Curriculum - By Subject


PE at Orchard Junior is designed to develop pupils’ physical competence and confidence through skill based, fun lessons. Because our main focus is on the skills rather than the game, we find that our children are able to participate in many different sports, as the skills we develop are transferable between traditional sports. At Orchard, children receive 2 hours of high quality PE a week. The class teacher, focusing on the skills, delivers 1hour, our 2nd hour of PE is delivered by an external coaching company. They cover a range of units including invasion games, striking and catching and hand and foot skills. With the skill-based lessons that the teachers deliver, along with these coaching lessons, we believe that Orchard children receive the best combination of PE. Throughout the year, each year group also completes a gym and dance unit – often linked to their topic.

We have a strong focus on running and this forms the beginning section of most of our lessons. As a result of this, children are much more aware of their health and wellbeing and we see a dramatic improvement in children’s’ fitness and stamina levels over the years. As we have a housing system in place at our school – we encourage children to participate in our numerous inter-house sporting activities. These usually run in the lead up to sports day. Over the course of the year we also run ‘The Rugby World Cup’ and ‘Lunch League’, which is a football competition. Both of these are open to everyone at school, regardless of ability or age.

For those who are particularly talented or want to take part in extra PE sessions, we offer a number of sporting clubs at lunch times and before and after school, ranging from netball and football to fencing and cricket. Orchard is renowned for its sporting talent and we compete in competitive sports all throughout the year. We are keen to get as many children along to these clubs as possible and allow as many as possible to represent our school in matches and competitions.

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Chris Parker,
14 Jun 2016, 04:43
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Chris Parker,
15 Jun 2016, 02:44