Our school aims to inspire all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport.
Through good physical education, whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best. We listen to our children's wants and needs, and provide them with a range of active experiences and clubs. We want to aid our children in obtaining the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as modestly celebrating their own successes. We aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all children to have the skills and mindset to leave infant school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at junior school and beyond. We strive to educate both our children and families to develop a greater understanding on how to live healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices. We are dedicated to ensuring healthy minds, as well as bodies and will continue to support our children's well-being. To promote self-confidence and self-esteem, developing qualities such as commitment, fairness, tolerance and a concern for others as well as individual success. We have strong links with local clubs and partnerships within our community and provide a range of extra-curricular clubs that enable children to develop fine and gross motor skills.
These aims are embedded within our Physical Education curriculum and across wider school life.
EYFS have weekly PE sessions alongside daily physical development in our dedicated outside areas. Fine and gross motor skills are a priority in the early years and continue to be developed as children move through the school. Fundamental movement skills are developed within the EYFS and as children progress through our school their skill-set is fine tuned to provide them with strong foundations for their future sporting lives. KS1 children have two sessions per week with their class teachers. Children are provided with opportunities to develop their skills across a broad range of topics within our Get Set 4 PE scheme, which is carefully designed by class teachers across the whole school. Each year group has a dedicated outdoor space with carefully thought out physical resources, which can be utilised at any point of the day. We listen to the opinions of our children through our pupil voice questionnaire and use this to help develop and refine our physical activity curriculum. Pupils are provided with opportunities for active play and lunchtimes every day, and extra lunchtime sessions with our sports coaches throughout each half term. We relay the importance of exercise throughout each and every PE session including the warm up and warm down sections of each lesson. Children are encouraged to talk about how this exercise makes their body feel and why this happens. As a minimum of 2-3 times a week, all children run laps around our tracks and monitor their progress on YourTrak which shows how far they have progressed in 'mini marathons'. Within Science and PSHE lessons we discuss the importance of a healthy and balanced diet and how eating too many sugary or fatty foods can have a detrimental effect on our physical and mental health. We hold a Health and Fitness WOW week every 3 years to promote healthy lifestyles and aspirational goals.
We use a variety of ways to find out what the children know. At the start of each lesson, prior learning is recapped and assessed to ascertain what the children know and remember from previous sessions. We select children to demonstrate during the session and ask the children to think about and explain why the demonstration is a good example of the learning objective. We make links to previous topics/skills covered to assess if the children have remembered previous learning and if they understand how these are relevant to current learning. We also collect photographic evidence using Tapestry where we can also link evidence to curriculum strands and key skills.
For Early Years, we consider the intended learning taken from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the skills taught using the Get Set 4 PE scheme to assess if children are working at or below the expected level. For KS1, the same applies in line with the National Curriculum for Physical Education and the skills taught using the Get Set 4 PE scheme. Children not yet working at the expected level of development will receive additional support, including gross motor intervention.
Monitoring in PE includes lesson observations and/or learning walks, pupil voice interviews/questionnaires in order to ascertain correct curriculum coverage, the quality of teaching and learning as well as the children's attitudes to learning in PE. This information is then used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.