PE Curriculum Intent
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” John F Kennedy
At All Saints School we offer a high-quality physical education (PE) curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness and promotes healthy active lives. We deliver opportunities to compete in sports and other activities that build character and help to embed (fundamentally British) values such as fairness and respect. All Saints School offers a broad and balanced PE curriculum, allowing for enough differentiation to meet the variety of needs, ages, abilities and interests of the children.
Children are taught PE regularly by both teaching staff and a specialist sports coach from Reception to Year 6. The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in numerous sporting tournaments with other schools in the area and after school clubs. The sports coach delivers sports activities including: football, hockey, basketball and netball. Water safety is an important part of our PE curriculum where Years 4-6 attend weekly swimming lessons for one term per year. We aim to ensure that the children participate in active lessons outside of their regular PE lessons. This involves incorporating moments within lessons whereby the children can be active alongside the Daily Mile and in class workouts. We follow the guidelines set by the national curriculum to ensure we offer a range of PE activities that allow each child to feel challenged and offer opportunities to progress further.
At All Saints School the PE curriculum is ambitious and designed to give all pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils and including pupils with SEN and/or disabilities, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. We use strategies from the NASEN guidance to support our scaffolding within PE teaching. This includes, but is not limited to the following list; visuals to be used eg: stop, run, jump, ear defenders during hall time as it can be very noisy, lights to be dimmed or off during certain times to not over stimulate children, varying the size and adapting equipment to best suit the child’s needs, adapting an activity to ensure all children can participate at any level.
As part of our PE curriculum, children build upon prior skills throughout their primary school years. In EYFS, the children learn to move to music which builds into simple movements in KS1. This leads onto children learning to use a range of movements and patterns whilst building on technique and balance in Upper KS2. In EYFS, children are taught to recognise rhythm and beat and to be able to clap in time to the music with adult support. This progresses on to Year 2, where the children will then be able move independently in time with the music. By Year 6 children will be able to confidently move in time to the music with more complex rhythm and phrasing.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. At All Saints we use summative assessment to determine children’s understanding and inform teachers planning.
How can I support my child with Physical Education?
1. Organised Activities
Adults or children can organise active play. There are active indoor games such as Simon Says, and dozens of games to play outside — hopscotch, jump rope, dodgeball, badminton and volleyball. Depending on the season, plan trips to a local bowling alley, swimming pool or skating rink. Look into the options provided at school or at the local park for other organised activities.
2. Competitive Sports
Different children excel at and enjoy different types of activities. Experiment with team and individual sports and activities alike — from football and netball to ice skating and martial arts — to see which types of activity interest your child.
3. Make Fitness Part of Your Child's Day
If your children can walk, scoot or bike to and from school, they will get many of the physical and mental benefits of being active, while you save on trips to the petrol station. Walk or bike with your kids, when you can, and organise a neighbourhood walking or bicycle-pool for days when you are not able to go with them.
4. Make Screen Time an Active Time
When going to play outside isn’t an option, your children can play interactive video games that require physical activity such as tennis, bowling or basketball. You also can use dance or fitness videos and active video games for some physically-active television time.