Physical Education

At Hempland, PE is a highly valued area of the National Curriculum. Lifelong values of health and physical activity are promoted throughout the children’s time at school, while fundamental skills to support physical literacy foundations are taught by both teachers and inspirational figures from our community. As well as PE, we believe that it is incredibly important to promote physical activity. Active lives support active minds and therefore help children to develop not only in PE, but other school subjects too.

What PE looks like at Hempland

We aim for all children to leave Hempland being physically literate with the fundamental skills needed to involve themselves in any sporting activity. As well as this, we want children to display the sporting values needed to share a positive experience in physical activity and sport.

Physical Education

  • Pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 are involved in PE lessons at least twice a week. Early Years children have at least one session a week and access to their outdoor area daily.
  • All PE sessions are primarily taught by class teachers and on occasions throughout the school year, are also supported by other professionals.
  • All year groups follow a long term plan which links to the National Curriculum. The long term plan shows progression throughout the year groups in the areas taught, while being broken down into ‘I can’ statements that the children can use as success criteria during the sessions. This enables children to try to achieve their ‘Personal Best’ each time.
  • We teach the values of sport too through encouraging children to reach their ‘Personal Best’. This gives the children motivation to self assess and challenge themselves to improve further.
  • We encourage teamwork and give all children the chance to apply skills learnt in PE sessions to competitive contexts.
  • Players and Community Support Staff from the York Knights support our PE teaching.
  • Yorkshire Cricket Community ‘Chance to Shine’ support our PE teaching.

Physical Activity

  • Physical Activity is incorporated into our daily routine at Hempland. Research shows Physical Activity helps to stimulate children’s minds as well as supporting an active lifestyle. Each week, all children and staff take part in a ‘Wake Up Shake Up’, getting their bodies active, minds stimulated and ready to learn.
  • We aim to have at least one brain break during the school day; this can consist of using GoNoodle, Just Dance, Supermovers and Tree Fu Tom, for example.
  • Every lunchtime, we build on core physical skills and encourage children to stay active during their break. Children have a wide range of equipment and apparatus to use.

School Sport
We host intra competitions against other classes at Hempland and attend inter competitions against other schools. We like to offer all of our children the chance to compete. So far in 2019-2020 we have attended the following inter competitions:

  • York Schools Cross Country
  • Sportshall Athletics competition
  • Tag Rugby competition

and have lots more competitive opportunities coming up such as:

  • Swimming Gala
  • High 5 Netball tournament
  • Multiskills competition
  • Quadkids competition
  • Tri Golf
  • A number of Football fixtures and tournaments

How we entwine PE with our Hempland school values

Children learn to respect their own bodies and minds, as well as those of others while taking part in PEPASS. Teachers instil this into children during PE lessons and is encouraged in all active sessions in school.
Children are all given the opportunity to compete and apply the skills they have learnt. This is against other York schools and within their year group and at Sports Days. All children from Year 1 onwards have the opportunity to take part in extra curricular sports clubs. Some of which lead to competitions and the opportunity to represent the school.
PEPASS allows children to be ambitious and gives them the skills needed to chase their dreams. It encourages them to be their best all of the time, and even when they think they are at their best, it encourages them to be better.
All children develop resilience through PE lessons. This can be the learning of a new skill, developing a skill or applying a skill. Children are encouraged to do their personal best and build on this throughout their time at school.

How we know our PEPASS curriculum is successful

  • Children will build on and develop the fundamental skills taught in PEPASS.
  • Children will be able to apply the skills learnt and be able to show and adapt these successfully.
  • Children will be able to display our Hempland values in all sporting opportunities.
  • Children will improve their ‘Personal Best’ as they move through school.
  • Children will leave Hempland as physical literate children, with a positive attitude towards PEPASS.