Through our teaching of Physical Education, we aim to:
- Enable our children to explore, develop and excel in a range of physical activities which allow them to develop their physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination.
- Provide opportunity for children to engage in competitive sports and activities, encouraging children to work and play together to help develop sportsmanship and teamwork.
- Promote positive attitudes towards health, mental health, hygiene and fitness and making children aware of the physiological changes that occur in their bodies during exercise, so that they may lead healthy, active lives.
- Ensure children are physically active for a sustained period of time.
- Develop children’s performance of skills and ability to apply rules in competitive sports and be able to reflect and evaluate their own successes.
The lessons being implemented at Gordon Primary School are planned in accordance with the statutory guidance for delivering Physical Education; outlined in the National Curriculum for England 2014.
In KS1 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.
In KS2 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.
- Swimming lessons are always taught by a specialist swimming teacher. This these take place at the London Aquatic Centre. This part of the curriculum is covered during Year 5.
The contribution of Physical Education to teaching in other curriculum areas include:
- Physical Education contributes to the teaching of English in our school by encouraging children to describe what they have done and to discuss how they might improve their performance.
- We use ICT to support Physical Education teaching when appropriate. In dance and gymnastics children make video recordings of their performance and use them to develop their movements and actions. Older children compare each other’s performance from recordings and use these to improve the quality of their work.
- Physical Education contributes to the teaching of personal, social and health education and citizenship. Children learn about the benefits of exercise and healthy eating, and how to make informed choices about these things.
- The teaching of Physical Education offers opportunities to support spiritual, moral, and social development of our children through the way we expect them to work with each other in lessons. Groupings allow children to work together and give them the chance to discuss their ideas and performance. Their work in general enables them to develop a respect for other children’s levels of ability and encourages them to co-operate across a range of activities and experiences. Children learn to respect and work with each other and develop a better understanding of themselves and of each other.
The school provides a range of PE-related activities e.g., netball, football, sports agility for children at the start and end of the school day. These encourage children to further develop their skills in a range of the activity areas. The school sends details of the current club activities to parents at the beginning of each term. The school also plays games against other local schools and participates in area knockout competitions. This introduces a competitive element to team games and allows the children to put into practice the skills that they have developed in their lessons. These opportunities foster a sense of team spirit and co-operation amongst our children.
The Physical Education curriculum and scheme of work developed at the school covers all areas of activity outlined as statutory in the PE National Curriculum 2014. Each year group covers certain aspects of the curriculum during the child’s time at the school. Lesson plans will be available for most curriculum areas for each year group, if required. Timetables and progression documents will be easily accessible to help support all staff with planning.
Teaching and Learning
Differentiation in Physical Education will take place in one of three ways; by task, outcome or mixed ability grouping. Class teachers need to be aware of I.E.Ps and EHCPs and the effects of gender on performance and expectations in Physical Education. Class teachers should provide equal opportunities for boys and girls.
All children from Years 1-6 will participate in two 1-hour statutory physical education lessons a week, which aims to cater for individual needs and abilities. Appropriate time is allocated to Physical Education each week, and any changes to the class timetables must be reported to the PE Subject Leader who will inform the ULT. In Year 5 children will attend swimming lessons, these will be planned and timetabled into the school day in advance.
As with all our subject teaching, we do not teach PE in isolation to other curriculum areas; where possible, we relate the work undertaken to real life situations and we also aim to:
- Improve pupils' skills in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and Computing
- Develop pupils' critical thinking and ability to analyse
- Promote pupils' awareness and understanding of gender, cultural, spiritual and moral issues.
- Develop pupils as active and responsible citizens.