At Braywick Court School we deliver specialist PE teaching from Preschool up to Year 6. Our highly skilled sports team work with all our pupils for two hours a week during curriculum time, and also deliver our extensive range of extra curriculum sporting opportunities.
The intent of our PE curriculum is to create confident and able pupils who engage in life long participation in sport. Engagement and enjoyment in all sports is something we foster from the Early Years.
School Games Mark
We have been awarded the Gold School Games Mark in recognition of our outstanding PE and Sport provision.
The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
Having achieved Bronze in 2021/23 we are delighted that our continued commitment to sport and fitness has been recognised. We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
A special thanks to our specialist Sports Coach, Mr Bavington, for all his hard work in organising fixtures, squad training, clubs, sports day as well as whole school fitness initiatives such as HIIT workouts and a daily minimum of 30 minutes physical activity.
Our Physical Education Curriculum
The key aims of our PE curriculum are:
- Develop a love of sport and physical activity
- Foster life long participation in sport
- Promote the mental health and well-being benefits of an active lifestyle
- Develop understanding and participation in a variety of sports
- Provide opportunities to develop transferrable skills through sport eg communication, teamwork, confidence & self esteem
- For every child to have the opportunity to participate in competitive sports both in school and in the local community
Our carefully mapped curriculum introduces our youngest pupils to fundamental movement skills. Key skills such as agility, balance, coordination, throwing & kicking are mastered across EYFS and Key Stage 1 through fun and engaging lessons which allow all pupils to access the curriculum fully.
In lower Key Stage 2 our curriculum focuses on the principles of play for invasion games. This ensures that pupils build upon the fundamentals covered in Key Stage 1. Pupils have access to coaching in a range of sports eg, basketball, handball, tag rugby and football. In upper Key Stage 2 the focus of our teaching is patterns of play, this enables our pupils to transfer skills across sports such as width and depth in attack and defending.
Our children all have the opportunity to join a school squad and are actively encouraged to take part in squad training sessions which are run daily by our sports team.
Dance and gymnastics is taught to each year group, led by our specialist dance teacher.
In addition to our extensive physical education curriculum, we are committed to ensuring that EVERY child has the opportunity to learn to swim during their time at Braywick Court School. Every class has swimming lessons for half a term every year, this in in addition to their weekly PE lessons.
Our school site provides a range of purpose built facilities to support our delivery of our PE curriculum. Our sports playground and school hall provide a perfect space for the introduction of sporting skills. Our Key Stage 2 PE is taught at the Braywick Leisure Centre, giving us access to state of the art professional facilities. Our squad training sessions also take place daily at the Leisure Centre.
Through our PE curriculum, extra-curricular activities and sports competitions, Braywick Court School aims to create positive experiences that provide our pupils with a platform to develop a life-long love of physical activity and sport.
By taking part pupils can experience being active, with expert coaching and support so they are engaging in the right kind of exercise for their age group. Building healthy muscles, engaging in cardiovascular exercise and burning calories are all essential in children’s physical development.
By recognising the skills of others, supporting their teammates and encouraging each other, competitive sports are great for developing pupils understanding of what it means to be a team. For certain pupils, becoming captain or leading a team can be a great way to discover their leadership qualities, and learning to manage and organise a team as well as being part of one.
Competitive sports can be brilliant for building pupils confidence and can be a real boost to self esteem. Taking part in competitions can be a great way to feel a sense of pride in their achievements and grow in confidence.
Learning to lose
By taking part in competitions pupils can learn to handle this in a safe, supportive environment. Learning to cope with failure is a lesson that can be essential in later life.