Long Row Primary and Nursery School
Physical Education Policy
Long Row Primary School
Physical Education Policy – Updated June 2020
At Long Row Primary School we recognise the importance of providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education (PE). Through PE, children acquire not only physical skills, knowledge and understanding, but also the awareness and importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and the importance of physical activity. PE embeds the values of sportsmanship, fairness and respect. We hope that, through the sporting opportunities and physical activity we offer, the children will develop a love and passion for sport and continue this into their later lives.
PE activities are built upon the prior learning of the children. While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in each activity area, there is progression planned into the scheme of work, so that the children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school.
Pupils in both KS1 and KS2 will engage in two lessons of high quality PE each week, while children in the EYFS will engage in one structured PE lesson weekly.
In the EYFS, children focus on the 3 C’s (control, coordination and confidence). This is delivered to them through their curriculum, of which physical development is a prime area of learning and is recognised as fundamental to support development in all other areas. All children have the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills; both gross and fine motor.
In KS1, children focus on the 5 C’s (coordination, confidence, competence, cooperation and challenge). They develop fundamental movement skills through a broad range of opportunities.
In KS2, children focus on the 8 c’s (coordination, confidence, competence, cooperation, challenge, communication, collaboration and competition). They build on the skills taught in KS1, developing a broader range of skills and begin link these together to make actions and sequences of movement.
Swimming lessons are compulsory for all children in Year 3 and 4. Lessons are provided by the local authority employed swimming coaches alongside class teachers. They will be held at Belper leisure Centre. Any child who is unable to swim 25m by the end of year 4 will continue to receive extra swimming lessons until they can meet the criteria.
Teaching, Learning and Planning
Class teachers have the responsibility for planning, following the ‘Do, Think, Feel’ scheme of work. Schemes of work used to support the teaching of PE in school provide clear lesson objectives, success criteria, coaching tips and ideas for differentiation and assessment. They encourage pupils to be as active as possible throughout the lesson and include warm ups and cool downs. Skill development and games promote a competitive approach, and questions promote thinking about physical, social and emotional development.
In all classes, children have a wide range of physical ability. Whilst recognising this fact, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies:
· Setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of results (e.g. timed events, such as balancing on one leg)
· Setting tasks of increasing difficulty
· Grouping children by ability, and setting different tasks for each group (e.g. different games)
· Providing a range of challenge through the provision of different resources (e.g. different gymnastics equipment).
The process of assessment is continuous and is used to recognise and record achievements using the following methods:
· Pupil/teacher discussion
· Pupil self-assessment reviews of their work.
· PE ‘Do, Think, Feel’ assessment grids completed by class teachers which follow each year groups National Curriculum objectives of PE.
Our school provides a range of PE-related activities for both KS1 and KS2 children at the beginning and end of the school day. These activities are led by specialist sports coaches and different members of school staff. All activities on offer encourage children to further develop their skills in a range of the activity areas. The school also plays regular fixtures against other local schools and enters several competitions organised by Amber Valley School Sports Partnership. This introduces a competitive element to team games, and allows the children to put into practice the skills that they have developed in their lessons. These opportunities foster a sense of team spirit and cooperation amongst our children. Participation and success is celebrated in assemblies.
Health and Safety
Children should only refrain from physical activity during PE lessons on health grounds, if their parents/carers request this, either by direct contact with the school or in a note to their teacher. However, they may be included in a different role during the lesson such as an evaluator, scorer, coach etc.
We encourage the children to consider their own safety and the safety of others at all times. In order to minimise risk or injury:
The Sports Premium
The sports premium is used to support the school to meet the objectives laid out in our action plan. It enables us to affiliate with Amber Valley School Sports Partnership, who provide our school with professional sports coaching, curricular support, competitive opportunities, extra-curricular activities and training for staff. The expenditure is posted annually on the school website and also to the school governors.