PE and Sport has traditionally been an area of strength at Upton. The school hold the Platinum School Games Mark that kitemarks the highest standards of PE and Sport in the UK. Upton are also one of just 40 Beacon Schools for the GetSet Olympic movement in the UK and closer to home have recently been awarded the Sustained Excellence award within the District, recognising excellence across the last decade.
At Upton all pupils have access to two hours of high quality PE lessons each week. These lessons are taught both by the class teacher, maintaining an important link between immediate role models and sport, and our specialist sports and swimming coaches. In addition, the school has its own swimming pool on staff, and all pupils swim for six months of every year to ensure they reach their 25m milepost before leaving the school.
At Upton we believe that to enjoy healthy, active and fulfilling lives, children must learn to respond positively to challenges, be enterprising, handle risk and develop self-confidence and physical capabilities. This area of learning lays the foundations for long- term well-being and contributes to children’s mental, social, emotional, economic and physical development. It is central to their development as confident individuals.
Within PE, Upton children learn about their changing bodies and the importance of nutrition and rest for a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Through sport and other physical activities, they learn to increase body control, coordination and dexterity.
At Upton, PE helps students acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to participate successfully in, and enjoy, physical activities both now and in the future. Students develop analytical and evaluation skills by deciding how to improve the quality of their own and others' work. This is essential in developing learners who are creative, resourceful and able to solve problems. It also helps them to understand how they learn and how to set themselves targets based on their mistakes and successes.
By working in a variety of contexts on their own, in groups and in teams, students learn to work both independently and collaboratively. By participating as performers, leaders and officials, students develop the ability to communicate effectively in a range of ways, both verbally and non-verbally. They also learn to listen and act on what they hear, understand and appreciate alternative viewpoints, and learn to compromise, particularly when working in pairs or groups.