Physical Education is defined as learning to develop and care for the human body through movements produced by skeletal muscles.
At Fairlawn School, the prime purpose of PE is for all children to develop an understanding of the significant benefits that leading a physically active lifestyle will have on their lives. We follow the ‘Rising Stars: Champions’ scheme of learning: a holistic approach to the teaching of PE, which improves fitness, develops skills and deepens knowledge of health and well-being.
Our broad and balanced curriculum gives all children the chance to experiment, practise, refine and compete in an enjoyable, stimulating and appropriately challenging environment. The range of activities, along with high quality teaching, seek to ensure children enjoy success and are motivated to further develop their health and fitness. Lessons also aim to build character and embed key values such as resilience, determination and respect.
All pupils have 2 hours a week dedicated to PE; an indoor lesson taught by the class teacher (Y4 swim at the Bridge Leisure Centre) and an outdoor lesson taught by a specialist teacher.
At Fairlawn School, we run a broad range of extra-curricular activities (both before school and after school) in a non-competitive form, including football basketball, athletics, netball and tennis. In the evenings and at weekends, gymnastics and karate is also available. Throughout the year, children are selected to represent the school in a range of sporting events and half-termly festivals, including football, basketball, netball, athletics, swimming. These are usually competitive and played against other local primary schools:.
Dance and movement is an important part of our PE curriculum: we aim to contribute to the child’s physical, artistic, linguistic, social and cultural education. As well as learning specific skills and styles, dance is also taught through other areas of the curriculum. During the spring term, dance club have the opportunity to participate in the Lewisham Dance Showcase, where a group piece is performed at both Forest Hill School and the Catford Broadway.
In Year 6, 15 children become fully-trained Sports Leaders and are given PE-related duties throughout the year. These children also take on the role of captain at our annual sports day in July.
Each term, through our school sports partnership with Lewisham, we take part in an Intra School Competition, culminating in a whole-school assembly to crown Fairlawn’s champion. This year, Speed Bounce, Skipping and Chest Push are the chosen activities.
We also ensure children receive up-to-date sports news through our weekly newsletter and our school notice board. Every Friday, we recognise our sports stars of the week (chosen by our sports coach) in our celebration assemblies.
All children must wear a suitable PE kit. Please refer to our PE policy for details.