Physical Education: Intent, Implementation, Impact
At Beckermet CE Primary School we fully understand the importance that PE holds in ensuring that our children lead healthy, active lifestyles whilst maintaining positive emotional wellbeing. We aim to deliver high quality lessons in which our children learn how to co-operate and work as part of a team, alongside developing confidence in their own physical skills. We also want to teach children skills to keep them safe, like swimming. Our aim is to inspire all our children to participate in both intra and inter school competitions and festivals, which will hopefully lead to the development of a life-long interest in sport out of school, alongside an understanding of the values and disciplines that PE promotes. If a child discovers a particular talent, we will direct them to more specialized clubs and coaching opportunities in the locality.
The national curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy active lives
Children at Beckermet CE Primary School participate in two discrete PE lessons every week. Staff have access to Primary PE Planning so high quality lesson plans can be accessed and used. All children have access to high quality gymnastics teaching from specialist coaches during the year. Children from Year 3 to Year 6 also have swimming lessons at a local pool during curriculum time. We provide opportunities for all our children to participate in after-school clubs throughout the year. All our children are encouraged to be physically active during morning playtimes and lunchtimes. We use the Play Makers Scheme in Year 6 to develop sport leader role models of the oldest children. Lunchtime staff and Play Makers plan and supervise a range of different playground games and activities. An intra school sports day is held in the Summer term with more traditional sports being the focus. Our children also take part in competitive and non-competitive events with other primary schools in the area.
As part of the EYFS statutory framework pupils are taught: Physical Development
Gross Motor Skills: negotiate space and obstacles safely, demonstrate strength, balance and co-ordination, move energetically.
Fine Motor Skills: hold a pencil effectively in preparation for fluent writing, use a range of small tools, begin to show accuracy and care when drawing.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum supports children’s physical development. We offer daily opportunities for children to engage in physical activity both in and outdoors. We have access to an outdoor environment all year round and in most weather conditions to support the development of gross and fine motor control, balance, coordination, confidence and problem solving skills. We explore yoga and share a range of healthy snacks to develop our understanding of the importance of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Key Stage 1
Pupils develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They are able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. 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.
Key stage 2
Pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
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.
The aim of our PE curriculum is to improve the health and fitness of all our children. We also hope our children will know how to cooperate and collaborate with each other as part of a team, understanding fairness and equality. This should result in our children starting to take some responsibility for their own health and fitness to help them live an active happy life.
Progress in PE is measured using the Primary PE Planning tracking system.
Click here for National Curriculum Programme of Study
Click here for Early Years Foundation Stage document.
Progression documents are tailored to content being taught each half-term.