Physical Education

Intent

We want all children at Glusburn Primary School to: develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities; be physically active for sustained periods of time; engage in competitive sports and activities and most importantly, lead healthy, active lives. We feel that being active is beneficial to children’s mental health and well- being.

How is the PE Curriculum implemented?

The PE curriculum is coherently planned and sequenced towards building knowledge and skills for future learning. The curriculum is successfully designed to be ambitious, and meet the needs of all pupils including those with SEND, developing their knowledge, skills and abilities to apply what they know and can do with increasing fluency and independence.

Our pupils study the full curriculum; it is a gradual progression that builds upon skills that are later applied to game scenarios.

Since September 2019 PE has been taught weekly on specific PE days. On these days children receive both an indoor and outdoor PE session. The indoor session in the main school hall is led by the school sports coach, Mr Smith. These sessions focus on developing flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance through dance and gymnastics. The outdoor PE sessions are led by the class teacher focusing on participating in team games. Children in Key Stage 2 also take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges during their annual residential visits in Year 5 and Year 6; whilst children in Year 4 take part in swimming with the aim of being able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres by the end of Year 4. Additional lessons take place for children who have not reached this in years five and six.

How is PE enabled in the Early Years?

In Early Years PE is taught through the Prime areas of Physical Development and is enabled through, for example: providing time and space to enjoy energetic play daily; providing large portable equipment that children can move about safely and cooperatively to create their own structures; practising movement skills through games with beanbags, cones, balls and hoops; planning activities where children can practise moving in different ways and at different speeds, balancing, target throwing, rolling, kicking and catching; providing sufficient equipment for children to share, so that waiting to take turns does not spoil enjoyment; marking out boundaries for some activities, such as games involving wheeled toys or balls, so that children can more easily regulate their own activities; providing activities that give children the opportunity and motivation to practise manipulative skills, e.g. cooking, painting, clay and playing instruments; providing a range of left-handed tools especially left-handed scissors, as needed; support children with physical difficulties with nonslip mats, small trays for equipment, and triangular or thicker writing tools; providing a range of construction toys of different sizes, made of wood, rubber or plastic, that fix together in a variety of ways, e.g. by twisting, pushing, slotting or magnetism.

Weekly PE lessons are taught by the School Sports Coach, where an emphasis on the fundamental movements using fine and gross motor skills are planned to ensure all children have the exposure to high quality PE lessons that are planned and sequential.