At Knighton Fields, PE and sport are seen as playing a vitally important role in pupils’ development as rounded and physically active young people.
PE is taught to all children, from the Foundation Stage to Year 6, enabling them to develop good basic skills at a young age, which they then build upon as they move through the school, through a carefully structured and challenging programme. Knighton Fields aims to provide children with positive experiences which will develop an enthusiasm in the children which will see them inspired and involved in sport for many years to come.
At Knighton Fields, we aim to offer a wide variety of individual and team activities: traditional and sports hall athletics, basketball, bench ball, cricket, cross country, dance, football, gymnastics, netball, rounders, rugby, swimming, tennis, hockey.
In addition, during the PGL residential week, the children in Year 5 are given the opportunity to enjoy different sporting activities. These may include: aero ball, abseiling, archery, climbing, high ropes courses, raft building, team hunts, rifle shooting and many other team building challenges. This has always proved highly successful with children both developing new skills and showing a significant increase in confidence and self-esteem.
At Knighton Fields, the provision for sports outside of school has two main objectives. One is to provide as many opportunities as possible for children to enjoy the thrill and excitement of competition, as well as the pride of representing their school. The other is meeting the challenge of providing the children who have been identified as ‘gifted and talented’ with opportunities to extend themselves in competition against similar children from other schools. As a result, each year we enter teams into as many competitions as possible.
Providing sufficient opportunities for competitive sport to meet the depth of enthusiasm for the children presents its own challenges. Within primary sport locally, only cross country (years 3-6) and football (years 5-6) have a season of any real length. As a result, in both sports, anybody that would like to run or play is given the opportunity to do so. In other sports, the season is either very short or based simply around one competition. Knighton Fields therefore enters as many teams as we are eligible to, or are able to provide staffing for, to maximise opportunities for all children.
When a selection process is required, selection is based upon a number of factors:
- Effort and performance in P.E lessons.
- Attendance and commitment to the sport.
- Showing good sportsmanship and attitude to others.
- Sharing opportunities equally between children displaying similar talents or attributes.
- Providing opportunities for children identified as ‘gifted and talented’ in specific sports.