Physical Education 2023-2024
Curriculum Statement of Intent
At Adderley CE Primary School, we are committed to providing our children with a Physical Education curriculum that has a clear intention and clearly meets the needs of all children in our care.
The aims of the National Curriculum for Physical Education are:
- To develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities;
- To ensure our pupils are physically active for sustained periods of time;
- To encourgage our pupils to engage in competitive sports and activities;
- To encourgae our puils to lead healthy, active lives.
Our Physical Education Road Map, clearly sets out the journey our children undertake from Reception right through to the end of KS2. It also outlines how the children will progress with their learning once they embark on their KS3 journey. We undestand that our pupils join us with varying abilities and strengths and encourage our pupils to enjoy and flourish in a range of sporting activiites.
Our intent is to ensure that we provide ALL children with a high quality Physical Education curriculum that is broad and balanced and meets the needs of all learners. Each year, the children will have an opportunity to participate and develop skills in the following areas: Dance, Gymnastics, Invasion Games, Net and Wall Games, Strike and Field Games, Athletics and Swimming. The bespoke design of our curriculum ensures that all elements of the National Curriculum are covered as well as including a wealth of alternative sports to broaden the children’s experiences and skill development.
The Alternative Sports that we offer are: Arrows Archery, New Age Kurling (NAK), Boccia, Skipping, Yoga and Hoola Hooping. Whatever the pursuit, sport offers essential relaxation and helps to maintain fitness and vigour, self-esteem and confidence. Our aim is to promote the importance of Physical Education and Physical Activity to ensure that our children become life-long learners that develop and maintain healthy and active lifestyles well into adulthood.
Our curriculum offer goes beyond the 'typical' curriculum and enables our children to become a deep learners by developing not only the physical skills of PE through an activity or a sport but also by developing their thinking skills, communication, leadership, problem solving and social behaviours. As a result, our children become creative, curious and resilient individuals.
Physical Education is a statutory subject and therefore the children have an entitlement to two hours of Physical Education per week plus extra-curricular sports activities both during and after school. Physical Education is the only subject where we teach through the physical and therefore this is a key driver in our curriculum intent. Physical Education also makes a huge contribution to physical and mental wellbeing, which we recognise in various events within our sporting calendar.
Implementation – How do we deliver the Physical Education Curriculum?
Planning for Physical Education is a process which all staff, as well as our coaches from The Marches Academy Trust, are involved in to ensure that there is consistency in delivery and approach to ensure that the school provides full coverage of the National Curriculum, whilst broadening this to ensure that we cater for the needs of all individuals including groups of children such as SEND, FSM and More Able pupils.
The teaching is based upon a rolling programme of Physical Education units which ensure that skills are revisited, prior development and vocabulary are built on and the application of skills into game situations is developed as the children progress through the school. Each Physical Education lesson has a skill focus which clearly builds on the previous session. The lesson focus is explicit and we utilise a range of sports as a vehicle to teach that particular skill within the session to provide children with the knowledge and understanding that skills can be applied across a range of sports and activities. We ensure that we have a balanced curriculum offer that includes Physical Education, Physical Activity and competitive School Sport.
Effective quality first teaching is our key priority and thus enables all children to participate and progress their skills in Physical Education. Differentiation within lessons is a vital component to ensure that there is an equal balance of support and challenge for all children. Challenge and support within Physical Education might include: varying the type of equipment used e.g. cricket bat instead of Rounders bat to increase the surface area, larger ball if working on catching and sensory balls that make a noise to cater for all areas of SEND. Support can also be provided by teachers, TAs and peers. We also ensure that children have the opportunity to lead and officiate games within the Physical Education curriculum as this develops a wealth of skills and understanding.Furthermore, our competition calendar also has opportunities for pupils on the SEND register to take part in competitive sport. We also have a range of children on the SEND register who take part in other sporting competitions.Our Physical Education curriculum offers a balance of both traditional sports, such as netball, tag rugby and tennis, whilst being enriched by the introduction of non-traditional, inclusive sports, such as Boccia, New Age Kurling and Archery. This affords all children the opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports and activities and develop a range of skills. It also enables us to broaden our children’s outlook in terms of different sports that are on offer to them which instilling enthusiasm and motivation to try something new.
We believe that these six values identify what school sport should be about. We celebrate the demonstartion of these values before, during and after each and every sporting activity or event and recognise the added value of these in our ever day life
Planning is progressive so that skills become more challenging as the children move through the school although the sports used to deliver the skills will remain consistent to ensure that we continue to offer a board and balanced curriculum for all children. Our planning has an explicit lesson objective for each session which is shared with the children at the start of a lesson and then revisited again at the end of the lesson. Teachers make formative judgements during the lesson using the Assessment for Learning questions outlined on the planning and adapt activities where necessary using differentiation. A final judgement can then be made at the end of each lesson which then informs the next session and how progression of skills can be maintained. Children also have the opportunity to self-assess based on their personal best and utilise peer assessment as well.The lesson sequence is then broken down into two main parts (skill development and application of the skill). At the end of each unit of work pupils are assessed against the outcomes; Working towards, Competent and Mastered.
Throughout the year we have opportunities for the children to strive to beat their personal best. This is also a good use of formative and self-assessment for the children. All children have access to the Daily Mile and they record their times at least termly to see if they have beaten their best time.
In addition to our Physical Education curriculum and Physical Activity opportunities, we also assess the children for upcoming competitions linked to the School Games. During lessons, children are identified and offered the opportunity to attend trial sessions for team selection. We are fortunate, as a small school, to be able to select teams for most competitions which ensures that more children are having access to competitive sport.
Further to assessing our Physical Education curriculum, we also thoroughly track the impact of our Sports Premium. We have ensured that each year we have built upon the strengths from previous years and strived to create a sustainable PE and School Sport offer for our school. All of our funding action plans can be found in the 'key Information' section of our website.
In addition to the National Curriculum coverage, we also have a wide range of alternative sports which offer the children a board and balanced Physical Education curriculum.
We also have a Daily Mile track which the children use at lunchtime, during their games lessons (as a warm up) and also to complete their personal challenges each day. Children are provided with the opportunity to complete the daily mile at least once per day.
We recognise that a healthy active lifestyle promotes Healthy Mental Health and Well Being. Our Playground Leaders support and encourage pupils across the school to participate in 'Active Playtimes' and this role in turn develops independence and promotes leadership skills amongst our older pupils.
Our Year 5 and 6 pupils are offered the opportunity to participate in a two-day residential to Arthog each Year. During this visit pupils benefit from a range of Outdoor Pursuites which include; raft building, gorge walking and rock climbing to name but a few! The site itself is set amidst the beautiful North Wales Snowdonia National Park and beneifits from both a mounmtianous and coastal location. More about Arthog can be found by folling this link.
We offer two sports clubs a week, one for KS2 and one for KS1 which gives children the opportunity to expand their skills further and enjoy a range of multi sports on offer throughout the year in safe, fun environment. The clubs are based on school sport and physcial activity approach rather than physical education.
All year groups have the opportunity to work with a range of different sports coaches throughout the year. We have The Marches Academy Trust coaches in weekly to work with the children and develop staff CPD.
Throughout the year, children also come into contact with sports coaches from different areas when we take part in the School Games competitions which they referee/umpire. Children are then signposted to local clubs outside of school.
Our school follows the ‘Take School Swimming Seriously’ scheme by implementing the ASA’s School Swimming Charter. We have joined in partnership with The National Governing body for swimming, the ASA, to help every one of our pupils become confident and capable swimmers. Swimming is an essential life-saving skill that every child has a right to learn and by launching the School Swimming Charter we want to show that we are dedicated to making our school swimming lessons the best they can be.
Our swimming curriculum ensures that all children can:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m
- Use a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations.
We provide ten weeks of swimming for all pupils in Years 3 - 6. The expectation is that all children must be able to swim at least 25m by the end of KS2. Any children who do not meet this requirement will be provided with extra swimming sessions at the beginning of the Summer term. Children who have already met this target will still have swimming provision as we strongly believe that the further you can swim the more competent and confident you will be, thus improving your overall water safety.