Physical Education (PE) develops pupils’ physical competence and confidence and their ability to use these to perform in a range of activities. It promotes skilfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. Physical Education provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive, co-operative and face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes toward healthy and active lifestyles.
Pupils learn how to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive, co-operative and challenging activities. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their aptitudes, abilities, preferences and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity.
- Ensure PE is experienced in a safe and supportive environment, both indoors and outdoors.
- Develop pupil’s self-confidence and ability to manage their bodies in games, gymnastic and dance activities and swimming in Key Stage 2.
- Promote understanding through wide ranging experiences of the benefits of exercise and a healthy way of life.
- Help children understand about the changes that occur to their bodies as they exercise and recognise the short-term effects of exercise on the body.
- Give opportunities to develop a wide range of skills and their suitable application within games, gymnastics and dance.
- Ensure that throughout physical activities children are involved in the continuous process of planning, performing and evaluating.
- Foster the desire to be involved in appropriate and enjoyable physical activity throughout their lives.
- To develop personal and social competence and the necessary skills to manage success in competitive and co-operative situations, to cope with losing, and to retain a proper sense of perspective in competition.
- To promote the Bedonwell values.
- Encourage children to work and play with and against others in a range of group situations.
We have carefully considered chronology in our planning that builds progressively on pupils’ knowledge and skills from Nursery to Year 6. We use the National Curriculum as a basis for our planning and personalise and extend it to suit our specific context.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Children in the Nursery and Reception classes are part of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), where physical development is a prime area of learning. Hall and outside space times are allocated for PE sessions which include ‘music and movement’. Appropriate resources are available for the children to use in support of these sessions.
Timetabled PE lessons are planned for by the class teacher using a variety of schemes of work. Continuous outdoor provision is also part of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
Key Stage 1
All children receive two hours timetabled PE and whenever possible, additional ‘Take 10’ sessions within the classroom. Hall time is allocated for every class in the school and copies of timetables can be found in the staff rooms. Teachers plan weekly for PE using ‘CompletePE’ schemes of work. Ideas linked with other aspects of learning and integrated into the PE curriculum. In all year groups each half term there is a focus on a different area of PE, these include, dance, gymnastics, games and multi-skills.
Key Stage 2
All children receive two hours timetabled PE. Each year has a designated PE afternoon where two of those classes are allocated a hall to teach either gymnastics or dance and the remaining two classes use the field/playground for games and athletics. Curriculum maps for each year group can be found on the school server in the PE folder.
Teachers plan weekly for PE using ‘CompletePE’ and also subject specific resources to supplement the PE advisor scheme. Ideas linked with other aspects of learning are integrated into the PE curriculum. In all year groups each half term there is a focus on a different area of PE, these include; gymnastics, dance, games, athletics and swimming for year six. Throughout the year there will opportunities for outdoor and adventurous activities.
This is a valuable part of the life of our school and a useful supplement to the National Curriculum. Pupils with sporting ability are encouraged to take part in such extra-curricular activities, although these are voluntary and no child would be forced into participating.
Themed Learning WeeksThroughout the year we schedule themed weeks whereby we celebrate ‘Healthy Eating’ and ‘Walking to School’. The children are involved in a variety of learning to support them in understanding the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. In the summer term school sports week is held which includes a ‘Fun and Fitness’ day for EYFS and KS1 and a ‘School Games Day’ for KS2 to allow parents/carers to see their children take part in team games/races showing some of their PE skills.
- Class teachers will assess children’s PE work and keep appropriate records using CompletePE.
- Staff in the EYFS assess children’s progress against the Development Matters (DM) statements for each of the 7 areas. At the end of their Reception year, teachers assess pupils against the Early Learning Goals and complete the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP).
- The Profile provides parents and carers, practitioners and teachers with a well- rounded picture of a child’s knowledge, understanding and abilities, their attainment against expected levels, and their readiness for year 1. Year 1 teachers are provided with a copy of the profile report to inform their transition into Key Stage 1.