What is the intent of our Physical Education curriculum?
At St Margaret’s C of E Junior school, we recognise the importance Physical Education (PE) plays in the curriculum. We aim for all children to be physically active for sustained periods of time and be able to make informed decisions to lead healthy and active lives. As a result, we are committed to provide all children with opportunities to engage fully with our sporting curriculum, which aims to provide a broad range of sporting and physical activities.
We strongly believe that an inclusive and engaging PE curriculum, experienced in a supportive environment, is pivotal to ensure children succeed and excel in all types of physically demanding activities. Through this, pupils will be able to attain optimum physical, social, cognitive and emotional development as well as having the opportunity to refine their skills and further their knowledge of PE concepts. Consequently, our curriculum will support them to grow as an individual and to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Here at St Margaret’s, we aim that as a result of the enriching learning opportunities, all children will succeed, enjoy their learning and consistently strive to give their best efforts at all times and achieve their potential and personal best.
The aim of our PE programme is to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed and develop life skills that can be transferable to other aspects of their life. We intend they understand fairness and equity of play embedding lifelong values such as resilience, respect and responsibility. Children are given the opportunity to take part in a range of sports to enable them to develop their basic physical competencies, build confidence and build foundations for a love of physical activity, competitive sport and a healthy lifestyle.
To succeed we deliver an indoors (PE) and outdoors (Games) curriculum where they are fully immersed in a range of activities. We support children to compete against themselves and others whilst encouraging and teaching children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as an effective team. We promote children to transfer the school values to the sporting activity, ensuring they adhere to the principles of fairness, respect and display good sportsmanship.
Finally, as a school, we want to teach children skills to keep themselves safe. We recognise swimming is an important life skill; therefore, we aspire for all children to leave primary school being able to swim at least 25 metres.
All of the above is embedded in the heart of our planning, ensuring our objectives align with the National Curriculum. However, it must be reinforced that our curriculum is driven to improve not only the skill and fitness of all children, but their wellbeing through the values and disciplines PE promotes as well as the specific sporting skills taught.
How do we implement our Physical Education curriculum?
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.
How do we assess the impact of our Physical Education curriculum?
At St Margaret’s Church of England Junior School, we ensure out curriculum is inclusive and progressive. We aim to make lessons fun, enjoyable and challenging so that all children can achieve by exposing them to a variety of sports. Through effective implementation of our Physical Education curriculum, our children will:
- Become more independent and resilient
- Take responsibility for their own health and fitness, understanding the importance of exercise
- Enjoy a range of physically demanding activities
- Understand how to compete in competitive sport, enjoying the success / become resilient against loses
- Be equipped with the necessary skills and love for sport
- All pupils understand the values and importance of fair play and being a good sportsperson
- Be given the foundations to grow up to live a happy, healthy life utilising the key skills and knowledge acquired through PE
- Be exposed to specific vocabulary enabling them to develop their PE knowledge
- Have the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular activities as well as intra/inter sports competitions
- Have the opportunity to take part in a Sports Day in the summer term
- Take part in peer and self-reflections to help them evaluate performances throughout their lessons and improve
- Be provided with the skills and given opportunities to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
- Year 6 pupils leave school with the skills to swim 25 metres competently
- To understand that physical activity can help improve their social, emotional and mental health.
We ensure that the children of St Margaret’s develop a love of sport, and physical activity that encourages them to pursue some of these outside of school and in their future life.
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.
What do we cover?
During indoor sessions, every other term, we cover topics such as multi skills, dance, fitness, gymnastics, tri golf and archery.
In our weekly outdoor lessons, we cover invasion games such as football, hockey, netball, basketball and athletics along with striking and fielding games including cricket and rounders.
We also encourage a healthy team building section involving outdoor adventure activities (OAA) such as orienteering where a complex set of clues and markers provide the children with a chance to test their problem solving and strategy skills against their classmates.
Lunch and Afterschool clubs
Lunchtime and after-school clubs are also offered to give the children that extra session to further continue their development.
The clubs that we currently run are football, cricket, hockey, badminton and cross country.
Our regular entry into the Medway Mini-Youth Games has given us the opportunity to test our students’ skill set and ability in a friendly and competitive environment.
The children thoroughly enjoy the responsibility of representing the school and feel a great pride when wearing the school colours.
This opportunity allows them to showcase the skills that they have learnt within their P.E lessons and test those skills against children within Medway.
We have also entered other tournaments such as tri golf, multi skills and also sports hall athletics, which our year 3 and 4 pupils came second in and were given the opportunity to represent Medway at the district competition in Canterbury.
The school also holds a successful and well supported competitive sports day, with a variety of athletic events allowing an opportunity for all to participate in sport in some way. The success has brought new members to a range of teams and clubs both within and out of the school community, it also has shown the commitment and dedication many of the teachers have made towards running clubs within the school.