What is taught?
At St Helen Auckland Community Primary School, we believe that through the teaching of PE and sporting opportunities in school, for all pupils to be physically active through the development of their agility and physical co-ordination. We believe that PE and physical activity play a vital part in a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. PE and physical activity contribute to academic achievement, emotional stability and social skills. We aim to provide learning opportunities that enable all children to achieve their personal best. We strive to make sessions enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all.
We will provide opportunities for pupils to develop personal values and transferable life skills such as fairness, respect, team work, sportsmanship as well as providing pupils with opportunities to take part in competitive sport, festival and league events. Working alongside Education Enterprise the children develop the knowledge, skills and competence to excel in a broad range of sports and physical activities including dance, gymnastics, athletics, games and outdoor activities.
Our PE Curriculum lends itself to developing the following key skills for life (Learning Powers):
We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities which encourage children to be physically active for sustained periods of time. Through high quality PE pupils discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences and make informed choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity.
How is PE taught in our school?
We encourage the physical development of our children in the Early Years Foundation Stage as an integral part of their work. We relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five years of age.
Physical development within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework is one of three prime areas for learning. The two related Early Learning Goals are:
Moving and handling – Children show good control and coordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
Health and self-care – Children know the importance for good health of physical exercise and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
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
PE is carefully timetabled in school to ensure all children get 2 hours of PE per week. To go alongside this there are opportunities for active learning to take place in the classroom. It is recommended that children do at least 30mins of physical activity in a day. Staff will use PE lessons, Active Learning, Brain Breaks and focused playtime games to ensure this takes place.
Key stage 1
Pupils should be taught 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 should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be 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 pattern
Key stage 2
Pupils will be taught to 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 will be taught how to communicate, collaborate and compete with each other. They will develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils should be 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
Swimming and water safety
Pupils will be taught to:
Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
Use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
Why is PE taught in this way?
Our PE curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. Children will demonstrate a positive attitude towards physical education and sports. The impact of our PE curriculum at St Helen Auckland Community Primary should provide a depth of learning in a positive and engaging environment. Basic underlying principles and skills will have been practised and opportunities to develop these into more complex processes. Pupils will be confident to try new things and take risks. They will be able to make quick decisions and choices when planning tasks or performances. They will have a range of strategies for solving problems and show resilience to keep going when they find things difficult. Pupils will understand the benefits of working in different group dynamics. They will have the confidence to lead and support others. They will understand the importance of physical activity in a wider context and possess the skills and enthusiasm to develop their learning further and onto Key Stage 3 and a life long healthy lifestyle.
Medium Term Planning
Long Term Planning