At Heworth we are passionate about sport and providing our children with the best possible provision and opportunities through which they can develop a broad range of skills, values and attributes.
The national curriculum states that 'a high quality physical education inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.' These are qualities and values that we, at Heworth, are striving to instil in all our pupils through a well-thought out and resourced PE curriculum.
All pupils from Reception to Year 6 take part in at least two PE lessons each week. In most cases, one of these is taught by their class teacher and the second is delivered by our PE leader.
The focus in Early Years and KS1 is to give pupils opportunities to develop key skills and master basic movements such as throwing/catching and dodging/weaving whilst beginning to introduce them to key sports. Pupils then carry these skills through into KS2 and begin to develop them further by using them in a range of PE activities and sports including Gymnastics, Dance, Football, Cricket, Tag Rugby, Invasion Games, Net/Wall Games and Outdoor Adventurous Activities.
We have developed links with local sports clubs who come into school on occasions to deliver lessons. Recent visitors include Yorkshire Cricket Club, the York City Knights and Heworth Tennis Club.
Our Reception and Y1 children all take part in forest schools lessons at various points throughout the year (20 mornings a year in Reception, 10 morning a year in Y1).
In Year 2 and 3, pupils also enjoy swimming lessons as part of their Physical Education. These take place at Archbishop Holgate's School during the Summer & Spring term.
All pupils are given the chance to go on a residential trip during Year 5 and 6.