Physical Education at Lawley Primary School
Our school vision
The whole school community at Lawley have high expectations for our children, and strive to ensure they leave school as confident, polite and independent young people, with the appropriate skills, values and learning to become successful in whatever their future will be. We aspire to instil in all our children a desire to never stop learning and to have the courage to succeed in whatever they do, across all areas of school life and beyond. At Lawley we are ‘Planting the seeds, growing the future.’
Led by Bridgitte Jones
At Lawley Primary School, we firmly believe that Physical Education should be experienced in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment that helps our children understand that to be successful, not just in sport but in all areas of learning and life, you must work hard, show resilience, have determination and be prepared to practise things time and time again in order to get better and improve – we aim to give pupils the courage to succeed to be the best we can be!
We strive to deliver a high-quality physical education curriculum with teaching and learning opportunities which inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities for sustained periods of time, both in and out of school and help them develop and establish good, physical health habits for their future. We aim to teach children how to co-operate and collaborate with others in a team to achieve a common goal, as well as understanding the values of fairness, respect, resilience and sportsmanship.
We recognise the importance of swimming as a life-saving skill and aim to help all children achieve the goal of being able to swim 25 metres before they leave us in year 6.
Lawley Primary School uses the GetSet4PE approach to teaching PE. By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study as specified in the National Curriculum.
GetSet4PE focuses on the importance of developing sound fundamental movement skills alongside multi-ability skills such as personal and social skills enabling children to apply these skills to any game or activities. GetSet4PE ensures fundamental movement skills are developed progressively and uses clear steps of progression at every level. Teachers and Sports Coaches use set resources to support their teaching.
Lawley Primary School has a curriculum map which sets out when the GetSet4PE units are covered and which sports are introduced. Sports are mainly taught during their season so that they can directly link to clubs and competitive opportunities.
The language of ‘personal best’ is used so that all children can achieve in a lesson no matter what level of physical skills that they have.
PE is taught through two weekly lessons, one lesson with the class teachers and one with a Sports Coach both using the GetSet4PE scheme of work. GetSet4PE ensures fundamental movement skills are taught and practised within games and activities which enable all abilities to take part in lessons on a level playing field. The lessons from GetSet4PE approach encourages children to apply the skills and language needed in a range of activities, including but not exclusively restricted to Dance, Gym, Yoga, Fitness, Handball, Tag Rugby, Hockey, Cricket, Athletics, OAA and Swimming.
Lawley Primary School provides a wide range of after-school clubs. They are open to all children and clubs are often oversubscribed. These provide opportunities for the children to participate in a range of activities and develop their skills further. Pupil Premium children may access one club every half term without any cost implications.
All children have the opportunity to take part in competitive sport through our competition schedule. We run interhouse competitions during PE lessons along with a ‘personal best challenge’ where everyone has the chance to beat their own scores as well as being competitive against others. As a school, we subscribe to Telford and Wrekin Sports Partnership, which provides many additional opportunities for our children; we partake in numerous competitions, leagues and festivals against other schools via this partnership.
The school Sports Ambassadors assist in shaping PE and help plan interhouse competitions such as Sports Day and events to raise money for school.
Teachers and coaching staff use their professional judgement to observe children over the period of each half term. They use assessment strands, which include demonstrating fundamental movements in isolation and also applying to sports and physical activities, to make a judgement based within age-related expectations, above or below at the end of each half-term.
Class teachers liaise with Sports Coaches to measure the progress made by our children through discussions with them about their PE lessons and by observing their ability to complete tasks independently or with support. We also note the following:
- Pupils enjoy being active and are keen to take part in lessons.
- The profile and expectations of PE and school sport continues to be high.
- Teams continue to perform well at all Telford and Wrekin School Partnership events.
- Pupils are eager to represent the school at events and competition for team places remains high.
- Pupils’ fundamental movement skills continue to improve with more confident and physically skilled pupils overall.
- After school clubs remain popular and some oversubscribed meaning children are keen to continue refining skills and have developed an enjoyment for being active.
- Lawley Primary School will continue to work to maintain the Platinum School Games Mark for its commitment to PE and school sport.
- We will continue to make good use of the School Sports Premium and use it to raise the profile and provision of PE.
The impact of this curriculum ensures that when children leave Lawley Primary School, they are motivated to participate in a variety of sports, learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness and are equipped 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.