Our vision: Learning together we will all be exceptional at being physically active!
At Sunnyhill, our goal is for children to be physically active. We believe that physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives.
We want to ensure that, by the time they leave Sunnyhill, the children will have secure knowledge of the wide ranging benefits of regular exercise and will develop a passion and enthusiasm for one or more sports or forms of exercise.
We want Sunnyhill pupils to:
build on their skills in order to develop an in-depth understanding of PE
practice skills in a wide range of activities and sports
enjoy different forms of physical activity alone, in small groups and in teams
achieve high levels of physical fitness
understand the importance of physical activity for long term health and well being
develop positive attitudes to PE
engage in extra curricular sport
show respect to teammates, competitors and coaches
How PE is taught at Sunnyhill:
In the Early Years, physical development is one of the three prime areas.
By the end of Reception, children at the expected level of development should achieve the following gross motor skills:
Negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others;
Demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing;
Move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing.
In Nursery and Reception, the children have access to the outside classroom daily where they can explore the environment and often develop skills naturally. The EYFS outside area is equipped with climbing and balancing structures and a slide. There is also a bike track where the children are able to use scooters, trikes and balance bikes.
Early Years teachers plan activities that enhance the children’s development, including one PE lesson a week for Reception children using the Moving Matters scheme of work.
From Year 1 to Year 6, we use the Moving Matters lesson plans to deliver high quality PE lessons. Teachers develop skills and knowledge through highly active lessons, building on core skills year on year. Each class takes part in two PE lessons each week (one outdoor and one indoor). Within these lessons, the children have opportunities to focus on sporting activities which cover the full range of areas of study outlined in the National Curriculum.
In lessons, teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children and we encourage the children to evaluate their own work as well as the work of other children. Within lessons we give the children the opportunity both to collaborate and to compete with each other, and they have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources.
We teach PE to all children, whatever their ability, as PE forms part of the school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education to all children.
By the time children leave Sunnyhill, they will all have represented the school in a sporting competition and will have had the opportunity to take part in a variety of different disciplines at our annual Sports Day in the Summer term.
Moving Matters Coaches
Each class from Reception to Year 6, has the opportunity to be taught by a specialist PE coach for one term. The coach works with the class teacher to model good practice and support with lesson structure, progression and challenge within a lesson.
At Sunnyhill, swimming is taught by professional instructors at Streatham Leisure Centre for one term in Years 4,5 and 6. By the end of Key Stage 2, the children are required to:
perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations
swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
Each class from Year 1 to Year 6, has the opportunity to be taught by a specialist gymnastics coach for one term.
Our curriculum offer is further enhanced through a wide range of opportunities for physical activity in our active playgrounds and through our range of extracurricular opportunities. Throughout the year we have a range of clubs including: football, gymnastics, basketball, handball, dance and cricket.
Whilst at Sunnyhill, we want all of our pupils to have the opportunity to take part in competitive sport. We arrange inter-school competitions with local primary schools involving sports such as hockey, basketball and football. We also take part in Moving Matters competitions including dodgeball, athletics and swimming galas. This year we have competed in a Lambeth Athletics event and a Surrey cricket competition. We are proud of the participation of all of our pupils.
We encourage our children to be physically active at home and at school. We regularly take part in ‘Walk to School’ initiatives whereby the children are given the opportunity to earn ‘Walk to School’ badges if they walk, cycle or scoot to school.
Each year, our Key Stage 2 children are given the opportunity to take part in Level 1 and Level 2 cycle training with Cycle Confident, Lambeth’s cycle training provider. Through the training, the children learn how to be competent cyclists, preparing them for short journeys such as cycling to school.
Each year, our Key Stage 1 children are given the opportunity to take part in scooter training with For2Feet Ltd. During the training, they learn how to ride their scooters safely, identifying scooter hazards and finding safe places to cross the road.