Physical Education at Charles Saer
To support our whole school curriculum intent in PE, we aim to provide children with high quality physical education which enthuses and inspires pupils to participate fully, and develop a life-long love of physical activity, sport and exercise. Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle. We want children to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding that they need to become physically literate, leading to the development of a healthy and active lifestyle. Our PE curriculum is designed to allow every child the opportunity to reach their full potential: mentally, physically, personally and socially. This will enable children to make informed choices about physical activities throughout their lives.
PE is an integral part of school practice and allows children to gain a sense of achievement and to develop positive attitudes towards themselves and others. We aim to build a curriculum that enables children to develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary in a broad range of sporting activities, as well as developing values and transferable life skills.
At Charles Saer Community Primary School, our aim is for all children to:
- use PE to develop their understanding of competition, including: fair play, sportsmanship, team work, passion and playing within the rules.
- have a positive relationship to physical health, activity and personal wellbeing.
- be able to review, analyse and evaluate their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses.
- be able to involve others and motivate people around them to perform.
- be able to see all new challenges as opportunities to learn and develop.
- be able to respond imaginatively to different situations, adapting and adjusting skills, movements or tactics.
- be able to perform a variety of skills consistently and effectively in challenging or competitive situations.
At Charles Saer Community Primary School, the PE curriculum is taught using the Primary PE passport framework, which is in line with the National Curriculum. This is a vital resource used to support teachers with their subject knowledge and the delivery of PE. The scheme provides a strong basis of what is expected, however teachers have the flexibility to adjust and change lessons to suit the needs of their classes, in order to give pupils a tailored learning experience. Each class has access to 2 hours of high quality PE lessons every week (1 indoor session and 1 outdoor session), which are taught by either the class teacher or specialist PE provider. Children are also offered the opportunity to practise new knowledge and skills in a variety of ways. Each lesson builds upon the previous skills and knowledge, allowing them time to embed what they’ve been taught, and to work towards clearly defined end-points. Different skills are recapped throughout and across the years, but each time they are being developed further.
We teach lessons so that children:
- Secure and build on a range of skills.
- Have fun and experience success in sport.
- Develop good sporting attitudes.
- Understand basic rules and experience positive competition.
- Have the opportunity to participate in PE at their own level of development.
At Charles Saer Community Primary School we have mixed aged group classes, so we have developed a two-year cycle to ensure full coverage.
Please note: Due to swimming in Year 4, the timetable varies slightly for Years 3 and 4. This means that 1 hour a week the Year 4 children will go swimming whilst the Year 3 children follow the units set out in Cycle B and then their second PE lesson will be in their mixed Years 3/4 class following the units set out in Cycle A. This will repeat each year.
Progression of skills
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – The intent in the Foundation Stage is to focus on developing gross and fine motor skills. Lancashire has developed a 5 Fundamental Movement Skills resource to support Foundation teachers in understanding 5 key skills that they will give children, along with other skills, opportunities to develop.
Key Stage 1 – (Year 1 Baseline)
The intent in year 1 is to carry out a baseline of 10 Fundamental Movement Skills as the children enter year 1. From this baseline teachers design/adapt the PE curriculum and have a focus on the FMS the children are less proficient in.
During Key Stage 1
The intent during KS1 is to continue to develop the children’s FMS especially their weaker ones and also to teach children how to apply these skills in a context. The children develop their knowledge in using simple tactics in game type activities and creating sequences of movement in gymnastic and dance type activities.
End of Key Stage 1
The intent at the end of KS1 is to test the children’s 10 Fundamental Movement Skills again. This will show the impact on their performance of their FMS and which skills they have mastered.
Lower Key Stage 2
The intent at year 3 and 4 in games is to develop children’s attacking skills through a range of different sports and activities. However, this will be delivered through uneven sides, i.e. 3V1, 4V2. They will also develop their knowledge of simple attacking tactics, which are transferable across similar categories of games (invasion, net/wall, target and striking and fielding.)
Upper Key Stage 2
The intent at year 5 and 6 in games is to continue to develop children’s attacking skills when they are working as a team and to develop their knowledge of defending strategies. These will be delivered through modified mini-versions from uneven sides to even sides.
At Charles Saer Community Primary School, pupils PE experience should provide a depth of learning in a positive and engaging environment. Basic underlying principles and skills will have been practised, and they will have been given opportunities to develop these into more complex processes. Pupils will be confident to try new things and take risks and will be able to make quick decisions and choices when planning tasks or performances. They will have a range of strategies for solving problems and will be able to show resilience to keep going when they find things difficult.
Our children will have a secure understanding of the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle, and they will progress well throughout each year group meeting the NC objectives. They show a willingness to attend after school clubs and competitive sporting events and even the least confident children are keen to take part.