PE is given high priority at Frosterley Primary School with all staff taking responsibility to develop a PE curriculum that is creative, exciting and ambitious for all pupils. We want PE lessons to enthuse and inspire pupils to participate fully and develop a lifelong love of physical activity, sport and exercise. All children are encouraged to build resilience particularly when learning a new skill or tackling a new sport. PE opportunities in school include weekly class PE lessons with class teachers and specialist sports coaches, as well as swimming and extra-curricular opportunities. As well as intra school competition, we are developing links with schools in the cluster for inter school competition.
We use a range of resources to deliver PE. PE at Frosterley is very much a subject within its own right. It is a skills based subject, a practical subject and very much a doing subject. We develop a bespoke scheme of work which offers a progressive skills based curriculum as well as some topic-based activities to develop children’s learning in PE. We have adopted the DCC progression map using the Durham and QCA core tasks ensuring consistent and progressive physical education development. This not only ensures coverage of the National Curriculum for PE but also allows flexibility to take PE beyond the national expectations. PE lessons include opportunities for pupils to discuss the importance and impact of being active and how to look after their bodies. This will link across Science, PSHE and other additional formal and informal opportunities throughout the year. The positives of being active will be celebrated in school regularly so that pupils feel positive about their own, personal achievements. Pupils will be supported to develop at their own level through on going assessment and flexible planning focussed on developing necessary skills. Additional support will be given to ensure pupils who need more support are able to ‘close the gap’. A wide variety of sports and opportunities to be active are offered through logical PE planning, linked with a vast array of extra curricular opportunities. Over their time in school, pupils will be given access to many main stream sports (football, athletics etc.) with opportunities to play competitively. Additionally, opportunities to more diverse sports will be introduced (golf, curling and taekwondo for example.) Our PE curriculum covers areas of invasion games, net and wall games, athletics, gymnastics dance and OAA (Outdoor and adventurous activity). Pupils encounter all areas regularly across school, at age specific levels, aimed at developing and consolidating core skills. Swimming is the other core area of the PE curriculum, which we address through the year.
In order to increase opportunities for sport and to develop our provision, we opt to be part of the Education Enterprise school sports partnership. By paying in to the partnership, we are able to access advice, specialist coaching and a range of competitions and other opportunities. By working closely, we can ensure that our school sport provision is of the highest quality and following up to date guidance.
As PE is a practical subject, assessment will include observing, discussing and recording the children. Teachers will make a professional judgement of progress made for each child against the National Curriculum programmes of study and the core tasks. Teachers complete a termly assessment tracker identifying pupils who have not met or exceeded expectations and will identify strategies to be used the following term to ensure all pupils experience challenge and reach their potential. Accurate assessment via core tasks in lessons will highlight and monitor pupils of higher ability in different strands of PE. Pupils with
lower ability will continue to make good progress due to the additional support they receive. Pupils with higher levels of ability will be highlighted to extend and challenge themselves through competitive sport. These pupils will be challenged to use their skills in lessons and through extra curricular opportunities. Intra school competitions will allow all pupils to access competition to develop their skills. Inter school teams will aim to be competitive to offer challenge to pupils with high levels of ability.
CPD and working alongside talented coaches will increase staff confidence in delivering activity and supporting pupils in cross curricular situations. Pupils will have a broad skills base which they can draw on in different sporting situation to increase confidence and performance. They will strive to achieve their best and enjoy their own success in a range of diverse sports. Ultimately, all pupils find a love of sport and activity which continues beyond primary school and in to their personal lives.
The Subject Leader for PE is involved in teaching PE, supporting colleagues and monitoring the quality of PE provision throughout the school.
A PE curriculum that is creative, exciting and ambitious for all pupils:
- Leaders ensure that PE is given high priority
- New experiences are constantly sought through enrichment opportunities – new sports like taikwando, curling, handball and after school clubs, festivals.
- Talented pupils flourish – intra school competition/ inter school competition/ signposted to local clubs
A PE curriculum that is progressively planned and sequenced
- Part of the Education Enterprise school sports partnership – access advice, specialist coaching and a range of competitions and after school club.
- Durham and QCA core tasks
- Our PE curriculum covers areas of invasion games, net and wall games, athletics, gymnastics dance and OAA + swimming
A PE curriculum that allows ALL groups of pupils to achieve their potential
- All pupils experience challenge – termly assessment tracker identifying pupils who have not met or exceeded expectations and will identify strategies to be used the following term to ensure all pupils experience challenge and reach their potential
- All pupils will build resilience particularly when learning a new skill or tackling a new sport
A PE curriculum that is bespoke to our community
- Link across Science, PSHE and the positives of being active will be celebrated
- Adapt to children’s needs/ interests – bikeability/ taikwando