PE CURRICULUM Intent and IMPLEMENTATION Statement
Physical education at King Street Primary School aims to develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing in our children now and for their future. We fully understand that physical fitness is an important part of leading a healthier lifestyle, both body and mind, even more so post school closures, therefore it is our intent to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles whilst teaching children life skills that will positively impact on their future. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical activities, where children are taught to observe the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators - embedding life-long values. Learning will follow a progressive sequence and will focus on the following strands: invasion games, athletics, gymnastics, dance, striking and fielding, problem solving, swimming and net games with an overriding them of healthy lifestyles. Children will be inspired by individuals, both historically and current, exposing them to the best of what has been thought, said and achieved in these areas. Through the evaluation of performance and self-challenge children will develop resilience within physical activity giving all the chance to succeed.
As a school, we know that through the teaching of Physical Education, children will learn how to become confident, creative and physically active pupils with a clear understanding of a healthy lifestyle. After considering the impact of Covid, planning has been tailored to ensure that pupils will develop the ability to work as part of a team/group, manage and control risks, confidently and competently use a variety of sporting equipment and rules; as well as create and perform routines in front of an audience. Children will understand clear links between their learning and real life – recognising how their developing knowledge and skills can be applied today, beyond school and in to later life, including potential career paths within a sporting field.
Although physical education is a highly practical subject, learning will be underpinned by core knowledge, skills, concepts and vocabulary on which children will have the confidence to be more creative, making more informed decisions when playing and performing.
We aspire for every child leaving King Street Primary School at the end of Year 6 will:
- lead a healthy lifestyle, which is achieved by: eating sensibly, being aware of the dangers of drugs, smoking and alcohol and exercising regularly;
- be able to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and have an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being;
- take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others;
- employ imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography;
- be able to improve their own and others’ performance;
- have a keen interest in PE - a willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extracurricular sport;
- be able to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and know how to remain safe in and around water.
The implementation of physical education at King Street Primary School is underpinned by the following key principles:
Life Opportunities Creativity Confidence Competence
Balanced Coherent Real & Relevant
Knowledge Rich Cognitively Challenging Inclusive
Life skills are key to physical education at King Street Primary School. The balanced curriculum we offer allows children to experience a wealth of different physical activities as well as different roles within sports. We will endeavour to invite professional sports stars into school to showcase the pinnacle of sport, as well as more local sporting heroes showing where sport can lead, whilst developing our pupil’s ability to work within a team and understand the different strengths and weaknesses of others and themselves.
CREATIVITY, CONFIDENCE & COMPETENCE We seek to embed creativity, competence and confidence within the subject. Many aspects of the curriculum are based around local sporting competitions and festivals to prepare the children to be competent when they enter them. Within lessons such as gymnastics and dance, there is the chance for all children to show creativity and perform to peers.
BALANCED Physical Education is taught for 2 hours each week in all year groups during curriculum time, with many additional opportunities outside the core teaching time. Within each year, pupils will have the opportunity to develop progressive skills and knowledge in games (invasion/striking and fielding), gymnastics, dance, athletics, as well as their ability to analyse their own performance and the performance of others. Swimming takes part in KS2 year groups across the academic year.
COHERENT Whilst making links to various other subjects, most notably Maths, Science and English, the place and importance of physical education is the core focus. Knowledge, skills, concepts and vocabulary in physical education are coherently planned and sequenced progressively. There is clarity about the success criteria for self-improvement, with the aim of moving children from novice to expert. The physical education leader has autonomy to build and oversee the PE curriculum, ensuring they have a full understanding of the progressive journey children have through the units planned.
REAL AND RELEVANT Within PE, real and relevant experiences are plentiful, as many units are linked to events and competitions happening within the local community. The school is developing links with local clubs to help establish pathways to new opportunities for all seeking them. Highlighting successes from ex-pupils, local and national sporting teams and performers gives pupils something to aspire to.
KNOWLEDGE RICH The PE curriculum seeks to sequence skills and knowledge effectively, ensuring that children have a good understanding of core knowledge to enable them to progress from unit to unit. Core knowledge and skills (procedural knowledge) are specified in detail and laid out in knowledge organisers for the key strands within physical education.
COGNITIVELY CHALLENGING Units are chosen specifically to stretch children’s knowledge and skills development, with a key focus on core technical vocabulary and understanding of sporting principles and evaluation/analysis.
INCLUSIVE The Physical Education curriculum is constructed in a way that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, not excluding the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) or high needs, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. Units have been designed to support the development of key life skills which can be used by all pupils in everyday life. For example – teaching first aid and road safety. The knowledge and skills foci seek to overcome barriers of the varied life experiences of children at King Street. We also actively seek opportunities for our disadvantaged pupils to represent the school in teams or groups.
As a school, we recognise that both a child’s physical and mental well-being underlie their ability to learn and lead happy, healthy lives. With this in mind, and in response to the residual challenges of Covid-19, both physical and mental wellbeing are paramount; thus our physical education provision accounts for this through the medium of Team Up, which is delivered by our Positive Futures worker.