The PE curriculum in implemented through a variety of teaching and learning styles in PE lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding and we do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children and we encourage the children to evaluate their own work as well as the work of other children. Use of subject specific keywords is modelled by staff for children to adopt and broaden their vocabulary. Within lessons we give the children the opportunity both to collaborate and to compete with each other, and they have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources.
Teachers ensure that all children are engaged by using differentiation to pitch activities with the appropriate amount of challenge for all children to ensure inclusion. To monitor this, specific groups (SEND, CIC, EAL, Traveller and Pupil Premium) are tracked.
PE is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. Our federation uses the national scheme of work and Devon PEDPASS units and the Real PE scheme of work as the basis for its curriculum planning in PE. We teach PE through Leap Into Life and dance during the Foundation Stage progressing to games, gymnastics and swimming at Key Stage 1. In Key Stage 2 we teach invasion games, net and wall games, dance, gymnastics, athletics, swimming and outdoor education. Real PE runs across the school from Foundation Stage to Year 6. The child centred approach inspires teachers to enjoy PE and improve their confidence in delivery allowing them to engage and challenge all pupils. This develops the key abilities children need to be successful with PE and sport and across the curriculum.
Staff have the relevant training to ensure that they have the appropriate subject knowledge and confidence in PE and equipment is audited and updated so that they can deliver well-resourced lessons. Alongside staff training, the PE co-ordinator team teaches with class teachers, upskilling them in the process.
We encourage the physical development of our children in the reception class as an integral part of their work. As the reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five years of age. We encourage the children to develop confidence and control of the way they move, and the way they handle tools and equipment. We give all children the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills.
Teachers create an environment that allows pupils to focus on learning through growth mindset and using effective feedback. The teaching materials teachers select – in a way that does not create unnecessary workload for staff – reflect the school’s ambitious intentions for the course of study and clearly support the intent of a coherently planned curriculum, sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning and employment.
Swimming is delivered with focus on stroke development and water safety with the children performing safe self-rescues. This work culminates in swimming charity event fundraisers, school swimming galas and external water based activities such as surf days.
Wake and Shake activities are delivered by staff to engage children in physical activity on their arrival to school and prepare them for the school day.
Balanceability is delivered in Key Stage 1 to broaden the physical activity opportunities and to develop the lifelong skill of bike riding.
Bikeability is delivered in upper Key Stage 2 to follow on from Balanaceability and develop the children’s bike riding proficiency.
A wide range of extra-curricular clubs are delivered for children to have the opportunity to develop their skills in specific sports and work towards competitive events with other schools, cultivating a love of competing. This also goes towards allowing the children to reach the Chief Medical Officer’s guideline of at least 30 minutes of physical activity being carried out daily for health and wellbeing benefits.
Competitive sporting and festival event opportunities are offered for children to have a broad experience in physical activity and develop a lifelong relationship with activity.
We offer a range of opportunities for the children to be physically active throughout the school day further contributing to the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines.
Physcial activity, balanced diet and healthy lifestyle is promoted throughout the school on displays, in assemblies, through discussions and theme weeks.
Pupil voice through Sport Councils is taken into account so the children have a say in policy and are empowered take ownership for their education.
Sports days allow the children to compete and enjoy a range of events and experience being part of a team.
A PE Coordinator works alongside staff to upskill them to improve their subject knowledge and confidence in PE delivery. This allows teachers to improve their lesson delivery which has a positive impact on outcome for pupils.
Activities in extracurricular clubs and in the PE curriculum itself are constantly changing and evolving which keeps ideas fresh and broadens the experience for the children. New activities include: dodgeball, handball, waterpolo, kick-it, turbo cricket and rock up and run.
Outdoor Education opportunities are provided through trips and residential through activities such as caving, stand up paddling boarding and raft building which allow children to be physically active in the natural environment through a range of exciting, challenging and engaging activities.
Participation opportunities are maximised through the participation of B and C teams to allow all children the chance to take part, this allows increases in overall participation percentages.
All children are included in these opportunities with SEND events provided for competitive and non-competitive physically active opportunities.
Staff are trained and updated to ensure that their subject knowledge and confidence for PE is high.
PE displays in classrooms show the class’s current unit and promote the use of key vocabulary.
School sport displays, feedback in assemblies and reports in newsletter celebrate the children’s sporting achievement and promote aspiration for other children to achieve.