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>> PHYSICAL EDUCATION
“Sport and health are so important to our nation that they deserve to be right at the front of people’s minds.”
At Park Lane, we strive to create a culture that encompasses inspiration in an active generation through encouraging enjoyment in our PE Curriculum. We provide a safe and supportive environment for our Griffins to flourish in a range of different physical activities, which is pertinent in supporting their physical, emotional, social and moral development. We offer a dynamic, varied and stimulating program of activity to ensure that all Griffins progress physically, through an inspirational, unique and fully inclusive pursuit of excellence in their PE curriculum. Our Griffins are encouraged to develop their understanding of their body, equipment and the apparatus safely, yet imaginatively, to achieve, inspire and stimulate their own personal goals. Each child has the opportunity to enjoy being physically active, maintain a healthy lifestyle and using the power of Sport, increase their self-esteem. We aspire for all our Griffins to adopt a positive mind set with the belief that their potential is limitless and determination, resilience and patience is key in accomplishing all.
The aim of Physical Education is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyle through a variety of approaches. At Park Lane, our Griffins are taught to observe and produce the conventions of fair play, honest competitors and good sporting behaviours as individuals, part of a team and spectators. Thus, embedding life-long values such as co-operation, collaboration and equity of play. In addition to the importance placed on the PE Curriculum, we also provide a wide co-curricular offer for our Family which includes the opportunity for all children to attend extra- curricular sports and activity clubs, with no expected fee. Daily physical activity and health enhancing activities play a crucial role in our offer for our children to allow physical activity to become immersed in their daily routines. Opportunities including the teaching of swimming lessons in Year 4, which continue until children become confident in the water, and of course the National Curriculum requirements of 25m of swimming by the end of Year 6.
Our PE Curriculum, along with PSHE and Science, teaches our children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the importance for good nutrition in life. At Park Lane, we aim for children to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on their future by becoming physically active citizens to further benefit their long-term health and wellbeing-being.
The Head of Sports and Teachers at Park Lane Primary School:
- Have secure subject knowledge of the PE curriculum using I can statement alongside assessments to ensure PE lessons are skills based.
- PE at Park Lane provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and OAA.
- The long-term plan sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met.
- A progression of skills is used with each year group, which enables pupils to build on and PE Curriculum Statement develop their skills each year for each area, with regular assessments in each lesson. Children’s progress in PE is accessible by all teachers meaning they can view the Foundation Assessments which is continued year to year.
- Pupils participate in a 2-hour high-quality PE lesson each week, covering one sport and focusing on skills every half term. In each lesson we reward a “Star of the Week” where one griffin wins their House wristbands, this will be for showing their values and for meeting the learning intension.
- Children are encouraged to participate in the wide variety of rich extra-curricular activities offered before and after-school each day. Our aim is for every griffin to participate in an extra-curricular club through the year.
- Inter-House competitive tournaments happen at the end of each PE unit. Where all griffins compete in their Houses for dojo points. Our Sports leadership team help with the running of the tournaments.
- Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area and county level. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by our griffins.
- Our participation and success in sporting events raise the profile of PE further and creates even more enjoyment of physical activity. This links in with our intent of allowing all our children to be physically active for life and understand the benefits of this.
- All classes take part in the Daily Mile during their day which helps contribute to the 30 minutes of physical activity at school.
- Each year a small group of Year 6 children are invited to become Sports Leadership Team for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunch-time clubs, our annual Sports day and any other Sporting activities.
- Children participate in workshops covering a variety of sports throughout the year. For example, archery, outdoor and adventure, boxing, mountain biking, Tri-Golf and sailing, again providing the children with an opportunity to develop, improve their fitness and to try something new.
- Children in Year 4 swim once a week for the whole academic year. Year 6 griffins will repeat the 10-week course later in school for any children that are still unable to swim.
- Annually, the school celebrates ‘Healthy Living Week’ to educate and promote a healthy lifestyle and physical activity.
- A proud tradition – Sports day is held at the Pingles Athletics stadium where all griffins engage in different events as part of their House, competing for the House cup.
- Children in Year 4, 5 &6 are invited to attend a residential trip where they will undertake various outdoor activities such as climbing, canoeing, gorge walking, and bouldering. Our aim is to further develop our offer of outdoor, adventurous activities to children in other year groups.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and carefully planned provision are designed to support children’s physical development. We offer daily playful opportunities for children to engage in physical activity both in and outdoors. Our children have access to free flow play for sustained periods of time and are encouraged to use our large outdoor environment including our forest school, mud kitchen, play equipment and large sandpit. We access this environment all year round and in all weather conditions to support the development of gross and fine motor control, balance, coordination, confidence and problem-solving skills. We offer a range of healthy snacks to develop our understanding of the importance of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
At Park Lane Primary School, we ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. All children are provided with the skills and given opportunities to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Our pupils are physically active, and this has positive implications on their learning in the classroom. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise. We hope children enjoy PE and develop a love of sport, and physical activity, that they pursue outside of school and in future life outside of primary school. All pupils understand the values and importance of fair play and being a good sportsperson. Year 6 pupils leave school with the skills to self-rescue in the water and swim 25 metres competently.
Children at Park Lane are deemed to be making good or accelerated progress in this subject. In addition to this, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Park Lane have achieved the Quality Gold Mark award from the Youth sports Trust, this award provides schools with a nationally recognised kitemark for PE and school sport.
- All teams continue to perform at level 2 event to a high standard and then onto represent at the county finals.
- At the end of each term, each individual is graded to identify if they are working below, expected standard or above the standard. This data is input on a whole school tracking system.
- Formative assessment takes place in every PE lesson assessment and identifies strengths and areas for improvement, which generates individual targets.
- Co-Curricular clubs remain popular and oversubscribed meaning children are keen to continue refining skills and have developed an enjoyment for being active.
- Pupil voice enables us to improve our provision of curriculum, competitive sports, enriching activities and clubs even further as a result of pupil voice, we have provided a morning dodgeball club and a girls’ only football club.
- Seesaw provides an evidence base showcasing children’s understanding and progression within PE across the school.