What is Physical Education?
All children and young people should experience regular high quality physical education (PE). The medical evidence is too strong to not have PE as a compulsory subject in the curriculum. At Hever, your child is entitled to a broad and balanced programme of physical education with activities designed to be enjoyable, vigorous, purposeful and regular. Through providing positive experiences, a lifelong interest in physical activity can be encouraged. The range of physical activities is wide and the PE curriculum may include athletics, dance, football, games, gymnastics, judo, netball, orienteering, swimming and outdoor education.
A high quality programme is designed to satisfy the needs, abilities and interests of all individual children and young people. There will be some children and young people that prefer individual activities to competitive team games and others that enjoy aesthetic movement. Children and young people are given many opportunities to develop their interests through a planned PE programme that aims to develop knowledge, understanding, skills and above all, positive attitudes towards sport and physical activity. Within the broad philosophy that taking part is more important than winning, individual talents and sporting attitudes will be encouraged, together with those social and personal qualities inherent in both team and individual activities. These include the acceptance of responsibility, loyalty and cooperation, determination, tolerance and the enjoyment of success as well as simply taking part. Together with other subjects, PE helps to prepare pupils for adult life and contributes to the development of a wide range of physical, personal, social, learning and thinking skills. Opportunities also exist in PE for pupils to progressively be given more responsibility to plan, lead and organise events and develop the right attitudes to competition – to be positive in defeat and gracious in victory. PE can help your child to develop positive attitudes which lead to success.
Helping your child’s physical education
Your child can experience many benefits, both mentally and physically, as a direct result of their participation in some form of physical education – and higher level of participation can often lead to greater rewards. Parents can do much to help their child gain the greatest benefit from physical education by taking an interest, offering encouragement, and if possible joining in.
Taking an Interest
Try to take one of the many opportunities offered throughout the academic year (at parent evenings, sports events and school open days, etc.) to visit the school, meet staff, and discover more about what your child is doing and what is on offer. Be prepared to discuss any problems your child may have with an activity with their teacher. If your child is requested to provide kit for certain activities, make sure it is available, clean and in good repair. (Your child’s teacher will be happy to discuss in confidence any problem arising from this request.)
Always be ready to encourage your child whenever they experience difficulty, and give praise for effort. Remember: praise when your child has done their best is as important as praise for being the best. Accompany your child to sporting events and festivals whenever you can, particularly if he or she is a competitor.
The benefits of physical education need not be restricted to your child at school. The whole family can enjoy good health and physical well-being with gentle, regular exercise. A brisk, half-hour walk three times a week is better for you and less dangerous than some other activities. Gradually build up your fitness by walking, jogging, cycling or swimming. You never know, it could be fun getting fit with family and friends, and it would make the world of difference to your health.
As mentioned, we believe that P.E. is an integral part of the curriculum, allowing children to broaden their sporting experiences and competing at different levels and abilities both in and outside school. All pupils have at least two hours plus P.E. per week, and all children are frequently taught by specialist PE coordinators and coaches. Class teachers are also coached and mentored by specialist PE teachers.
Hever Primary School offers a large number of after school sporting activities which are open to all children and our sports teams have had success at a local and county level. We celebrate sporting achievements every Monday in Worship, (achievements inside and outside of school) pictures and trophies are proudly displayed around the school.
Judo at Hever:
Introducing Judo into our schools’ curriculum has been a very important step towards showcasing Judo to our students and introducing them to this sport which has become a legacy in our school!
The approach to the learning processes of Judo gives the children a unique experience, because it not only takes into account the physical and mental approach to the sport itself but also relates to many aspects of everyday life as well. It really has improved our children’s life balance.
The etiquette and discipline is part of the learning process but it is also an essential part of the overall ethos of sport. It should therefore be taught as part of the process. Judo is an Education for life.
Lessons and our new after school club are run by Chris Bowles, a 6th Dan and qualified BJA coach. He went on to become British Open champion in 1978 and 1980, a European silver medallist and represented Britain at the Moscow Olympic Games in 1980. Chris has also been appointed GB Men’s Lead Coach, Rio 2016.
There are Play Judo classes for children to introduce them to the fundamentals of judo. We hope to start progressing through the grading system denoted by coloured and banded belts.
Our KS2 children have enjoyed competitive experiences against St Michael’s School and we were victorious in our Judo matches.
Hever Primary School will award ‘Colours’ in PE and Music to a pupil who meets the following criteria:
Represents the school in an inter-school match/gala, festival or tournament. A child will be expected to represent the school for ‘the season’ or perform with other schools, choirs or orchestras to an audience wider than our school community.
Be a responsible and reliable member of the team/group, returning permission slips, kit and equipment on time.
Demonstrates commitment by attending trials, practices or rehearsals arranged.
High standard of behaviour.
Positive attitude and enthusiasm.
Encourage others in the team/group.
Shows respect to all involved.
A child may be awarded a ‘colour’ irrespective of their longevity at the School.
Colours are awarded at the discretion of the staff of Hever Primary School.
Early Years - PE is a very important part of learning and children become more confident using gross motor skills, strengthening their body learning about space , improving co-ordination, listening, concentration , basic skills like ball skills, enjoyment and starting to be knowledgeable about how our bodies work. The children experiment different ways of movement, balance stretching and sequence with opportunities to use various pieces of apparatus. Pupils have 1 taught PE lesson inside focusing on dance, gymnastics and judo. Pupils have continual access to apparatus, bikes, scooters, balls, hoops and large building blocks.
KS1 - 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 P.E. These include dance, gymnastics, ball skills and judo with a continuation focus on coordination and teamwork.
KS2 - KS2 pupils follow an annual cycle which ensures they have 1 hour of dance or gymnastics and 1 hour of field sports or swimming. Swimming is taught to pupils throughout Key Stage 2 at Edenbridge leisure centre with the assistance of a TA who has Swimming Level 2 ASA Course qualification. KS2 pupils have wider opportunities to attend competitive events and tournaments outside school. The school actively supports the Edenbridge Sports Partnership and partakes in some events/competitions coordinated by the of the Sevenoaks Schools Partnership.