In physical education children take part in a wide variety of activities. They learn that being active is fun and that it is important to lead an active lifestyle.
Children learn and explore basic movement skills, they develop these skills throughout their time at Drighlington Primary School and leave as confident movers, able to play a wide range of sports.
At key stage one, children experience dance, games, athletics and gymnastics. At key stage two, in addition to those skills taught earlier, pupils also have lessons in swimming and outdoor/adventurous activities.
In gymnastics, children use large apparatus which enables them to develop their gross motor skills (climbing, jumping, balance etc). We play a wide variety of team games and during fine weather we take advantage of our playing field for outdoor activities of many kinds. Lessons involving the use of small apparatus (bats, balls, skipping ropes etc) develop the children’s fine motor skills such as catching, throwing and hand/eye co-ordination. During the summer, children do athletics on the track on the school field and also learn the fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing events.
We believe in healthy competition teaching the children to do their best and be gracious in victory and defeat. Over the past few years we have been champions in football, rounder’s, athletics, swimming, cross country and even won the Morley Football final.
We also run lunch and afterschool clubs, some of which are led by coaches from local teams, teachers and teaching assistants.
PE and Sport play a very important part in the life of Drighlington Primary School and at least two, hour sessions per week, are dedicated to physical activity in the curriculum. We believe that physical education and sport contribute to the holistic development of young people and through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn more about key values such as teamwork, fair play and respect for themselves and others.
There is significant evidence to show the positive effects of sport and exercise on children’s physical health, growth and development. Furthermore, sport also provides a healthy environment for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing.
In April 2013, the Government announced new funding (Sport Premium) for physical education (PE), sport and physical activity to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision at school, for two years. We are using the Sport Premium to improve the quality of PE and Sport provision.
We do lots of work with Sports Partners. Here are some websites that may help parents and carers to access additional sports for their children:
Active Schools Link - https://www.leedssouthandcentralssp.org/photo-gallery-1
Competition Calendar - Primary- https://www.leedssouthandcentralssp.org/primary-school-calendar/
Competition Calendar - Inclusion - https://www.leedssouthandcentralssp.org/leeds-inclusion-calendar/
MSSA - https://www.leedssouthandcentralssp.org/morley-school-sports-association/