At Portfields Primary School every child in Key Stage 1 and 2 access a broad and balanced P.E. curriculum through 2 hours of PE per week. This is split into an indoor and outdoor physical education sessions. We are committed to a quality physical education where our PE lessons are delivered by specialist sports coaches from Premier Sports. We value all sporting activities and provide this not only through lessons but after school clubs and lunch times. Some of the clubs available are gymnastics, football, multi-skills, and athletics. As a school, we also endeavour to enter as many sporting tournaments throughout the year. These include: cross country, football and athletics.
As well as academic learning, pupils will be provided with the opportunity to develop their personal and social skills as our PE lessons promote character building, team work, cooperation and self-esteem. All children in lower key stage two are given the opportunity to be able to confidently, proficiently and competently swim at least 25 metres.
Our PE curriculum is fully inclusive and is differentiated to meet the needs of all pupils. We consider our resources and reduce barriers to learning where possible through adult support and group work. We carefully plan our games, gymnastics and dance lessons to ensure all pupils are able to participate in all aspects of the lesson.
We hold an annual ‘Sports Day’ for pupils to showcase their sporting abilities to parents and to teach children about competition, build up their resilience and encourage them to be aspirational. To encourage a healthy lifestyle, improve concentration and perseverance we have taken part in a ‘Skip2Bfit’ fitness activity, http://www.skip2bfit.com/home. We have also had the Olympic sprinter, Mark Lewis-Francis come to work with children learning how to do a fitness circuit.
At Portfields Primary School, we aim to provide a PE curriculum that pupils from EYFS to Year 6 not only enjoy but also allows them to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. We intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives
Children are taught regularly by both teaching staff and a sports instructor from Reception to Year 6. The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in numerous sporting festivals with other schools in the area and after school clubs. Play leaders supervises sports activities at lunchtime.
We aim to ensure that the children participate in active lessons outside of their regular PE/Games lessons. This involves incorporating moments within lessons whereby the children can be active where possible.
We follow the guidelines set by the national curriculum to ensure we offer a range of PE activities that allow each child to feel challenged and offer opportunities to progress further.
As part of the EYFS statutory framework pupils are taught:
Physical development - involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively.
Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.
Key Stage 1
Pupils develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They are able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Pupils are taught to:
- 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.
Key Stage 2
Pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils are taught to:
- 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.
Each year group in Key Stage 2 will attend swimming lessons for one term, usually in Year 3.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. At Portfields Primary School we use assessment to determine children’s understanding and inform planning. Each part of the PE curriculum is reviewed on a termly basis by the subject leader, Premier Sports and its coaches.