At Thorney Close Primary, we know that all children are entitled to an excellent physical education and we believe that all children can develop the competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities. We understand the importance of a well-structured and ambitious PE curriculum in promoting life-long habits of physical activity with the potential to positively impact our children’s long term physical and mental health and well-being. Our high quality Physical Education curriculum aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop both a love of being physically active and a confidence and competence to participate in a range of challenging physical activities.
As our pupils progress through our curriculum, we maintain a focus on ensuring children are able to engage in physical activity for increasingly sustained periods of time. We teach children to understand and appreciate the value of sustained cardiovascular exercise for their long-term physical and mental health. We also ensure that children are taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently for at least 25 metres unaided by swimming instructors using a range of strokes. All children are taught safe self-rescue and are taught how to enjoy water safely.
Throughout our PE curriculum, we teach children of all levels of confidence and competence how to engage in competitive sports and activities. Children learn to participate positively in team sports; respecting and encouraging team members and their opposition.
We regularly review prior learning to ensure that knowledge, understanding and skills build progressively over time. We also endeavour to ensure that every child leaves Thorney Close Primary School with a positive memory of their experience in PE lessons so that they take with them a sense of motivation and confidence for the next steps in their physical education. We instil in each child a respect for their right to be healthy and active now and in their futures.
How we Plan and Teach PE
In the Early Years physical development is a valued part of every-day learning. Through carefully planned indoor and outdoor opportunities in the continuous provision as well as group movement activities, children develop the strength, coordination, balance and agility needed to engage successfully with future physical education in KS1 and KS2.
Children learn to safely and confidently use a range of large and small apparatus. They revise and refine the fundamental movement skills of rolling, walking, jumping, running, hopping, skipping and climbing and progress towards a more fluent style of moving, with developing control.
In Nursery and Reception, children begin to develop ball skills such as throwing, catching, kicking, passing, batting and aiming which are refined and built upon in KS1 and applied to a range of meaningful contexts. As the children progress into Key Stage 1 and throughout Key Stage 2, each class has two PE lessons thought by either their class teacher or specialist coaches (swimming and gymnastics). Each lesson involves a warm up and a review of prior learning. In every PE lesson, children are taught to be physically competent in one or more relevant movement skill (locomotor, object control and stability skills). They also develop their knowledge of strategies and tactics and their ability to participate in physical activity in a healthy and positive manner. Sustained physical activity is planned for in every lesson so that children develop and maintain their fitness and stamina over time.
At Thorney Close, children engage in a rich and varied range of physical activities in half-termly units (or termly for swimming). Our curriculum includes invasion games and non-invasion sport, to develop children’s object control and locomotor skills. We refer to our Get Set 4 PE to support our planning and delivery of PE from EYFS through to Year 6.
In KS2, children visit a local swimming pool for swimming lessons. At our school we are committed to providing a range of opportunities for children of all levels of confidence and attainment to participate in healthy competition, through tournaments with local schools and a yearly whole-school sporting event. We regularly invite specialist coaches into school to work with the children so that they can experience a vast range of sporting activities.
How we evaluate learning in PE
We regularly assesses children’s progress in PE. In each lesson, children are observed carefully and receive formative feedback to ensure progress. In each unit, children are observed completing key tasks which indicate whether they have achieved the objectives. Children are also involved in peer and self-assessment opportunities against specific criteria and are taught to analyse their performance to draw out areas of strength and next steps.