengths of the staff and the interests of the children by focusing our curriculum on particular sports that the children can excel in over their time with us and foster a passion throughout their lives. At Colby School, children will focus on Tag Rugby, Athletics, Dodgeball, Gymnastics, Dance, Cricket, Hockey, Swimming and Football. Early Years children begin their sporting journey and by the time they leave Colby will have mastered the skills and knowledge to be successful in these sports.
At Colby, we have skilled PE teachers who share their expertise and enthusiasm in particular sports during their expert curriculum time. These sessions enrich the learning and experiences for children as they become inspired to participate in a range of PE opportunities. Children have equal opportunities to take part in a range of sports and physical activities within a supportive environment where effort and determination as well as success is recognised. Children are encouraged to participate in exercise throughout the day during PE lessons, clubs, outdoor learning, lunch provision and special events.
At Colby, the PE curriculum is structured to provide a range of sport experiences during which every child participates to develop their skills and learning through competitive, team and individual sports. Children with additional needs are provided with appropriate support to enable them to take part and gain confidence in skills, understanding and motivation. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. Children gain experience of a variety of fundamental skills. This has a focus on agility, balance, coordination and fitness. Children take part in individual skills, group skills and team games, using PE equipment appropriate for their age.
Through on-going teacher assessment, we can measure the impact of the Colby P.E. curriculum. Pupils receive peer feedback throughout their unit of work as well as self-reflection (sometimes through the use of ICT). Pupil’s scores and results from competitions in Athletics, Swimming and Cricket are logged by the P.E Subject Leader and passed between teachers so that progression through the school can be easily monitored and differentiation between classes is clear. The P.E. Subject Leader gives feedback to the Governors each year to discuss attainment and future curriculum development needs.
During P.E. lessons pupils are expected to:
Learn skills for a range of different sports
Be able to analyse and evaluate their own and others performances
Help, instruct and guide others
To know the effects of exercise on the body
Appreciate the principles of safe practice
Learn rules and strategies of new sports/games
‘Have a go at anything and everything’
Enjoy and have as much fun as possible
Run around and become out of breath
Play and create a range of different games
Develop their imagination and teamwork
Increase their fitness by regular exercise
Experience a range of weather conditions
Show compassion, forgiveness and patience
Learn team building skills
Develop leadership skills
Develop and understand how to win and lose