Our PE Curriculum Intent is to deliver a high-quality Physical Education Curriculum that is progressive and inspires all pupils to succeed in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. We also aim to provide opportunities to compete in sport and other activities to build on character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The main aims of PE at Sudley Infant School are:
- To develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- To be physically active for sustained periods of time
- To engage in competitive sports and activities
- To lead healthy and active lives.
In the Early Years Teachers follow our own progressive scheme of work focusing on Physical Development Early Learning Goals. Our schemes of work focus on refining fundamental movement skills they have already acquired (e.g. rolling, crawling, jumping). We give children the opportunity to explore ways of moving and how to negotiate space safely. Children perform exercises and activities that develop overall body strength, co-ordination, balance and agility needed to progress with physical education. Also we focus on developing core strength to support children in being able to sit correctly. Children are taught how to move large and small apparatus safely. Through cross curricular subjects and including PE, children are taught about the importance of good health and how they can keep safe. Also how to manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
Aswell as our own schemes of work we also have continuous provision activities that are clearly planned and ongoing in the Early Years. These are both indoor and outdoor activities that focus on fine and gross motor skills.
Our Key Stage 1 Curriculum is driven by the PE National Curriculum objectives. Our own progressive scheme of work covers a range of sports activities including dance, games, gymnastics, athletics, tennis and rounders. All our activities focus on developing fundamental movement skills. Children have the opportunity to re-visit and become increasingly competent at a range of different skills, extending their agility, balance and coordination. Pupils are taught to master skills such as running, jumping, throwing and catching and apply these in game situations. We offer many opportunities for children to develop simple attacking and defending skills through our schemes of work. Also they develop this through our intra and inter school competitions (gymnastics competitions, sports fun days, basketball competitions and multi-sports competitions). Children are also taught to explore and use their imagination to create their own simple movement patterns.
PE at Sudley is inclusive for all children, whatever their ability. We set suitable learning challenges and respond to each child’s individual needs. Assessment against the National Curriculum allows us to consider each child’s attainment and progress against expected standards. Staff have an understanding of prior learning and skills, so that children who are not yet working at the expected level can re-visit and continue to develop or consolidate these skills. The PE curriculum planning has activities and ideas planned that can be developed to enrich and promote high achievement and good progress for all our learners. Tasks are planned so that higher attainers can be challenged through resources, making a task more complex, adding in an opponent, open ended questioning, game situations and opportunities to take on other roles such as leadership.
Assessment in PE is ongoing through outcomes of tasks and teachers observing the children during the lesson. Planning shows clear expected learning outcomes for each activity, this supports staff in making assessment judgements at the end of each term.
Dance is taught as part of the curriculum across the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Children are taught;
- To copy simple movement patterns
- To change levels, speed and direction
- To improvise freely on their own and with a partner
- To respond imaginatively to a range of stimuli
The children develop fundamental movement skills through a range of dance styles. This helps to improve confidence to perform a range of movement patterns. Some of these dances are performed during our Christmas performances and end of year celebrations.
Gymnastics is taught as part of the curriculum across the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Children are taught;
- To negotiate space safely
- To balance on a range of body parts
- To travel along apparatus using a range of movements
- To change direction with speed and control
The children develop fundamental movement skills and access a range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.
Games is taught as part of the curriculum across the Foundation Stage and Key stage 1. Children are taught;
- To run in different directions and at different speeds
- To demonstrate accuracy in a range of jumping actions
- To accurately throw a ball at a target
- To control and catch a ball with movement
- To accurately kick a ball at a target
- To move with good control and co-ordination
- To follow rules in a game activity
- To demonstrate simple defending skills
- To demonstrate simple attacking skills
The children work on developing fundamental movement skills through a range of games and activities.
We have some sports specialists that deliver high quality sports specific activities such as gymnastics, basketball, dance and multi-sports, including Mersey Mavericks. These are extra activities that work alongside our PE curriculum to develop fundamental movement skills in the Early Years and at Key Stage 1.
We also offer a range of extra curricular clubs through outside providers. These include athletics, multi-sports, netball, martial arts, gymnastics, dance, football and yoga.
Outdoor and adventurous activities is another way in which we promote health and fitness. We offer a range of trips and activities including climbing, archery and canoeing.
Climbing Hangar – Year 2 children go bouldering at The Climbing Hangar. The Climbing Hangar is an Indoor Climbing Centre that has a bouldering wall low enough not to need ropes, this means everyone can climb at once and they can have the maximum amount of time using the wall. Indoor Climbing is good for personal and social education, group work and self-esteem, whilst also working on agility, balance and coordination skills. We have a number of staff trained to support children during the trip.
Canoeing – During the Summer Term our Year 2 children go canoeing at Liverpool Water Sports Centre . This is one of the most enjoyed trips. The children experience using paddles in the rafted canoes. This is a sport many of the children have not experienced before. It helps to develop team building, self-esteem, confidence, whilst also working on agility, balance and coordination skills.
We have invested in a range of new sports equipment and storage. These resources help to support the delivery and organisation of PE in school.
We have a consistent approach to PE from our teaching staff to our sports specialist coaches, all working towards the same PE aims. Our children are engaged in Physical Education through a range of sports activities that are inclusive for all children. Children are challenged and also given lots of opportunities to revisit skills, so that they are mastered. This prepares children for Key Stage 2 Physical Education. Our children receive quality Physical Education in school and also are given opportunities to try new sports that they may not have tried before. This range of opportunity helps to develop skills that will develop character, such as fairness, respect, leadership.
At Sudley Infant School we understand the importance of Physical Education on childrens’ social, emotional and cognitive well being. It is an integral part of our curriculum that is fun and engaging. We want to encourage our children to be healthy and active both now and in the future.