At Buryfields we aim to provide our children with a love for sport and physical activity. It is crucial that our children learn how to keep themselves fit and healthy. We strive for our children to develop their gross motor and fine motor skills through a variety of different sporting activities.
At Buryfields children have two hours of structured PE lessons each week. Year 1 and 2 children have PE outdoors throughout the year and Early Years begin outside activities during the spring term. The Early Years children also have access to their outdoor area every day.
The children are taught across the following areas in PE: Gymnastics and dance are taught as blocks using units that have been created to link with topics. Dance as an art form is inclusive and accessible to all pupils whatever their ability or cultural background. Children are encouraged to make, perform and respond in a variety of ways. In Early Years children also follow the WriteDance scheme which has proven to be very effective for the children as it develops their gross motor and fine motor skills. It is also provides them with confidence as they learn to represent their thoughts and ideas on paper. Games is taught by Mr Mannion and the class teacher on a Monday. We cover a range of different sports such as rugby, football, basketball, golf, athletics and hockey. We also develop control, coordination and balance through multi-skills. We focus on the progression of skills as children move up through the school. The units are blocked on a long term plan to enable teachers to develop the children’s skills and ensure that they experience all the areas of PE. We ensure all children are able to access all areas of PE and provide appropriate measures to enable them to suceed and develop. Yoga is also used within the school to develop self awareness, calming techniques, balance, control, coordination, focus and supports positive mental health in children.
Our children recognise the importance of staying fit and healthy and the things that impact this. Safety in PE is vital and we ensure our children learn how to keep safe in PE and use the apparatus appropriately. We praise our children for their achievements in class or celebration assembly. We also make links with other local schools to develop and extend sporting opportunities for children.
We reocgnise the importance of competition and include this throughout our lessons but also by competing against other local schools.
Extra curricular opportunities are provided at Buryfields. We have a football club, street dance club and SportyKids, all of which are very popular with the children. SCL and SportyKids provide taster sessions for the children which allows them to experience some of the activities they would participate in if they attended the clubs.