At Abbot's Hall Primary School our intent for Physical Education and Sport is that every child should have the opportunity to take part in physical activity on a regular basis and become more physically confident and competent. We hope that, through all of the sporting opportunities and physical activity we offer, the children will develop an understanding of the importance of being active and healthy and the physical and emotional benefits that this brings. It is our aim to sow the seeds to develop a lifelong participation in physical activity and sport to benefit long-term health and well-being, enabling our pupils to become the best that they can be now and in the future.
In the Early Years, children are encouraged to be active and develop their fine and gross motor skills. These basic skills are developed through PE lessons and continuous provision. These are the building blocks for their later skill development in PE.
Early Learning Goals for Physical Development: Gross Motor Skills
Children at the expected level of development will:
The National Curriculum for PE: Key Stages 1 and 2 aims to ensure that all pupils:
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1 pupils should be 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.
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 pupils should be 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.
At Abbot’s Hall we have an inclusive curriculum. Through this curriculum we are giving children a wealth of opportunities to develop their physical skills as well as achieving whole child objectives.
To support the implementation of our PE curriculum our PE lessons are planned using the Get Set 4 PE platform. This aligns with our core values, our whole child approach to PE and the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. Get Set 4 PE is planned so that progression is built into the scheme which ensures our children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school. Teaching staff are guided to offer a broad range of lessons, allowing progression through each year group and key stage. Children embed their learning, build on their learning, making progress across the year and school.
The curriculum planning in PE is carried out in three phases (long-term, medium-term and short-term). The long-term plan maps out the PE activities covered in each term during the key stage. The PE subject leader works this out in conjunction with teaching colleagues and pupils voice in each year group. Together we create a broad and balanced curriculum that is exciting for our children to learn through. Our medium-term plans give details of each unit of work for each term. These schemes of work provide an overview of the unit, links to other areas of the National Curriculum and assessment criteria for that unit. The short-term lesson plans provide opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in each activity area. All pupils receive two lessons of PE each week.
In addition to the curriculum, pupils’ experiences of PE and School Sports also include:
Assessment in PE is both formative (ongoing) and summative. It is measured by ongoing assessment of the acquisition of skills and declarative knowledge – concerning rules, tactics, strategies, health and participation. This declarative knowledge is explicitly linked to what is being taught during the lesson and the unit of work. Pupils are challenged or supported as a result of this. Peer and self-assessment are used and children become skilled in reflecting on their learning and performance. Questioning is another way in which the impact of teaching and learning is measured. This is used during PE sessions to reinforce learning and specific vocabulary
Formative assessment in PE at Abbot’s Hall can be seen in every lesson with teachers:
Summative assessment in PE can be assessing children’s’ knowledge and understanding at the start of a unit and repeating this activity at the end of a unit having spent time teaching the key components. This will be recorded half termly on Arbor (the same for all Foundation Subjects at AH). For each unit of work there are knowledge organisers and vocabulary pyramids to support pupils by providing a visual record of the key learning from each unit, encouraging recall of practical skills, key knowledge and specific vocabulary.
Our expectation is that pupils will leave Abbot’s Hall having had a positive experience of PE and School Sport. We hope pupils will leave equipped with the knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy, active life. We hope this will enable them to succeed in their secondary education, being able to enjoy PE and School Sport and develop a lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
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