Physical Education plays a key part in the daily lives of our pupils.
We believe that the skills, values and opportunities created by being active has a positive impact upon the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our children.
Our curriculum aims to inspire all pupils to thrive and excel in the skill and understanding of an extensive range of sports, including competitive ones. By being exposed to a broad and balanced variety of sports throughout their school career, our pupils are able to grow in confidence and expertise. We intend to challenge our children’s sporting skills and knowledge, developing a resilience and self-motivation to be the best they can be. Key transferrable values such as equality, teamwork and respect will also be developed through PE lessons and active playtimes.
Taking part in school sport provides children with a sense of belonging. At East-the-Water Primary School, we will celebrate and take part in local and global sporting events to develop a sense of belonging and community. We offer a huge range of sports, including: swimming, athletics, handball, parkour, tennis, rugby, dance, gymnastics and cycling. By exposing our children to positive sporting experiences, we are building a healthy foundation to instil a life-long understanding about the benefits of an active lifestyle.
At our school, we ensure that we teach a minimum of 2 hours of physical activity per week. During PE sessions, teachers will model key skills, explanation of rules and tactics and how to self-reflect. In addition, children are provided with ample opportunities to take part in an extra-curricular timetable, delivered by school staff and external qualified coaches. We carefully select external providers to model outstanding practise to teachers and provide CPD, ensuring that our teaching is of the highest quality. We recognise the value of physical activity and provide high-quality sporting equipment and resources to support our physical education, including playtime equipment, parkour equipment and cycle track.
We aim to ensure that KS1 pupils:
- Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
- Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
- Perform dances using simple movement patterns.
We aim to ensure that KS2 pupils:
- Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
- Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
- Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics].
- Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
- Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
- Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
- Use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke].
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
We ensure that our PE teaching is progressive through the use of a curriculum map. Children of all ability levels are able to access every session and supported to develop key skills. Gifted and talented children are also challenged in all sports and given opportunities to demonstrate these.
Peer and self-assessment are embedded elements of our practice. This helps children to reflect and take ownership over their own sporting abilities and achievements.
We believe our children will:
- Enjoy being physically active and understand the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle.
- Demonstrate the values of equality, teamwork and respect.
- Develop an awareness of fair play and sportsmanship, and are able to work effectively in a competitive situation.
- Participate in physical activity for sustained periods of time.
- Engage in the process of reflection and understand how to improve their performance.
- Want to engage in opportunities to compete and perform.