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Physical Education

Physical Education and Sport are central to the ethos at Gledhow. A fit and healthy child playing sport learns to compete and challenge themselves against others and against their personal best. Team sport encourages children to play together and strive to be the best. If we do our job well, then they also learn to accept defeat as an inevitable outcome of trying to win. These are core life skills in our view. We also challenge those with talent to seek out clubs and teams in which they can further their skills. Many of our children enter local and national competitions and go on to play at a high level.

Cross Curricular

Although PE is a curricular subject in its own right and is a part of our programme of study, we also encourage physical activity in many areas of school life. In EYFS physical skills are practised and developed as part of outdoor learning through obstacle courses, climbing trees and moving and carrying. We encourage and develop sports leaders from KS2 to help facilitate team games and activities during playtimes and lunchtimes. Many KS2 classes take part in the daily mile where we use our extensive grounds to allow children, in a manner in which they choose, to complete a mile circuit on a regular basis during the week. 

We foster and encourage links with other local schools, teams and organisations to develop opportunities for our pupils to engage in competitive sport. We run a comprehensive Enrichment provision with over 120 pupils benefitting from additional coaching, including support from the Leeds Rhinos Foundation.

Team Games

Team games teaching provides children with sports skills such as aiming, shooting and passing, but also enables them to develop their understanding of strategy and team work. Our carefully planned programme ensures that games skills are revisited throughout the year and across school.

Through this study, our children are able to develop general team game skills but also to specialise and join our lunchtime football leagues, ASAC sports clubs and represent the school in one of our many competitive teams.

Individual Pursuits

Children are also taught sports skills for games and activities that are not always played as a team. There is of course overlap; although running and swimming involve the development of precise techniques and are solo events, the school enters competitions so that swimmers and athletes can also represent the school as part of our teams.

We are consistently one of the top ten schools in Leeds across all sports and excel in many. For example, our swimming teams are undefeated in nine years and have produced many swimmers who have competed for Leeds, and in Regional and National competition.

Performing Arts

The final strand of our teaching develops the children's gymnastic and dance skills. Benefitting from specialist dance teaching provided using national PE funding, our children are taught to a high standard and develop their skills very well in this overlap subject between sport and the arts. Again we enter dance and gymnastic competitions and help children access additional outside provision.

The units studied in dance provide a platform for children to challenge themselves and perform individually, and as a team, to a high level.

Physical Education Teaching Framework - Units of Work

            Autumn 1            Autumn 2      Spring 1           

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1    

Games Skills and Gymnastics Games Skills and Dance

Games Skills and Gymnastics 

Football and Dance

Net and Wall and Athletics

Games Skills and Atheltics

Year 2

Gymnastics and Game Skills Gymnastics and Game Skills Games Skills and Dance

Uni Hockey and Gymnastics

T-Ball and Athletics

Cricket and Atheletics

Year 3

Tennis and Dance Rugby and Gymnastics Dance and Hockey

Benchball and Netball

Cricket and Athletics

T-Ball and Athletics 

Year 4

Dance and Cricket Gymnastics and Football Handball

Handball

Athletics and Rugby

Athletics and Rounders

Year 5

Football Football Gymnastics and Rugby

Basketball and Dance

Athletics 

Rounders

Year 6

Netball and Dance Football and Gymnastics Basketball and Fitness

Hockey and Circuit Training

Cricket and Athletics

Rounders and Sports Day

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