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Physical Education

"Good health is the mind, body, and soul living in harmony as one."

At Leighton, we wholeheartedly believe in the power of Physical Education (PE) to inspire our children to lead active, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Our curriculum is meticulously designed not only to engage students in a variety of physical activities but also to instil in them the joy of movement, the value of teamwork, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from personal development in sports and exercise. Central to our approach is the progressive strengthening of knowledge and skills, carefully sequenced to ensure that each year's learning builds upon the last, fortifying the foundation for advanced concepts and techniques as our pupils grow.

In recognising the diverse needs and talents of our pupils, we'veYouth Dreams Project Oxford partnered with a highly-skilled PE teacher and the Youth Dreams Project (YDP) to deliver our PE curriculum in EYFS and KS1. This collaboration ensures that our learners benefit from expert instruction, quality resources, and a curriculum that's both engaging and foundational. YDP further enriches our programme by offering a range of after-school sports clubs, providing opportunities for children to explore various physical activities, discover their passions, and excel in their chosen pursuits. 

Beyond the curriculum, we take pride in participating in inter-school competitions, like the girls' football tournament, fostering a spirit of healthy competition, camaraderie, and mutual respect. These events allow our pupils to apply their skills in a new setting, learn from their peers, and represent our school community with pride.

Our PE curriculum extends its impact beyond physical fitness; it's a catalyst for social, emotional, and mental growth. Through sports and activities, pupils learn leadership, cooperation, and respect for others. They're encouraged to face challenges head-on, understanding that setbacks are stepping stones to success. This comprehensive approach significantly contributes to their overall mental well-being, boosting confidence, and teaching stress-management techniques vital for a balanced life.

Our Intent

  • We want all pupils to begin to recognise and understand the impact of physical activity on their bodies and minds.  

  • To offer a high-quality PE curriculum that inspires pupils to participate in competitive team and individual sports where they have the opportunity to develop values, fairness and respect (offering support, encouragement and celebrating other’s achievements on the pitch and off it.) 

  • To provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. 

  • We are committed to giving all children access to a range of sports and physical activities to broaden their experiences, e.g. basketball, table tennis, sailing, boccia, cross-country, 

  • We are committed to promoting and increasing the range of competitive sporting events on offer to children. 

  • Provide opportunities for children with SEND/ least active/ low confidence to attend sporting events. 

The National Curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time

  • Engage in competitive sports and activities

  • Lead healthy, active lives