During their time with us at Northbourne CEP, we encourage all our children to take part in as many different physical activities and after school clubs as possible, using our own sports coach, as well as inviting in external coaches to increase the options available. Every child will have two hours of PE each week with an option of signing up for as many after school clubs as are available to them. Over the academic year, every child in KS2 will also have swimmimg sessions at the local pool.
We actively motivate every child to learn new skills in a range of activities that can help to foster a love of sport that will hopefully stay with our children for life. We have fantastic grounds that allow us to run a wide variety of games and activities to develop the fitness of each child, which is something that we feel passionate about.
The Department for Education vision is very much a vision that we share and aim to achieve with every child.
All pupils leaving primary school will be physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
Our PE curriculum follows the National guidelines for PE provision via the widest possible range of activities from Lacrosse and Hockey to Volleyball and Orienteering.
PE is a very important part of learning and children become more confident using gross motor skills. By the end of their time in Willow class, they will have good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. Children will be able to use various pieces of apparatus and sports equipment.
Key Stage One
We encourage and motivate all children to participate during the sessions and we offer a broad curriculum to enable all children to feel motivated and comfortable in all areas of PE. These including games, gymnastics, ball skills and a continuation focus on perseverance, coordination and teamwork.
Key Stage Two
KS2 pupils will gain more experience of competitive sport both in school and outside. They will learn the tactical aspects of games and also have a chance to develop their teamwork skills. Children will have an opportunity to become leaders and coaches in lessons and within the school community at lunchtimes and playtimes. Our two Sports Ambassadors are selected from children in Oak class and have the responsibility for being role models within the sports environment of the school.
We firmly believe that there is a sport out there for every child and at Northbourne CEP we endeavour to find it. Some of our children have simply shown a love for fitness, while others are keen to continue to develop their skills and knowledge at local sports clubs with a view to county, regional or even national representation.
We aim to liaise with local clubs in and around our community, to enable our children to continue their progression after school hours. Our links currently include Kent County Cricket and Ash Rugby Club and we are pleased to be able to begin a partnership with Northbourne Park School, whereby we can use their brand new Hockey astroturf. We are always keen to forge new partnerships and are open to all opportunities.
Within school we run a very active House system. House Captains and Vice Captains are selected by the school community from the children in Oak class and have a responsibility to organise their sports teams across the school. Our four houses compete termly in the sport or activity that they have been learning in their PE lessons. Across a year therefore, every child will have represented their house in a sport or physical activity on at least six occasions, thus providing an opportunity to experience competition. Many of our children will be selected to represent the school in sport, with our children taking part in fixtures against local DEALT and Deal schools as well as joining some of the Dover School Games activities that are on offer.
We offer a range of after school sports and activities including Football, Basketball, Fencing, Archery, Gymnastics, Dance, Kurling, Boccia, Tag Rugby and Cricket to name a few. If the children are keen to learn a different sport or activity we will endeavour to provide it. Some children love the chance to be competitive with each other, whilst for others it can be simply the taking part that provides the stimulus. We happily provide the chance for both.
We hope that by the time the children leave us to attend their secondary schools they are well prepared to continue their sporting journey, along whichever path they may choose.