PE & Physical Pursuits
At Ark Blacklands, we recognise the importance of PE and the role it has to play in promoting long term, healthy lifestyles. We provide all children with high quality PE and sport provision. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles. We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. We want our pupils to appreciate the benefits of a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Through our teaching of PE, we will provide opportunities for pupils to develop values and transferrable life skills such as fairness and respect as well as providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive sport.
Children are naturally physically active and in our Reception classes, the children continually develop their fundamental movement skills through both their independent learning and, from term 2, 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.
To ensure Ark Blacklands is providing high-quality teaching and learning within PE, pupils in Years 1 to 6 take part in two planned sessions of physical exercise each week.
In Key Stage 1, the focus is on improving agility, balance and coordination alongside the skills needed to participate in competitive sport further up the school. This is acquired through experiencing co-operative and competitive sports, dance and gymnastic situations. The skills required to play competitive sports later in the school begin here, with children being taught to run, jump, throw and catch, as well as begin to play team games to learn the difference between defence and attack. Children will also begin to evaluate their own performances as well others, by saying what they like and what could be improved.
In Key Stage 2, the process continues, with children learning a broader range of skills and applying them to a wide range of sports. Children continue to enjoy co-operate and compete with each other, with added focus on communication. Throughout this key stage, children are exposed to a range of different sports in order for them to make informed choices about their own healthy and active lifestyles. An increased number of opportunities will be available for the children to develop their competitive skills as well as representing the school in local competitions. The children will continue to evaluate performances using sport specific phrases. Children will be introduced to outdoor and adventurous activities through orienteering.
Pupils from Year 1 to 6 also have the opportunity for physical activity during morning and lunchtime breaks on the playgrounds, MUGA and extensive fields, including a running track, which are well stocked with resources. Staff and Sports Council members (trained pupils from Year 5 and 6) are on duty to co-ordinate a range of active playground games. Lunchtime sports clubs are also on offer to pupils. These can include: football, dodgeball, dance, golf and multi-skills. Children will also be provided with an opportunity to use the daily mile track to encourage them to be physically active.
During the Summer term, Sports Days are held for all children covering traditional sporting activities, however the focus during these events is participation and enjoyment.
As Ark Blacklands is supported by the Hastings and Rother Sports Partnership, pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 have the opportunity to participate in variety of School Games events held across the city, which introduce a more competitive element into sporting activities.
All our activities are supported by a variety of sports and dance clubs lead by school staff and visiting professionals both at before-school, at lunchtime and after-school.
Cross-curricular links are also generated during Science and PSHE lessons.
Children will leave Ark Blacklands with an enjoyment and enthusiasm for PE and sport which should continue in the future, leading to a healthy and active lifestyle. They will also have acquired knowledge and skills that prepare them for KS3 PE.
To enliven our PE / Sports offer, we are investing in exciting new ways to encourage physical fitness.
Thanks to the ESCC Health Improvement Grant 2018, we are excited to be making Scooting a part of our PE curriculum.
With funding from the HOA, we have invested in a Trampoline for after school clubs initially, but hopefully also for PE in the future.
Improved Playground Markings / Activities
In a bid to encourage play and physical fitness at break and lunchtimes, we have had our playgrounds resurfaced and new markings painted for children to use.
FAB supported us by paying for traverse walls in both LKS2 & UKS2 playgrounds - great for building upper body strength.
Thanks to the ESCC Health Improvement Grant 2017, we installed an outdoor gym for use at breaktimes and during PE lessons.
Inter School & County Sporting Events
We couldn’t be more proud of our amazing athletes today! Great teamwork, supporting each other and giving 100% in every event! Out of the 10 finalist schools Ark Blacklands came an AMAZING 2nd place!
These children from Key Stage 2 went to William Parker to take part in district cross country races. They all ran incredibly well with 5 children making it through to the county race!
We are so proud one of our year 4 pupils who has won 1st place in a local schools gymnastics competition! Well done!
Max in year 5 has been named UK under 15's Kite Surfing Champion. He has ditched his x-box and taken to the seas - amazing!
We wecome qualified coaches into school to support the teaching of Physical Education and also to provide lunchtime and after school activities for children: 6.0 Coaching and Boom Active:
Louis is the director of 6 love sports coaching and is responsible for the expansion of the company from tennis to multi-sports. Louis created 6 love sports coaching in July 2014, with the help of 6 love owner Jack Graham, after returning from the Bahamas, where he co-ordinated sports in an international school for a year. Louis' main role is delivering PE in various primary schools around Hastings. His main focus is to develop children's self esteem and improve inclusion through playing sport.
He has a degree in sports coaching and development, is FA level 2 qualified, rugby level 1 qualified and also tennis level 1 qualified. Along with this, he is first aid qualified and DBS checked.