St Elisabeth’s CE Primary School is situated in the top 25% of deprived areas in England and we work with children who have a limited experience of the wider world. This has been at the forefront when designing our Science Curriculum, to tackle the effects of deprivation, opening our children’s eyes to natural curiosity and wonder of the modern world we live in.
The National Curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils :
- develop competence to excel in abroad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy and active lifestyles
Intent – why we teach what we teach
At St Elisabeth’s we aim to inspire all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport. Through good physical education, whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best.
We believe that pupils should have a range of experiences where they are involved in physical activity. We believe pupils should participate and become increasingly confident in
- a range of activities such as gymnastics, games and dance
- extra-curricular clubs such as street dance, multi-skills, football and hula hooping
- competitions within school and within the local area
- outdoor learning where pupils develop their fine motor skills along with running and climbing
- an awareness of a healthy lifestyle including the benefits of exercise both physically and mental well-being
- teamwork, leadership and communication, fairness and respect
- evaluating and improving their own and peers’ skills
We aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all children to have the skills and mindset to leave primary school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond. We strive to educate both our children and families to develop a greater understanding on how to live healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices.
We are dedicated to ensuring healthy minds, as well as bodies and will continue to support our children's well-being. We continue to develop links with local clubs and partnerships within our community to ensure the children and families receive the support and knowledge they need.
Implementation – how we teach what we teach
At St Elisabeth’s CE Physical Education (PE) is taught from nursery to year six in twice-weekly PE sessions. We follow the Get Set for P.E scheme from Nursery to Year 6.
The EYFS curriculum, PE is covered in the Physical Development Early Learning Goals. Children in our Nursery and Reception have the opportunity to complete fine and gross motor activities in a range of high-quality learning areas both indoors and outdoors. During this continuous provision time children are able to develop fundamental skills and master basic movements which will assist them with their overall development. Children in EYFS also participate PE sessions.
In Key Stage 1 the lessons are taught by the class teacher or a specialist teacher. During these lessons, children will have opportunities to participate and perform in a range of physical activities. In Key Stage 2 the lessons are also taught by class teachers or a specialist teacher and children learn how to continue to apply and develop their broad range of skills.
Children in KS2 to participate in swimming lessons at the local baths.
Year 3 take part in Forest School to support transition into KS2. At Forest School children participate to develop their communication and understanding of how taro improve in different physical activities. The children take part in outdoor and adventurous activity that challenges them individually and within a team. The children play a range of collaborative and individual games which support and develop their physical skills as well as tactics that support team games.
The children in KS2, pre and post covid, participate in competitions in the area: basketball, football, netball and dodgeball.
Year 6 have an annually residential trip in which they undertake a series of physical and challenging activities including assault course, high ropes course, climbing wall, canoeing, archery, raft building. This allows children to develop a broader range of skills and enables them how to use them in different ways.
As part of our staff’s own professional development we also work with First 11 Sports Coaching and Rising Stars Dance Academy.
Impact – how we measure what we teach
The impact of this PE curriculum is to enable children to flourish in physical activity as we as foster characteristics such as fairness and respect. We are confident that all pupils will be enriched by the PE curriculum so that they can confidently use their acquired skills and knowledge, such as communication and collaboration, to become positive, active members in their families, friendships and communities. The children’s learning journey in PE is assessed each term using the current assessment framework and reported on formally to parents at the end of each academic year. Work is recorded through foundation subject tracking which highlights skills pupils have acquired and improved on, together with photographic/video evidence. Children are individually challenged in lessons, so they reach their potential.
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At St Elisabeth's, we offer and enrichment PE curriculum in addition to the core PE sessions. Reception to Year 6 have the opportunity to participate in hoopla hooping, football, multi skills and street dance.
Children also have the opportunity for active playtimes and lunchtimes. Staff and playground leaders train children in year 5 to offer a range of active games. Year 6 also have the opportunity to participate in a lunchtime sports club led by coaches.
During the summer term, sports days are held for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 covering traditional sporting activities however the focus during these events is participation and enjoyment.
We also participate in a national scheme called 'Walk to School', National Fitness Day and and Health Eating Week. To support children's positive wellbeing, sporting activity plays a big part of wellbeing week.