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 – to be the best we can be!
We strive to deliver a high-quality physical education curriculum with teaching and learning opportunities which inspire 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 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, this 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 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 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 lessons weekly lessons, one lesson with the class teachers and one sports specific lesson with a team of specialist coaches, during PPA both using the GetSet4PE scheme of work. GetSet4PE ensure fundamental movement skills are taught via non-traditional games and activities which enable all abilities to take part in lessons on a level playing field. Sports specific lessons with coaches also use the GetSet4PE approach and language and encourage children to apply the skills in a range of activities, including but not exclusively restricted to Dance, Gym, Yoga, Fitness, Handball, Tag Rugby, Netball, 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 inter house 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 assists in shaping PE and has helped plan inter house 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.
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.
Key stage 1
Pupils should 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. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be taught to:
- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- perform dances using simple movement patterns.
Key stage 2
Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils should be taught to:
- 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 attacking 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.
Class teachers liaise with coaching staff 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 oversubscribed meaning children are keen to continue refining skills and have developed an enjoyment for being active.
- Lawley Primary School will strive for the Platinum School Games Mark following 4 years at gold 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 implementation 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.