At Even Swindon Primary School, we are athletes!
We believe that a broad, balanced and progressive PE curriculum will develop children’s physical competence, nurture their confidence and develop their resilience as they strive to achieve their personal best while ensuring children are respectful of staff, peers and officials in all they do.
We have carefully designed our PE curriculum so that all children will develop a lifelong love of physical activity and will obtain the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as modestly celebrating their own successes. Pupils are able to achieve an understanding of the importance of how to live active and healthy lifestyles and will recognise the positive impact of physical activity on their wellbeing.
We strive to inspire our pupils to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up wanting to be personal trainers, nutritionists, sports journalists or gold medal winners.
- PE or physical activity will be timetabled twice per week and all children will have access to daily physical activity.
- Children will progressively develop fundamental skills (including running, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking, dribbling, rolling) and transfer these into a range of games and activities (Invasion games, net & wall, striking & receiving, ball skills) as they move through the school. All children will have opportunities to consolidate their agility, balance and coordination skills through units in dance, gymnastics and outdoor learning. Swimming will be taught in two year groups within KS2.
- We use Get Set 4 PE scheme as the learning sequences show clear progression across year groups as well as within units. Lessons not only focus on developing and improving physical competence but are also focused on developing the whole child with social, emotional and mental focuses for each lesson. The curriculum is designed to provide and best match opportunities provided through School Games competitions and events as well as matching and providing cross-curricular links with other subjects, where appropriate (healthy lives – Jigsaw & Science / teamwork values – Jigsaw etc.)
- Progression ladders show a clear progression of the skills and knowledge taught in each Year group for each unit of the PE curriculum, including a particular focus on the different vocabulary relevant at each stage. Progression journey documents further elaborate on these for the National Curriculum objectives.
- PE lessons continually demonstrate assessment for learning with live feedback on individual, group and whole class basis used throughout sessions to ensure all children are progressing with the skills at the level they are working at. End of unit assessments within the scheme allow for planning to be adapted to suit the different starting points of individual children. The children’s progress in PE is accessible by all teachers meaning they can view the current data for each class within the GetSet4PE platform, which is continued year to year. This means all teachers have an active role in promoting the profile of physical activity, sport and PE.
- All lessons within the GetSet4PE platform suggest ways that lessons can be made more accessible for SEN children and lower prior attainers. End of unit assessment data is used to identify low confidence, low attaining and less engaged children, who are then targeted for group sport interventions by our sports coach one afternoon a week.
- All lessons within the GetSet4PE platform suggest ways that lessons can be made more challenging for G&T and high prior attaining children. Opportunities for more able children to lead or coach (in line with our metacognitive approach) aspects of the lesson are provided so children can share their talents and expertise in different areas of the curriculum.
- Nearly all lessons will involve children using a range of equipment. All lessons are physically active and practical experiences for the children. Children unable to physically partake in lessons will still play an important role within each lesson. PE cupboards are well stocked with a wide variety of age-appropriate equipment for the different skills, games and activities taught, including a wide variety of equipment to allow exposure to more varied and less accessible sports.
- Knowledge organisers for every sport are accessible for teachers on the GetSet4PE platform (Possibly link/share these on curriculum pages on our school website) and vocabulary pyramids for each unit are displayed on large display boards in halls, playgrounds and on the MUGA where relevant units are taught.
- EYFS lessons/units within the GetSet4PE platform follow the EYFS curriculum and provide clear progression into the units taught in KS1. We offer daily playful opportunities for children to engage in physical activity both in and outdoors. Our children have access to free flow play for sustained periods of time and are encouraged to use our large outdoor environment including our pond area, mud kitchen, play equipment and large sandpit. We access this environment all year round and in all weather conditions to support the development of gross and fine motor control, balance, coordination, confidence and problem-solving skills.
- Theme weeks are frequently run in line with large sporting events, e.g. Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Cups and where possible visitors (professional athletes, people working in sport) are invited in to share their experiences and inspire children. We partake in National School’s Sports Week and all children have the opportunity to compete and engage in a wide variety of activities through our Sports Day provision. Children in Year’s 4 and 6 are invited to attend a residential trip where they will undertake various outdoor activities, which can include climbing, bodyboarding, mountain biking, archery and assault courses. Display boards showcase the importance of curriculum values within PE and also share the many talents and achievements of pupils both within and outside of school.
- Each term will have an assembly focusing on a Sport of the term, which will link to any relevant events at the time and active playtime activities run by sports ambassadors.
- The aim of the school is that all children will have the opportunity to represent the school in a sporting activity by the time they leave in Year 6, either through a festival or competition. We enter a wide variety of competitions run by the local Sport Partnership (Fortius PE) and share successes and engagement through social media, assemblies and newsletters. G&T performers have opportunities to showcase their talents in events like Henry Day awards evening. A wide variety of sporting clubs are provided for all age ranges (particularly KS2) and are often focused around the competition calendar for School Games events. Interhouse competitions run during lunchtimes for KS2 children and focus on the sport of the term.
- The PE team consists of experienced teachers and staff meetings are provided where appropriate to assist staff development. Fortius PE provide team teaching for staff who are less confident or who have had less training or experience (ECTs). A range of CPD opportunities, which are provided by GetSet4PE and Fortius PE, are shared by the PE coordinators with staff each year. A member of the PE team attends the annual PE conference every year.
We believe high quality learning in PE has been achieved when pupils recognise the impact physical activity has in helping them to have healthy bodies and minds (children understand the importance of physical activity in developing their fitness and their wellbeing).
This will be evident through positive engagement in lessons, children talking enthusiastically about their experiences and being able to use and apply a range of skills and values within the subject and across other curriculum areas.
The impact of our PE curriculum will be overseen by the subject leaders through learning walks, team teaching, pupil and staff voice, planning feedback and ongoing data analysis.