Physical education at Kidsgrove is well established with talented specialist teachers and sports coaches leading an engaging, ambitious, relevant and nurturing PE curriculum.
We adopt a fundamental movement skills approach to teaching PE, ensuring that our children develop the necessary PE skills that are transferable, so they are confident in secondary school and beyond, in the hope that they become lifelong participators in physical activity. To achieve this, we offer a wide range of physical activity taught as games, gymnastics, swimming and dance.
We guide children to discover the relationship between physical activity and good health. Alongside developing fundamental movement skills, we place our pupils' social and emotional development at the heart of our curriculum.
How we implement our PE curriculum
All children receive at least two hours of PE a week, taught by specialist PE teachers or Sports Coaches. This consists of one lesson per week of curriculum PE plus another lesson of fitness and health.
Core PE and games
The core elements of our Early Years/KS1 PE and games curriculum follow the national curriculum guidance. They are as follows:
Early Years /Key Stage 1
- Develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others.
- Engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and cooperative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
- Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and coordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
- Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
Key Stage 2
The core elements of our KS2 PE and games curriculum follow the national curriculum guidance. They are as follows:
- Enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.
- Develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
- Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
- Play competitive games, modified where appropriate (for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis) and apply basic principles suitable for attaching and defending.
- Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance (for example, through athletics and gymnastics).
- Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
- Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
- Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
KS2 Games Skills
We have highly-experienced, specialist gym coaches. There are three core areas for gymnastic progression in skills. All three elements are taught explicitly and progressively from Early Years to year 6:
- Strength and flexibility
Dance is part of our creative and physical curriculum. Children develop their creative and choreographic skills through a balance of physical exploration and set tasks. Our carefully designed units of work build progressively and ensure children experience the diversity, history and culture of dance around the world and through the ages. Some units of work build on learning in other areas of the curriculum, but many stand alone. The core elements of our dance curriculum are:
- Composition and Performance: Through a range of stimuli children explore their ideas selecting and refining their actions to compose short movement phrases as a solo with partners, small groups or as a whole class.
- Performing: Every lesson involves opportunities to perform. Children develop confidence and self-esteem by celebrating and sharing their work with each other.
- Appreciation: Children observe each other to celebrate their work and to give opportunities to perform regularly, whilst learning from each other. Children give feedback to identify strengths and further improvements, using dance vocabulary.
As part of the Swim England School Swimming and Water Safety Charter, we are supported with resources to complete the three key outcomes set out by the national curriculum and provided with awards for every child after their completion of the swim unit.
- The three key outcomes children are expected to achieve by the end of year six are:
Swimming is taught for an intensive period with hopefully opportunities each year for each class; priority being to KS2.
We are proud that...
- We invest in excellent, experienced specialist teachers and coaches, with high quality training and great sustainable resources, for all areas of PE.
- We hold an exciting and inclusive sports day every year group
- We participate in multiple School Games competitions, festivals, tournaments, leagues and 'friendlies' within our local community.
- We are competition winners across many sports - including dodgeball.
- We offer a wide range of after school sports clubs (run by PE staff as well as external specialist providers) to ensure that we offer a broad range of activities. These clubs change termly and include cricket, netball, dodgeball, gymnastics, football and dance. We offer a mixture of inclusive clubs (open to all) and selective clubs (e.g. for teams, squads and competitions).
- We hold annual disability awareness sports weeks
- We have achieved our Sainsburys Gold Kitemark.
- We work closely and in partnership with BeeActive.