Curriculum Statement – Physical Education
Physical education at All Saints’ provides opportunities for all pupils to become physically active in a way that supports their health and fitness. Children will be given the opportunity to be active on a daily basis and will learn the importance of exercise as a lifestyle. It gives chances for children to be creative, cooperative and competitive and to face up to diverse challenges both as individuals and in groups. Many activities taught in PE improve teamwork and leadership skills, whereby children can develop essential concepts of fair play, honest competition and good sportsmanship. We aim to provide children with a broad range of physical activities, with a progression of skills that builds on past understandings and combines new practices. We strive to deliver engaging and inclusive lessons so that children of all capabilities can appreciate and enjoy PE for sustained periods of time. Physical education can also reduce anxiety, stress and tension and results in improved attention in the classroom, fundamentally supporting children’s mental well-being.
Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills, and it promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Thus, we enable the children to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives.
Our P.E curriculum is carefully planned by our staff to provide learning opportunities that ensure all pupils make good progress. Our skills progression recognises the importance of not only the physical development of the children but also their social, mental and emotional wellbeing.
We vary the activity and differentiation for individuals using the STEP (space, task, equipment and people) framework. This approach enables children to be challenged or supported through adapting the space, task, equipment or number of people involved in the activity. Children evaluate and reflect upon their own performance as well as the success of their peers and are also encouraged to set their own challenges in order to achieve a personal best. Teachers enable children to practise and perform in a range of styles such as individual, paired, group and whole class situations.
Teachers ensure that continuous assessment is completed to keep track of all children’s progress and use the data to inform future practice.
A specialised sports coach supports and delivers some of our physical education lessons across all year groups; this ensures that children are receiving high quality Physical Education in specific sports and teachers are also receiving high quality CPD whilst the sessions are being delivered. This specialist has also support with the planning and assessment of physical education, developing knowledge and understanding in staff.
The impact of our PE curriculum will result in children making good progress and reaching at least age-related expectations. Our skills progression enables us to ensure that children develop the knowledge and understanding, skills and attributes necessary for a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle during their time at All Saints’ which instils confidence and a passion for exercise in the future.
Subject Leaders have identified the key knowledge and skills for each sport and consideration has been given to ensure progression across skills throughout each year group and across the school. Teachers assess children’s work in PE by making assessments as they observe them working during lessons. Older pupils are encouraged to evaluate their own work and to suggest ways to improve. At the end of a unit of work, teachers make a judgement against the National Curriculum’s year group expectations. Teachers record this information and use it to plan the future work and assist with final teacher judgements. The teacher forwards this information on to the next teacher at the end of each year.
Wider measures of engagement in extra-curricular clubs and performance and success in external and/or inter-school competitions are also gathered and used to support the Sport Premium report.