Children are taught in accordance with the National Curriculum for PE. They are given opportunities to choose, select and use apparatus and are encouraged to experience success through a high level of expectation. Children are expected to consolidate and practise transferable skills focusing on stability, object control and locomotion. Through working with others, children are encouraged to celebrate success both for themselves and others and are also taught to accept defeat graciously. Children are encouraged to challenge themselves and attempt to beat personal bests in a variety of disciplines. Children in all years are given opportunities to compete in both team and individual games. Through our affiliation to North Oxfordshire School Sport Partnership, the children at King’s Meadow have the chance to participate in a number of School Games competitions including mini-football, tag rugby, swimming, hockey, tennis, sports hall athletics, cross country, athletics, dance, netball and cricket! Through these activities children have been signposted to sporting clubs and events taking place within the community. The children have also had opportunities to take part in martial arts taster sessions, multi-skills events and after school clubs such as football, tennis, gymnastics, rounders, multiskills, ball games, netball, dance, drama, cooking and gardening. The children also participate in a daily ‘Morning Mile’ around the school running track. The school is also proud to run the Bicester Schools’ Football League, which enables hundreds of children in the local area the chance to play competitive sport. The league currently comprises of 16 schools, with 31 teams competing for mixed and girls only trophies. King’s Meadow currently hold the girl’s football league trophy.
Our P.E. curriculum also allows us to build on the children’s leadership skills, by giving them more opportunities to be young leaders; i.e. older children lead a daily active playground session for KS1 children and sports leaders help with intra-school competitions and run their own school sports council.
We celebrate all areas of the curriculum at King’s Meadow and as part of our celebration of sport we hold an annual Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony. We recognise all individual and team performances throughout the year, we reward those who have adhered to the School Games Values and we allow children to showcase skills they learn in local clubs. Certificates are also given throughout the year for representing the school, where we are always commended for our enthusiasm and sportsmanship.
King’s Meadow has consistently achieved the Gold Youth Sport Trust Quality Mark and the Gold School Games Mark over the past few years, awarded for our commitment to and the development of competition, school sport and physical education across our school and into the local community.
In order to further enhance our PE Curriculum, King’s Meadow School employs a professional Latin and Ballroom teacher to provide dance lessons to children in Years 1-6. Previous year groups have benefitted from the opportunity to take part in the ‘Dancing for Schools’ Strictly style competition where we have always achieved a high standard including a First and a Second Place. We also employ a trained gymnastics coach to provide quality PE lessons to all children in Years 1-6.