The government states that ‘a high quality physical education curriculum should inspire all children 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 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.’
At Gorseybrigg we are proud to provide a wide range of opportunities and experiences, not only to fulfil requirements, but to enhance and enrich the curriculum for all our pupils.
All children in Reception to Year 6 participate in 2 hours of Physical Education per week and follow the Val Sabin schemes of work covering aspects of dance and gymnastics. Real PE is taught throughout school which ensures all children develop their fundamental skills of agility, balance and coordination. This also develops children’s personal and social skills.
Our foundation Stage
Our Foundation Stage children have continuous access to their own outdoor area where they can develop their fine and gross motor skills through activities such as climbing, cycling, building, writing and painting.
Children also have a weekly gymnastic and dance session in the school hall. Reception children have a Real PE lesson each week too. Reception children have Early Riders training each year which takes place in the school hall on balance bikes and then attend a festival alongside other schools.
Key Stage 1
Our Key Stage 1 children have two hours of PE each week, alternating between dance, gymnastics and Real PE.
Key Stage 2
Our Key Stage 2 children participate in the Monday Mile.
This is a great opportunity to kick start the week and improve the physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of our children. A weekly swimming lesson takes place for our Year 4 children in the local sports centre.
We are affiliated to the North East Derbyshire School Sport Partnership
We are affiliated to the North East Derbyshire School Sport Partnership which provides a huge range of whole class opportunities throughout the year. We provide bikeability training for our Year 4&5 children. This enables them to gain practical skills and understanding of how to cycle safely on the road.
We train all Year 5 children to become mini leaders.
We encourage children to take on leadership roles in providing further opportunities in physical activity. Through the NED SSP we train all Year 5 children to become mini leaders. These children provide structured, fun activities and games during lunchtimes.
Children in Year 6 have the opportunity to go on a 4 night, action-packed, residential trip.
Each year, children in Year 4 and 5 also have the opportunity to attend an overnight stay in Castleton where a range of outdoor and adventurous activities are provided. This is often a first experience of staying away from home for many children. Children in Year 6 have the opportunity to go on a 4 night, action-packed, residential trip. This is a great way to cement friendships and celebrate their time at Gorseybrigg. A range of educational, team building and outdoor and adventurous activities provide an excellent itinery.
The children feel proud in their team kit and learn important values of respect and fairness.
We closely follow the NED SSP competition calendar throughout the year, participating in tournaments for cricket, basketball, athletics, boccia, football, cycling, swimming and tennis. The children feel proud in their team kit and learn important values of respect and fairness.
Whole class opportunities provided by the partnership include multi-skills, gymnastics and dance festival alongside other local schools.
We further enrich the curriculum by inviting local sports coaches into school to provide taster sessions and build club links with the local community. Every year, in the Summer term, we hold a Sports and Health Week. During this week a wide range of opportunities are offered, including visiting the Dronfield Sports Centre to use their facilities, local clubs offering taster sessions, lessons on healthy lifestyles and children participating in intra-competitions. The whole school also spends a day on a local countryside walk, learning to respect the countryside code and gaining the benefits of physical and mental wellbeing.
Nursery, KS1 and KS2 each hold their own Sports Days in the Summer term. All events include both competitive and non-competitive elements.