Physical Education is an important part of the curriculum that provides opportunities for children to develop socially, physically and encourages them to live and lead a happy and healthy lifestyle. At Glebe, we provide pupils with a wealth of opportunities to become physically active and to develop a range of fundamental skills, that can be applied in many situations as they progress throughout the school. Team work and sportsmanship are also fundamental principles that are taught from an early age which allow pupils to develop socially including their understanding of fair play.
Article 6 – The right to life and to be healthy
Article 15 – The right to meet with friends and join groups and clubs.
Article 28 – Every child has the right to a good quality education.
Article 29 – Education should help children to develop their talents and abilities.
Aman Sawnhey, Swati Soni
Foundation Stage / KS1
Intent, Implementation and Impact
Physical Education is an important part of the curriculum that provides opportunities for children to develop socially, physically and encourages them to live and lead a happy and healthy lifestyle.
At Glebe, we provide children with a wealth of opportunities to become physically active and to develop a range of fundamental skills, that can be applied in many situations as they progress throughout the school. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum in line with National Curriculum requirements which will equip children with skills for life including communication, resilience and
co-operation. Team work and sportsmanship are also fundamental principles that are taught from an early age which allow children to develop socially including their understanding of fair play.
The Complete PE curriculum is broken down into six key areas detailed below:
- ABC of movement (Gymnastics)
- Core Athletics Skills
- Sending, Receiving, Throwing and Catching
- Striking and Fielding
- OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities)
Key skills in each topic are planned using the assessment toolkit. They build on learning from previous years in the same topic with each lesson. These are written in the Medium-Term Plans and progress from one lesson to another. A detailed curriculum map ensures that children experience a wealth of opportunities in these key areas as they progress throughout the school. Each class is timetable for two PE lesson each week focusing on both indoor and outdoor topics.
In Year 4 children visit the local swimming pool where they learn to:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 meters
- Use a range of strokes effectively
- Perform safe, self-rescue in different water-based situations
A wide range of physical resources are used to teach the Complete PE curriculum.
Each class has access to a playtime resource bag which includes a range of equipment to support their physical development at break times to ensure that children are engaged in physical activity throughout the school day.
Daily physical activity is an integral part of the school day where children take part in short bursts of physical activity. This is tracked on charts within each class, with a physical activity champion celebrated in weekly achievement assemblies.
Intra house competitions run throughout the year which give each child in the school the opportunity to take part in competitive sport. These competitions vary from year to year depending on pupil voice and feedback. Children also have the opportunity to take part in inter competitions where they compete against children in the local borough in a variety of sports.
By the end of the EYFS pupils will be able to:
- Show good control and coordination in large and small movements.
- Move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.
- Work co-operatively with others, taking it in turns.
- Take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity.
By the end of KS1 pupils will be able to:
- Build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in EYFS (be active and interact with others, to improve their skills of coordination, control, manipulation and movements).
- 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.
- Be able to engage in competitive [both against self and against others] co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
By the end of KS2 pupils will be able to:
- Build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stage 1.
- Continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills.
- Learn how to use the skills in different ways.
- To link skills to make actions and sequences of movement.
- Enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.
- Develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Intra House competitions encourage pupils to take part in and experience competitive sport. Throughout the year we run a variety of competitions in a range of sports which all pupils have the opportunity to compete in and earn points for their house teams. These include sports such as, athletics, football, netball, hockey, basketball, gymnastics and tag rugby. Pupils earn points for their house teams throughout the year in various team competitions which end during Fun and Fitness Week when the house trophies are awarded to the winning teams.
There are many local and borough competitions in a variety of sports that we enter throughout the year. These include events such as cross country, football, athletics, basketball, rounders, cricket, netball gymnastics and dance. Pupils from different year groups across the school are given opportunities to attend these events. These competitions against other schools provide our pupils with invaluable experiences in competitive sport and allow them to showcase their skills and talents against other children in the borough.
When pupils reach Year 5 they are encouraged to apply for a Sports Leader role. They are given the opportunity to explain why they think they are a suitable candidate in promoting physical education, sport and how they will encourage children to be physically active whilst at school. Sports Leaders provide an important role in many aspects of the P.E. curriculum. They encourage pupils to take part in physical activities at break times and at lunch times, often promoting the learning of fundamental skills with children in the Infant School. They also help to organise, referee and manage Intra House competitions, and try to engage less active pupils in fun, physical activities.
Keeping Fit and Healthy
There are many research-based health benefits which include; an increase in stamina and fitness levels, increase focus and concentration, reduces feelings of anxiety and stress, reduces obesity and an improved body composition. Children are actively encouraged to take part in small fitness champion activities weekly in school.