From Reception to Year 6, we aim to deliver high quality Physical Education (P.E) learning opportunities which promote children’s enjoyment and lifelong love of physical activity. We prioritise developing pupils’ fundamental movement skills from the beginning of their time at Peover Superior Primary School, as well as ensuring that they have a healthy, active lifestyle which is supported by maintaining and improving their fitness levels. We believe that physical activity is integral for children’s emotional and mental wellbeing so we ensure children have regular physical activity through two P.E sessions each week, offering a wide range of extra-curricular sporting activities and incorporating opportunities for exercise into the school day. Our focus on the fundamental skills of agility, balance, coordination and core strength allows children to regularly improve their ‘personal best’ and apply basic skills to a range of sports and activities. We intend to inspire all of our pupils, regardless of physical disability, to participate and excel in competitive sport within P.E lessons, intra-school competitions, inter-school tournaments and by promoting local sports clubs in which children can further develop their skills as well as their enthusiasm for physical activity. We aim for pupils to be competitive in a fair and respectful way and to participate in sporting activities cooperatively as part of an effective team – this message is regularly reinforced and celebrated to embed lifelong values.
Our Physical Education (P.E) curriculum is designed to:
- Provide challenging and enjoyable learning opportunities through a range of sporting activities which include: invasion games; net, wall and racket games; striking and fielding games; gymnastics; dance; swimming and outdoor and adventurous activity.
- Ensure that the requirements of the National Curriculum are met through the long-term plan which sets out the P.E units and content that staff will teach throughout the year.
- Deliver two high quality P.E lessons each week, covering two sporting disciples in every half term. In Reception and Key Stage One, lessons are usually delivered by class teachers. In Key Stage Two, lessons are mostly delivered by Premier Sport coaches in collaboration with class teachers.
- Ensure PSHE is a regular feature of P.E lessons and during sporting events by teaching children how to operate in teams and the etiquette associated with taking part in physical activities.
- SMSC is a regular feature of PE lessons; students learn how to operate in teams and the etiquette associated with taking part in physical activities. Students are taught strategies to solve problems in how to outwit an opponent or design/choreograph a gymnastic/dance sequence. Subject specific vocabulary is used regularly and expected to be used accurately by the students.
- Encourage pupils to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities at lunchtimes and after-school through regularly altering sporting disciplines and several free clubs being offered. Additionally, use pupil voice to inform which extra-curricular sports are chosen.
- Involve all children in regular intra-school competitions for a variety of different sports and activities and actively promote equality, fairness, respect and sportsmanship during such events.
- Encourage children to participate in inter-school competitions within the local area through engagement in the Holmes Chapel Cluster and the Small Schools Cluster. Such competitions reinforce the important values of equality, fairness, respect and sportsmanship as well as offering children opportunities for competitive sport. These events also develop children’s team work, communication and leadership skills which are useful lifelong attributes.
- Include children with varying sporting abilities as well as those with physical disabilities within P.E lessons. Furthermore, provide them with opportunities for inter-school competition through participation in Boccia and Kurling tournaments in the Holmes Chapel Cluster. This ensures we have an inclusive approach to competition with all abilities having access to competitive sport.
- Promote physical activity through the use of Play Leaders from Years 5 and 6. Play Leaders are sporting role models for younger children who assist with the delivery of lunchtime clubs, officiate and help to prepare intra-school competitions including our annual Sports Day and organise playtime games for other children in the school. They are trained to promote teamwork and cooperation through a range of enjoyable games and activities.
- Encourage children to participate in a variety of sporting activities by engaging with local clubs and promoting them on our Local Clubs noticeboard. Additionally, we invite local clubs into school during National School Sports Week to lead workshops for our children and Premier Sport provide workshops for different sports during this week. Examples of sports offered during National School Sports Week include archery, boccia, fencing, bubble football, lacrosse, triathlon, badminton and street dance. We aim to ensure that National School Sports Week provides the children with opportunities to develop their skills, improve their fitness and try something new.
- Ensure children receive swimming instruction in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 for a full term so that they can use a range of strokes effectively, swim competently and confidently over a distance of at least 25 metres and know how to remain safe in and around water for life.
- Encourage children to lead a healthy, active lifestyle through frequent completion of the Golden Mile. Children’s miles are tracked and they are rewarded when they have completed various distances – these achievements are celebrated during assemblies. We also regularly use Cosmic Yoga, 5-a-day Fitness, Kidz Bop and The Body Coach workout sessions which promote wellbeing and fitness as well as providing children with brain breaks during and in between lessons.
- Develop children’s fundamental movement skills and fitness through the use of termly Golden Mile and My Personal Best assessments. We use these assessments to track children’s fundamental skills and fitness levels so that we can support those children whose are inactive or would benefit from further teacher support during lessons or extra-curricular sessions.
- Ensure opportunities for children to participate in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team are planned yearly through careful and thorough planning of residential trips.
P.E in EYFS
P.E lessons in EYFS take place twice each week and cover multi-skills, gymnastics and dance. In each P.E lesson, the importance of exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle is emphasised and pupils discuss the effects of exercise and healthy eating on their bodies. During P.E lessons, children are given regular opportunities to work as part of a group which supports them in playing cooperatively and learning to take turns. Different games and activities played during P.E sessions also give children an opportunity to understand and follow rules. Through the acquisition of new skills and participation in challenging games during P.E lessons, children develop their independence, resilience and perseverance and these qualities are celebrated regularly.
The focus during multi-skills sessions is developing children’s motor and game skills such as throwing, catching, running, jumping, hopping and skipping. These skills are improved through teacher demonstration and coaching; careful and considered use of appropriate equipment; engaging skill rehearsal activities and then finally applying their skills to short competitive games. In Gymnastics sessions, children work on their control and balance on and off apparatus; spatial awareness and rolling, jumping and climbing skills. In Dance lessons, pupils develop their control, balance and spatial awareness whilst practising their ability to move in time to music and using their creativity to represent their thoughts, ideas and feelings. Through focusing on limited disciplines in EYFS, it allows children to develop their fundamental movement skills in readiness for moving into Year One.
P.E in Key Stage One
In Key Stage One, children continue improving and refining their fundamental movement skills through participating in P.E lessons twice each week. At the beginning of the year, children have multi-skills sessions in which they can practise their throwing, catching, running, jumping, hopping and skipping skills through skill rehearsal activities and engaging competitive games. Later on in the year, children apply the basic skills they have developed to striking and fielding games (cricket and rounders) and invasion games (football, hockey and tag rugby) whilst learning about the rules of specific games, how to attack and defend and developing simple tactics. During sport-specific games, children develop their teamwork skills so that they can communicate with other members of their team politely, respectfully and effectively.
Gymnastics and dance are other units covered in Key Stage One in which children can further develop their agility, balance, coordination, strength, control and spatial awareness. In dance units, children are also encouraged to be creative and respond to a variety of stimuli when creating their own dances or adding to dances which they have been taught.
During P.E sessions, children are regularly reminded of the appropriate etiquette expected when participating in competitions: being fair, respectful and polite with teammates, opponents and officials. These skills are put into practice when children compete in intra-school competitions with their classmates as well as inter-school competitions in the Holmes Chapel Cluster which are aimed at Key Stage One.
P.E in Lower Key Stage Two
In Lower Key Stage Two, P.E lessons take place twice every week. In the first two terms of each year, children are taught two different sporting disciplines by Premier Sport coaches in collaboration with their class teacher. In the final term, children have one P.E lesson with Premier Sport and their class teacher and their other weekly P.E lesson is designated to developing children’s swimming competency and knowledge of water safety at Knutsford Leisure Centre.
By the time our children reach Key Stage Two they should have good fundamental movement skills, therefore the different units provide children with opportunities to apply the skills they have developed in Reception and Key Stage One to sport-specific skill rehearsal and competitive games. Children are also given a broader syllabus of sporting disciplines so that they can link the skills they have acquired in one sport to the skills required in another.
Pupils in Lower Key Stage Two are encouraged to consider tactics for different sports in order to attack and defend and they are regularly encouraged to reflect on their own performances in sporting activities so that they can improve their tactics and techniques further. Children have numerous opportunities to compete through participation in half-termly intra-school competitions as well as inter-school competitions for a range of sports. During such events, children’s communication, collaboration and sporting etiquette is developed and those demonstrating excellent sportsmanship, respectfulness and fairness are praised and rewarded accordingly.
P.E in Upper Key Stage Two
Once our pupils reach Upper Key Stage Two, they should have experienced a range of sports and their fundamental movement skills should be strong. In the autumn and spring term, children in Years 5 and 6 are taught two different sporting disciplines by Premier Sport coaches in collaboration with their class teacher. In the summer term, children have one P.E lesson with Premier Sport alongside their class teacher and they have swimming for their other weekly P.E lesson. Swimming takes place at Knutsford Leisure Centre and we aim for all children to be able to competently and confidently swim at least 25 metres by the end of Year 6.
The P.E curriculum in Upper Key Stage Two continues to develop children’s skills and tactical awareness in football, tag rugby, netball, rounders, cricket and tennis so that children can build on the skills they have already acquired and become more confident in playing such sports. Additionally, children in the oldest class in the school have the opportunity to try new sports such as badminton, tri-golf and hockey so that they have a broad range of experiences and can apply their fundamental movement skills to an array of sporting activities.
Pupils in Upper Key Stage Two are expected to be tactical when playing different sports, considering the best strategies for attacking, defending, outwitting opponents and keeping and gaining possession. Children are encouraged to work collaboratively to devise tactics and evaluate their own and other children’s performances. Our oldest children have numerous opportunities to apply tactics to competitive games within lessons, intra-school competitions and inter-school events. At such events, children in Years 5 and 6 are also expected to uphold the sporting values that they have acquired during their time at Peover Superior Primary School. Those children who consistently show respectfulness, fairness and equality when competing are given roles such as Play Leaders and officials for intra-school competitions such as Sports Day.