Physical Education (PE) at Whipton Barton Federation gives children the knowledge and understanding in order to become competent, confident and motivated in PE for the rest of their life. Children are naturally physically active and in our Reception classes; the children continually develop their fundamental movement skills through both their independent learning and weekly taught PE sessions. Carefully planned independent physical challenges, for example, using bikes, skipping ropes and obstacle courses help children to develop skills such as balancing and jumping. The outdoor learning environment provides an excellent space for children to practise these skills so that as they move onto the next phase of their schooling, they are prepared to master them.
The Key Stage One and Key Stage Two curriculum is planned progressively to allow children to build on and develop previously learnt skills enhancing these further. In Key Stage 2, all children can lead a warm up or cool down in their PE lessons. A variety of sports are taught across KS2 as well as healthy eating, nutrition and wellbeing sessions.
Physical Development opportunities in Early Years make positive contributions to children’s development. Sports Coaches, Clubs and Specialist Teachers (Premier Sports, Exeter Chiefs and Exeter City) work with staff at Whipton Barton Federation to provide CPD opportunities and ensure teaching is high quality and of value.
Children’s achievements in Physical Education both inside and outside of the Primary are celebrated during Friday’s Celebration Assembly and rewarded using Headteacher's Prizes and Dojo Points, whilst sharing successes on the Federation’s social media. Children actively seek to share their achievements and relish the opportunity to explain to the whole school what they had to do.
All children have opportunities to attend PE events throughout the year and represent Whipton Barton Federation at PE competitions. We believe that nothing should be a barrier to physical education with everything having the capacity to be adapted.
There are frequent times during the week where children are physically active including, Early Morning Learning, Active Maths and English lessons, assemblies, break times and lunchtimes and after school clubs. Due to our demographic, children at Whipton Barton Federation swim in Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5. Children who have not been successful in swimming 25 meters at the end of Year 5 attend top up sessions in Year 6.