Our aim is to provide a PE curriculum that ensures all pupils reach their full potential and achieve the aims of the National Curriculum through a broad, balanced and progressive approach. The fundamental skills taught in EYFS and KS1, are applied and developed further in KS2, where pupils learn how to apply them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. We teach inclusive sports, including goalball and sitting volleyball that are played in the Paralympics, to allow all pupils of different needs and abilities the opportunity to succeed.
We use the philosophy of the IB as the framework, to ensure the PE coverage emphasises the development of the whole pupil through the learner profiles. In addition, we provide the pupils with opportunities to engage in different sports through PE lessons and after school clubs. This encourages them to appreciate different sports and cultures and helps them become global learners.
We use the scheme Real PE to help encourage the pupils to be physically active. These PE lessons also give the pupils opportunities to develop their communication skills, mindset and wellbeing, with regular exercise improving the area of the brain linked with learning and memory and helping to reduce anxiety. By encouraging the pupils to be active, we are supporting their emotional wellbeing and mental health. Pupils must understand how to take care of themselves both physically and mentally in order to be successful later in life. We enrich their time in our school with memorable, unforgettable experiences and provide opportunities that are normally out of reach – this piques their interests and passions. For example, we were visited by a national athlete from the Great Britain squad who talked to the pupils about his career and ran separate workshops for small groups.
Through the IB PYP, we offer a personalised curriculum that provides depth and challenge, based on the EYFS Development Matters and Primary National Curriculum. All pupils receive 2 hours of quality physical education per week and are taught through different teaching styles and strategies. The range of sports, after school clubs and competitions the pupils have access to, allows them the opportunity to develop their confidence in attempting new challenges as well as developing character.
The majority of PE is taught through the Real PE scheme and is done so discreetly. However, some dance links can be made to our inquiries and some sections of PE can be linked with the science curriculum. Pupils acquire new knowledge and skills that are practiced in a range of different activities. Pupils work towards a high level of fitness and can understand the health benefits of this. This promotes their well-being and long term health. We encourage pupils to take leadership roles and use imagination and creativity in the techniques that they use. We enter inter-school competitions, both within the LAT and with other local primary schools (DDPSSA), to allow the pupils opportunities to use the skills they have learnt in match situations. This also allows them to enjoy competing in sports and representing the school, as well as developing their confidence in the sports and knowledge of the skills and rules of the game.
During a PE lesson, pupils will have fun, be enthusiastic and enjoy the tasks in order to develop fundamental skills which can then be applied when playing specific sports or transfer them to other lessons. We use immediate verbal feedback to allow pupils the opportunities to amend and develop their skills immediately within the lesson, in order to reach their full potential and become competent in a wide range of activities. The assessment milestones for each phase have been carefully mapped out and further broken down for each year group. This means
that skills in PE are progressive and build year on year. Through the curriculum, the breadth and depth of knowledge of the sports and fundamental skills required is embedded for all pupils to develop later in life to help them have balanced healthy and active lives.