The wellbeing of our whole school community is at the heart of our ethos at Kidsgrove Primary School. We aim for all pupils, families, and members of staff to progress as positive, empowered, productive and healthy members of our local and wider community. Physical Education, School Sport and LOtC (Learning Outside the Classroom) plays a powerful role in this intent for we believe in the aide adage, ‘healthy body - healthy mind.’
Humans are physical beings and it is of increasing importance in our rapidly changing world that we maintain and nurture an awareness of our own bodies and of the physical world around us through encouraging active lifestyles, balanced diets, and healthy attitudes.
The school believes that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and wellbeing. A broad and balanced physical education curriculum is intended to provide for pupils’ increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations. Progressive learning objectives, combined with sympathetic and varied teaching approaches, endeavour to provide stimulating, enjoyable, satisfying and appropriately challenging learning experiences for all pupils.
The School’s aims for Physical Education have been developed in connection with the aims of the Physical Education National Curriculum:
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
are physically active for sustained periods of time
engage in competitive sports and activities
lead healthy, active lives.
Physical Education is not constrained within its timetabled curriculum time but lives within our daily routines and is owned and driven by pupils, families and staff. We provide a blended range of experiences to the children, designed to be inclusive and challenging to all.
Provision of physical education
aThe school provides all pupils with high quality Physical Education within all classes with support from Bee Active. Units of work are appropriately linked, and each class has a timetabled slot so that they can have access to the hall.
All pupils take part in the Run4Fun or Walk&Talk. The outdoor play area is also available to support all Physical Education learning & activity.
Within lesson time we have two mechanisms for learning. First, we use Bee Active sports coaches because of their high quality and comprehensively resourced approach. Second, we introduce and train the children in formal and informal competitive games, including associated attitudes and behaviour, timed to provide regular opportunities for both intra and inter-school tournaments.
Young Leadership and pupil-driven learning is intrinsic to PE at Kidsgrove Primary School. Within lessons pupils work together from Reception - communicating, challenging, and evaluating their own and each other’s development.
Our Sports Leaders have ownership of annual charity events such as Sports Relief and supporting the planning of sports weeks and annual sports days. To expand horizons, we are building links with local clubs, from ‘traditional’ sports like cricket, football, tennis, dancing, and rugby, to more diverse ones such as disability sports, climbing, orienteering and martial arts.
These commitments enforce the links between our physical and mental wellbeing, as well as the personal and social impacts of fun, challenge, and healthy activity. We strive for our pupils to engage with the world in which they live, to care for it, and ultimately, to care for themselves within it.
Lessons are structured so that there are discrete teaching sessions each week aimed at physical development along with continuous provision activities for gross and fine motor skills. The PE lessons are aimed at the Desirable Outcomes and Early Learning Goals.
The timetable and scheme of work is centrally planned by the PE lead in conjunction with Bee ACtive. Planning is carried out at 3 levels:
Long Term Planning (scheme of work – using PE Hub) to ensure continuity and progression
Medium term (Half termly/ Unit plans)
Short term – Weekly planning sheets
Year 3/4 has opportunities to develop their swimming skills. Information on progress, assessment of attainment is provided by the swimming teacher in consultation with class teachers / support staff. Opportunities for ‘catch-up’ swimming in Key Stage 2 are offered if children are unable to swim 25 metres by the end of year 6.
All children should:
Tie long hair back
Wear appropriate footwear for the lesson (or where appropriate have bare feet)
Have appropriate kit for the lesson
Wear shin pads for football
Make sure all clothing is tucked in and safe
Remove all jewellery
Respond to the whistle or teacher commands
Recognise health and safety considerations within the area they are working
Recognise the need to work in a safe space and not take risks with height.
Out of School Hours Learning (OSHL)
The school offers a wide range of after school activities. These are open to any pupil in the school.
Pupils are all encouraged to compete in local tournaments and competitions, such as Cluster Sports Days, football matches, Cross country tournaments.
Our approach aims to result in:
Pupils completing primary school, able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively, and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Pupils who are agile, balanced, and coordinated, and comfortable, confident and creative with their skills.
Pupils who possess the ability, experience, and attitude to engage in, to lead and to officiate in competitive events; they exemplify the spirits of the games - honesty, self-belief, determination, passion, teamwork and respect.
Pupils who understand the link between physical health, mental health and healthy lifestyles.
Pupils who can apply their learning to new situations, who can challenge and support both themselves and others, who can innovate and who can simplify, who value their mistakes, who can analyse performance, and who can articulate their thinking.
Within the experience of Physical Education, School Sport and LOtC are priceless opportunities for challenge, enjoyment, passion, reflection and for learning that can benefit a child for life. This is our driver.