Physical Education at Riverside
The school places considerable importance on the principle of physical education that is inclusive and accessible for all pupils. We use PE and school sport as a tool for whole school improvement with personal challenge and skill progression at the heart of what we deliver.
It is important to distinguish the differences between Physical Activity,School Sport and Physical Education with all 3 playing a key part in the development of Riverside pupils.
While as a school we support the governments 30:30 programme, aimed at children engaging in a minimum of 30 minutes physical activity at school,and 30 minutes a day at home, this is part of our embedded practice that children engage with throughout the school day in all lessons and lunch and break times. Riverside children have opportunites to be 'active' through playing a variety of class games, active lessons and support and equipment available at break and lunch times. Riverside also offers a wide range of sporting and active clubs during and after the school day, from eco and gardening club to football and table tennis.
School sport provides all Riverside pupils with the chance to compete in a hugue variety of sporting events, learning key skills such as team work, how to deal with winning and losing in a sporting manner, communication and resilience. We engage with school sport throuogh a number of different organisations such as the school games, North Yorkshire Sport and individual sporting leagues. These are often inter-school competitions but also include intra-school events. All children leave Riverside having represented the school in a sporting competition.
Physical Education is the specific acquisition of skills that lead to a child's physical progression and development. These skills are delivered in specific PE lessons centred around personal improvement and challenge. While there might be other elements brought in to these lessons such as competition, the main objective is to understand the benefit the acquisition of these skills can have on our physical and mental health, how they contribute to an overall healthier lifestyle and how we evaluate our own performance in order to improve further.
PE, for every class from KS1 upwards, will be delivered twice weekly and appropriate kit will be needed depending on the objectives of each lesson. This will be communicated in individual Year groups where different from the usual PE kit:
Indoor - Shorts and team coloured t-shirts, trainers/pumps or barefeet depending on the lesson.
Outdoor - Team colouored t-shirts with suitable outer layers for weather conditions. Outdoor trainers. Shorts or tracksuit bottoms.
Swimming lessons run all year in Year 4, with ‘catch up’ lessons offered in years 5 and 6 where pupils have not reached the required national standard. These lessons take place at the Tadcaster Community Pool through the expertise of the centre’s own instructors. To help meet the costs for these lessons, the school asks for a voluntary contribution from parents.
The responsibility for the safety of each PE lesson lies with the individual teacher and if they believe that children are not safe for any reason, they may ask them to engage with the lesson in a different way to ensure the health and saftey of the whole class.