Physical Education Curriculum
‘Physical Education is the only subject that makes your heart race’
What is the intention of the KS1 and KS2 PE Curriculum?
Physical Education can have a hugely positive impact on the health and well-being of all children. This in turn can have a positive impact on their attitude and attitude, and therefore personal and academic achievements. Through developing an interest and confidence in exercise and physical activities at school, pupils can continue these as part of their daily lives and experience the benefits into adulthood. Physical education can inspire pupils to want to succeed and apply themselves individually and as a team in demanding situations. It provides opportunities for pupils to build their character and develop attributes including resilience, cooperation and respect.
Our Physical Education Curriculum has three key aims, which involve pupils’ developing their knowledge, skills and attributes in different ways.
Our aims are for pupils to:
- Develop a long-term love of sport and exercise: we aim for:
- our curriculum to be inclusive and engage our pupils in a broad range of disciplines so that all pupils can find the sport that they most enjoy
- our pupils to appreciate and understand the benefits of exercise for maintaining physical health, fitness and mental well-being.
- our pupils to develop a keen interest in pursuing sport and exercise outside of school now and in the future, for pleasure, fitness and to extend their skills
- Develop competence and fitness in a broad range of sports: we aim for our pupils to receive high-quality teaching in a range of sports to allow our pupils to:
- master basic movements
- develop sport-specific skills and knowledge
- develop key physical skills including balance, agility, coordination and stamina.
- improve their flexibility, strength, technique and control.
- analyse and self-assess their own performances and techniques
- Build Character: through training in sport and exercise, and engaging in competitive exercise we want our pupils to develop:
- Resilience: to work hard and overcome challenges
- Leadership skills: to identify strengths in others and coordinate a team to achieve a shared goal
- Teamwork skills: to cooperate and communicate with others; develop tactics, and draw upon each other’s’ knowledge and skills to succeed in both training and a game situation
- A thirst for challenge: to push themselves to improve and excel in different sporting situations within individual activities and team games
- Respect: to partake in sporting activities with fairness, grace and politeness.
How will this be implemented?
- Develop a long-term love of sport and exercise:
- We have developed a broad and inclusive curriculum to engage all pupils in a range of sporting experiences that will allow all of them to find the sport they most enjoy and excel in
- Pupils will be taught and asked to reflect upon the effects of exercise on the body and mind to develop an appreciation of its benefits
- Pupils are supported and praised for participating in sport and exercise outside of school
- Develop competence and fitness in a broad range of disciplines:
- Pupils participate in two Physical Education lessons each week focusing on sport-specific activities, gymnastics, dance or swimming
- Progress is mapped across year groups starting with EYFS to ensure that knowledge and skills are revised, embedded and extended each year.
- In EYFS and KS1, the units of work develop basic skills including balance, coordination, throwing and catching, and spatial awareness, as opposed to being sport specific. Pupils are encouraged to utilise equipment, move and use their bodies in ways that that they feel most confident and able to succeed in an activity.
- At KS2 units are planned around specific sports. Across a unit of work, pupils will acquire knowledge and practice specific skills related to that sport to build up towards applying the knowledge and skills to a game situation. The key knowledge and teaching points are mapped explicitly in the unit plans.
- From KS1, pupils will evaluate their own performance and that of their peers each lesson to identify next steps in their learning for themselves and others
- Staff will have opportunities to participate in CPD sessions to enhance their subject knowledge
- A wide range of resources have been purchased to support the teaching and learning across all areas of the PE curriculum.
- Build Character:
- Pupils will be provided with opportunities to challenge themselves; pupils who strive to improve their performance will be recognised and praised
- Pupils will have the opportunities to participate in competitive team sports to improve their tactical awareness, communicate and cooperate with others
- The structure of the curriculum coincides with borough events to provide children with the best opportunity to succeed in the events.
- Pupils will have opportunities to coach their classmates individually and in teams, to develop their leadership skills
The impact of the curriculum will be judged by:
- Pupils’ level of engagement and enjoyment of sport and Physical education in and out of school
- How well pupils can remember, understand and apply the core knowledge relating to techniques, rules and tactics in activities and game situations
- If pupils develop the personal attributes to be able to improve and succeed in physical education independently and in a team
- Assessment for Learning
- Weekly reflections from pupils based on their own progress and ‘personal bests’.
- Participation rates in extracurricular activity outside of school
- Successes in competitive environments
- Monitoring the effectiveness of teaching through observations
- Low Stakes Testing of scientific links
- Parent Feedback
- Pupils’ attitudes and behaviour in Physical Education