Here at St. Michael’s our intention when teaching PE is to develop the enjoyment of physical activity and to help children understand the importance of health and wellbeing. We aim to give children the opportunities to develop their skills, understanding and knowledge of sports and apply this in competitions, which will provide them with lifelong skills.
We aim to ensure that children participate in a number of different sports in order to develop a passion for being active, healthy, resilient and to gain the confidence to try new things.
Our PE curriculum and objectives cover the skills and knowledge that are shown in the National Curriculum as well as providing children with opportunities to challenge themselves. All PE lessons have a purpose and are meaningful and staff aim to make links to other subjects wherever possible (for example, linking our dance topics to the class novel)
We strive for children in KS1 to become competent and confident with the fundamental movement skills (agility, balance, co-ordination) through dance and gymnastics. Basic movements such as running and jumping or throwing and catching are covered through Athletics and Basketball. Children engage in competitive and co-operative activities through House competitions in a variety of different sports.
In KS2, pupils continue to develop their skills in more competitive and challenging situations. They begin to develop their understanding of the rules of different games, such as Rugby, Football, Cricket, Rounders and Netball. We encourage children to communicate and collaborate with each other by working as teams. We want children to understand how they can improve in sports by evaluating their performances. Pupils continue to learn dance and gymnastics and our Year 5 children take part in swimming lessons. Our KS2 children are encouraged to develop their resilience and team building through two residentials that take place in Year 4 and Year 6.
We endeavour to ensure our children reach or exceed their potential based on their baseline assessment. Children’s ability and progress is measured against the expectations set for each year group. The impact of our PE curriculum is that our children are able to carry on leading active, healthy lives once they have left Primary education.
St. Michael’s has been awarded the Platinum Mark from the School Games (2018/19) to recognise the range of physical activity offered to the children, within and beyond curriculum time, plus the high level of participation in competitions.
PE lesson sequence
Children should have an element of cardio and stretching at the start of each PE lesson. During this discussion should take place on why it is important to warm up and the effect it has on our bodies.
Recap Prior Learning
In KS2, if it is a new unit of work, children should recap any previous skills they have learnt that will help them in the sport they are covering. For example, throwing and catching in Year 1 will support playing Netball in Year 4. In KS1, children should discuss how previous skills can support with the new skill. For example, negotiating space in Reception is needed to send a ball in different directions in Year 2.
Model to the children the skill for that lesson. Be specific in expectations. Show the children how to position themselves and equipment as well as talking through any safety precautions they need to be aware of.
Children will practice the skill for that lesson and objective. Differentiation will be available through the equipment or space that is being used.
Children are given the opportunity to put the skill into practice through a conditioned game under the pressure of time and opponents. In Gymnastics and Dance children are given the opportunity to link the movements together and perform them to an audience.
Children need to slowly decrease the level of activity they have been completing. They also need to understand the importance and how this is important for the body to recover after exercise. Discuss what skills the children have acquired and how these can be used in sports.