During their time at Berkeley Primary School we aim to promote a healthy, active lifestyle by developing children’s physical confidence and engaging them in a broad range of activities and games.
An enthusiasm for physical education begins in the Early Years Foundation Stage where children are encouraged to participate in activities both inside and outside the classroom which develop their control and co-ordination, enabling them to negotiate space confidently in a variety of ways (for example skipping, hopping and jumping).
In Key Stage 1 and 2 children take part in weekly PE lessons where the fundamental skills (agility, flexibility, balance and co-ordination) are taught and developed alongside basic movements (running, jumping and throwing and catching). These skills and movements are then applied to various individual and team activities: from Gymnastics and Dance to Hockey and Netball. We are very fortunate to have a large hall and spacious playing field for these activities to take place. In Key Stage 2 swimming lessons are provided for children to become more competent swimmers before they leave in year 6.
Hockey was fun because I learnt new techniques for dribbling the ball - Year 5 student
To further enhance their experiences all children are given the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of extra-curricular sports clubs both at lunch times and after school.
I like doing Football after school. The teams played fairly and I learnt new skills with the football coach - Year 4 student
Throughout the year children at Berkeley are given opportunities to represent their school in a variety of competitions and tournaments. These events include School Games Competitions such as Tag Rugby, Cricket and Netball where we aim to qualify for as many Borough Finals as possible, alongside Borough Sports Day, Tennis and Dance Festivals.
When we went through to the Tag Rugby finals it was exciting. It felt amazing to do that for my school - Year 5 student