Our PE curriculum provides learning opportunities that enable all children to achieve their personal best. We strive to make sessions enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. We provide opportunities for pupils to develop personal values and transferable life skills such as fairness, respect, team work, sportsmanship as well as providing pupils with opportunities to take part in competitive sport and events. Children develop the knowledge, skills and competence to excel in a broad range of sports and physical activities including dance, gymnastics, athletics, games and outdoor activities. We inspire pupils to take part in sports activities long after they leave Salehurst C of E Primary school and we equip them with knowledge and skills to be able to make informed decisions to lead healthy and active lives.
At Salehurst C of E Primary School we aim, through the teaching of PE and sporting opportunities in school, for all pupils to be physically active through the development of their agility and physical co-ordination. We believe that PE and physical activity play a vital part in a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. PE and physical activity contribute to academic achievement, emotional stability and social skills.
Physical education provides children with the opportunity to be creative, competitive and face up to different challenges, as individuals, in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards healthy and active lifestyles. Children learn how to think in different ways and make decisions in response to these challenges. They learn how to reflect on their performance and plan and evaluate actions and ideas to improve the quality of their work. Through physical education, pupils discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences and make informed choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity.
There are 2 hours of timetabled lessons each week for every pupil in KS1 and KS2, allowing pupils to develop themselves as a whole person, build a sound knowledge of basic skills, develop the values of the school’s vision and to build a positive relationship with physical health. All staff has access to a bank of structured lessons through the PE Planning and the PE syllabus. Hall space and outside space are timetabled in order to give each class an opportunity to access PE lessons. Each lesson plan is pre-created but gives the teacher flexibility to alter elements in order to give the pupils the best, tailored learning experience.
Lessons are planned to cover the National Curriculum disciplines of athletics, dance, gymnastics, OAA and games (net and ball, invasion and striking and fielding). The curriculum considers the importance of both the breadth and depth of learning. Throughout the academic year, the allocated 2 hours curriculum time is split between the class teacher and specialist PE teacher.
There are opportunities to extend and challenge individual pupils and provide support for others. Lessons may be taught in isolation or linked over a number of weeks. A game, performance or task may be the focal point and can be revisited to allow skills to be refined and developed.
Experience in PE should provide a depth of learning in a positive and engaging environment. Basic underlying principles and skills will have been practised and opportunities to develop these into more complex processes. Pupils will be confident to try new things and take risks. They 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 show resilience to keep going when they find things difficult. Pupils will understand the benefits of working in different group dynamics. They will have the confidence to lead and support others. They will understand the importance of physical activity in a wider context and possess the skills and enthusiasm to develop their learning further.