Physical Education at SMMA Primary
A broad and varied PE curriculum is not only important in developing our pupils’ physical, emotional and social wellbeing, it is also vital in allowing children to be more productive in all areas of the curriculum.
We aim to provide our pupils the opportunity to experience a variety of sporting disciplines and develop their skills and understanding across our PE curriculum. Throughout their time in primary, pupils will have exposure to many aspects of Physical Education through:
- 2hrs of specialised PE teaching per week (Y1 – Y6)
- 1hr of specialised gymnastics teaching per week (Reception – Y1)
- 30mins of specialised swimming teaching per week (Y3 – Y4)
- One term of specialised dance teaching per year, as part of our Shakespeare production (Reception – Y6)
- Entry to regular inter-school sporting tournaments and competitions
- A range of sports-based after-school clubs, all year round
In the early years of primary, the pupils will develop their physical skills through activities that promote and explore flexibility, balance, coordination and control. This is achieved through individual and group games that also help the pupils develop an understanding of cooperation, organisation and communication.
Particular focus and development of these skills and knowledge is achieved through Dance and Gymnastics, which are taught extensively in Reception and KS1.
From Year 3 to Year 6, the pupils are introduced to more specific sporting disciplines and have the opportunity to practice two different sports every half term, meaning they develop their sporting knowledge through twelve different areas in an academic year.
Swimming: In Year 3 and 4, the pupils have half an hour swimming lessons per week at Cally pool, where they are expected to be able to swim 25m unaided by the end of the course.
Dance: Pupils continue to receive dance instruction through the spring term, as they build a performance as part of our Shakespeare production.
Competitions and Tournaments
SMMA Primary have always aimed to give our pupils the opportunity be involved competitions and tournaments, allowing them to compete with other schools at an Islington, London or National level. We have entered a wide range of tournaments and seen past success in football, table tennis, rugby, track & Field, handball and athletics, to name a few.
We also aim to extend our pupils’ participation in sports by offering a range of after-school clubs, which can either focus on developing pupils’ existing knowledge or give them the opportunity to try different sports and games outside our curriculum.