We believe that physical education (PE) and sport are an integral part of education – equipping children with the skills and knowledge to lead an active and healthy life. All pupils learn about the importance of health and fitness through gymnastics, dance and games, which are taught each term. Year 4 also go swimming. Each class is allocated the dance studio or the hall as well as one of the outdoor sports areas each week. This allows us to provide up to 2 hours of high quality PE per week. We encourage sporting competition whilst ensuring that all children are given opportunities to participate in a range of sports activities and have access to a broad and balanced PE curriculum.
All children must wear the appropriate PE kit on the days they have PE and come to school wearing it. This should include:
- White t-shirt or polo shirt
- Navy blue shorts or navy blue tracksuit bottoms
- Navy blue sweater for cooler weather
- Trainers (we do find that trainers are better for outdoor games than pumps, especially if the ground is wet)
PE Curriculum Intent
Our PE curriculum plays a vital part in our children's physical, cognitive, social and emotional development as well as the role it can play in a child's spiritual, moral and cultural development. PE contributes to the overall education of all children by helping them to lead full and valuable healthy lives through engaging in purposeful and high-quality activity. PE enables children to learn confidence, perseverance, team spirit, positive competitiveness and organisation. Children must engage in a programme of PE that encourages fitness, improves their strength and teaches them the rules of games. PE is an integral part of school practices, allowing all children in the school to gain a sense of achievement and develop positive attitude towards themselves and others. Pupils learn how to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of challenging activities. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their aptitudes, abilities, preference and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity.
Yearly Skills Progression
PE Curriculum Implementation
Our curriculum is built on The Four Cornerstones of Learning - Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. These are four distinct stages that actively promote children's learning and thinking.
The focus for teaching and planning in each Cornerstone is as follows:
Engage – warm up
- Hook learners
- Allow children to lead warm up
- Ask questions to provoke thought and interest
- Use interesting games to spark children’s curiosity
- Teach knowledge to provide depth of understanding
- Review previous skills and tactics
- Demonstrate new skills and tactics
- Enable and assess the application of previously learned skills
- Provide creative opportunities for performing
- Provide imaginative scenarios for creative performances
- Encourage independent and team thinking
- Work in groups and independently to solve problems
- Allow time for consolidation
Express – cool down
- Encourage reflective talk by asking questions
- Provide opportunities for shared evaluation
- Celebrate success
- Identify next steps for learning
At Headfield we provide a range of extra-curricular activities. Clubs run both after school and during lunch times offering a range of opportunities to our children. Most of these clubs run through the year although some of the clubs run for a term and are designed to help develop the skills of the children ready for some of the many competitions we enter against other schools.
Impact of the PE Curriculum
At Headfield we continually evaluate the impact of the PE education we provide to our children. We help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE. The following help identify our strengths as a school and areas to develop so we can adopt or develop our PE curriculum as required:
Sports Leaders At Break and Lunchtimes
We have 10 Sport Leaders in each year group, who are trained each year and they help to make break and lunchtimes even more interesting by helping other children play games sensibly and safely. They also have the responsibility to support the class teacher delivering warm-ups and cool-downs, they are also very helpful when it comes to getting resources ready for their practical lessons.
The government is spending over £450 million on improving the provision of PE and sport in primary schools. As part of the funding we receive from the Government, we have specialist PE coaches who provide high quality PE sessions in school and after school.
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School Games Mark
We have been awarded the Silver Sports mark. This award is in recognition of high quality PE lessons being taught in school and the passion and commitment of both staff and pupils.