How do we implement PE?
How do we implement our Physical Education curriculum?
At St Margaret’s children are exposed to two physical education lessons every week: one games based lesson and one more focused on gymnastics, dance or swimming depending on the term.
We feel that this is a great opportunity offering them a variety of different sports that require different skill sets. We believe as a school that this will maximise participation levels within P.E and Games lessons.
PE at St Margaret’s C of E Junior School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; Invasion Games, Target Games, Strike and Field Games, Athletics, Gymnastics, Yoga, Dance and Outdoor & Adventure Activities. Swimming is provided for our Year 4 children. In our curriculum, pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week, covering two sporting disciplines every half term; one outdoors (Games) and one indoors (PE). All children are taught by a qualified PE specialist for one hour a week through the Games curriculum.
Our Long Term PE and Game Curriculum Overviews sets out the PE Units/Activities which are to be taught each term throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. We alternate sports so that children develop key skills but experience these through different opportunities. For example, Year 3 focus on the skills in that sport followed by the same sport taught in Year 5 with a focus of application of the skills through game situations.
- The emphasis of our PE curriculum is inclusion for all children regardless of sporting ability. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all children, including those with SEND. For those who are unable to take part in the physical side of learning, we provide them with a different role in the lesson e.g. motivator, assessor, leader etc. Each year a small group of Year 5/6 children are invited to become Sports Leaders/ Play leaders for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunch-time clubs, our annual Sports day and any other sporting activities.
We promote both participation and competition through P.E and sport. We ensure all children experience competition at some level, individually or in a team, within lessons. To also achieve this, children are provided opportunities to trial and subsequently compete in external competitive sporting events such as Sports Hall athletics and Mini Youth Games. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities. Lunch time sports clubs are available each day and children can attend after school sport clubs. All these events/activities develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children. For those who do not take part in the above, we have team houses which are used for our Sports Day competition (with the emphasis on participation and achievement for all) in the summer term.