The PE Curriculum
Our Lady’s believes that PE, physical activity & school sport (PESSPA) is a vital part of school life and ultimately our children’s future well-being. It plays an important role in the holistic development of children, building confidence and competence, resilience, co-operation and trust. We acknowledge and value the contribution PESSPA makes to whole school improvement through impacting on attendance, behaviour and pupil attainment.
It is our intent to provide an inclusive, broad and balanced PE curriculum that encourages ALL children to develop lifelong enjoyment of physical participation, whether through enhancing existing skills, learning new skills, having fun, performing with increasing physical competence and confidence in a range of physical activities and contexts.
It is our intent to ensure children understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and to equip them with the tools to do so through health and well-being education.
- Clear understanding of the importance of keeping physically active.
- Developing good communication and leadership skills, contributing positively towards being part of a team eg trust, praise, feedback, sharing and cooperation.
- Strengthen social skills which have been affected by Covid.
- Increase engagement in competitive sports and activities with their peers in school and peers outside of school.
It is our intent to fully deliver and build upon the aims of the national curriculum for physical education to meet the needs of our pupils. The national curriculum Purpose of Study demand:
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide 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.
We are committed to ensuring that ALL the children receive high quality PE lessons which are planned, sequenced and mapped out in broad and balanced blocks using PE Passport scheme. We believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is vital and unique in its contribution to a pupil’s physical and emotional development and health.
A balance of individual, team, co-operative and competitive activities aim to cater for individual pupil’s needs and abilities. The long term plan is based on progressive learning objectives which, combined with varied and flexible teaching styles, endeavour to provide appropriate, stimulating, challenging and enjoyable learning situations for all pupils.
Each class receives 1 planned PE session a week, in addition to this, Year 3 attend a swimming lesson each week. Physical education is an integral part of EYFS where children have free flow access to the outdoor provision.
- Year 3 participate in a swimming lesson each week where the children aim to achieve 25m by the end of the year. Those children who do not reach the standard will take part in extra top up sessions in the summer term of year 6.
- Our long-term plan is a progressive plan that allows for children to revisit and master physical, social and emotional skills.
- The school council have an input into the curriculum content, they assist in planning themed weeks such as health week and offer ideas for extracurricular activities.
- The PE subject lead is responsible for mapping the curriculum, ensuring that pupils experience a coherent and progressive curriculum throughout their time at school.
Physical education is considered as a vehicle to facilitate access to cross-curricular themes, skills and dimensions, rather than a subject concerned exclusively with the acquisition of motor skills and techniques.
At Our Lady’s, we ensure that our PE curriculum is inclusive and progressive and allows all children the opportunity to develop. The impact of the PE curriculum is that the children will meet their age-appropriate skills in Physical Education and be able to transfer these skills into other sports and everyday activities. PE lessons are enjoyable whilst challenging and delivered by confident and skilled teachers. This impact is measured by learning walks, pupil voices, PE Premium spend analysis, regular staff CPD and assessment data. Participation is increasing: by listening to the requests of the children we are providing wider range of sports and activities to a wider range of children.