PE is taught twice per week across all year groups. In PE, every class follows a progressive, school-designed scheme that covers a range of skill development across a number of sporting mediums, including:
- Invasion Games (such as handball)
- Problem-Solving (KS1 only)
- Swimming (Years 4, 5 and 6 only)
In Early Years and Key Stage 1, children develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident with them and they access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, both individually and with others. They engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. When they reach Key Stage 2, children will continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They also develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
To support with the delivery of PE to our children, school employs Angela Oatley (Inspiring PE) to teach the children and develop staff skills, competence and confidence when teaching sessions through support and targeted training.
PE is complimented by a variety of after-school sports clubs and we as a school have close links with local sporting bodies, such as Curzon Ashton football club. Hurst Knoll St James' is a member of the Tameside School Sports Partnership; this offers the opportunity to children in Key Stage 2 to take part in competitions with other schools across Tameside. Competitions take place in a variety of sports, including tag rugby, volleyball, cricket, dodgeball and many others. The school holds the ‘gold’ sports mark for participating in school sport.