- Our approach to teaching PE is grounded in the three elements of our school vision: relationships, an innovative approach to teaching and having the highest expectations.
- To inspire and challenge our children, through a safe and happy learning environment, to be resilient and determined and achieve excellent standards in PE.
- To provide an exciting PE curriculum, through which children enjoy and have the confidence and resilience to participate in a range of physical activities.
- To ensure any inactive learners are inspired to engage with physical opportunities offered to them and all learners build fitness through sustained periods of daily exercise.
- To ensure that there are equal opportunities for all children, regardless of background or circumstance, to participate in extra-curricular activities and develop a love of physical education and a range of sports.
- For pupils to develop a wide range of skills and determination to practice and therefore improve.
- To equip our children with the skills and knowledge they need, to embed lifelong healthy habits and understanding of all aspects of a healthy lifestyle including mental wellbeing and nutrition.
- To support and encourage our children to be advocates of sport, being proud of their achievements, both individually and as a team player.
- To ensure that any gaps in learning as a result of COVID, are closed and pupils meet age related expectations in PE.
- To prepare and inspire children for further learning in PE in secondary school and beyond.
- In EYFS, Physical Education is taught primarily through a play-based curriculum that focuses on both gross and fine motor skills. Coordination, balance and agility are developed through opportunities both in and outside the classroom with a focus on building core strength and awareness of risk and opportunity.
- In EYFS, children partake in weekly PE and Forest School sessions.
- From Year 1, PE is taught twice weekly through discrete lessons. The curriculum is mapped from physical development in EYFS to the national curriculum objectives from Y1-6. The curriculum progresses each year (See curriculum progression document).
- Forest Schools is taught across the school with each year group accessing a term of specialist Forest School teaching, to encourage a non-competitive love of physical activity and connection to nature and the natural world, helping to build children’s understanding of the value of physical education.
- Specialist coaches in primary PE, Dance and Gymnastics are used throughout the year to enhance both the children’s learning and the subject knowledge of the staff.
- Curriculum design ensures competitive opportunities are available for all children, through house competitions and then through interschool competitions, particularly in readiness for secondary school.
- Children in Y2/3/4 will be given the opportunity to secure the National Curriculum swimming requirements, leaving time in Y5 and Y6 for further development if needed.
- A breadth of physical opportunities is enhanced through the year with specialist visits, ranging from Olympic cyclists to climbing walls and yoga.
- Extra-curricular opportunities are provided to enhance mainstream physical education through a series of free afterschool clubs provided by teachers and specialist coaches.
- The Opportunities Pledge ensures that every child has access to a wide range of opportunities that enhance the curriculum and provide enhanced physical education opportunities for example, horse riding.
- Development of sports leaders to inspire and lead sustained physical activity during lunch and play times.
- We make links with local schools to arrange small scale competitions, so that children are ready to participate in the competition pathway.
The impact of our PE approach is:
- Children have a deep knowledge of a range of sports and the skills required for different sports.
- Pupils can access and follow an ambitious curriculum that has our vision for exceptionally high expectations as a driver.
- Standards in assessment outcomes are very strong.
- Children love participating in sport, developing lifelong healthy habits.
- Children strive for sporting success and develop skills of resilience, sportsmanship and determination.