At The International School of Bearn our primary aim is for all children to partake in a broad and balanced P.E curriculum, to give them a full sporting experience and to develop not only their important cognitive skills, but also their self-confidence.
Throughout their time at The International School of Bearn the children will be given the opportunity to discover a variety of individual and team sports and to ultimately find at least one sport that they love and will continue into adulthood in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

During key stage 1, children build on their natural enthusiasm for movement, using it to explore and learn about their world. They start to play and work with other children in pairs and small groups. By watching, listening and experimenting with movement and ideas, they develop their skills in movement and their coordination, and enjoy expressing and testing themselves in a variety of situations.
In order to develop these ‘Multi-skills’ the children take part in variety of activities such as team games, tennis, swimming/water-confidence class, gymnastics, dance (e.g. Zumba) and athletics.

During key stage 2, the children build skills needed in order to compete in a number of team and individual sports such as tennis, tag rugby, and netball, learning to defend and attack and ultimately become an effective player of the sports that we practice. They also continue to develop their athletic ability through gymnastics and track and field events.

Finally, every year, all children from year 1 to year 6 are taken to a local swimming center where, over a number of weeks, they will have the opportunity to build their confidence around water and develop the skills needed to be an effective swimmer.

We proudly feel that the curriculum for sport at The International School of Bearn more than fulfills the requirements set by the national curriculum for England.


Swimming and water safety

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.
In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • Use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Below are the current yearly overviews for key stage 1 and key stage 2 PE:

Key Stage 1(National Curriculum for England)

Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be taught to:

  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Key Stage 2 (National Curriculum for England)

Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.