Physical Education Intent
At St. Anne’s, we believe that all children should have access to a high quality, skills-based PE curriculum that ensures all pupils develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to excel in a wide range of physical activities. Our PE curriculum provides opportunities for children of all abilities to access a range of sporting activities on offer and stay physically active for sustained periods of time. We recognise the role that PE has to play in promoting a healthy, active lifestyle and ensure that our PE curriculum is complemented through our PSHE and Science curricula to develop a holistic understanding of healthy living.
To engage children and ensure PE is relevant, St. Anne’s employs its own ‘Director of Sport’ to teach PE to all year groups and swimming to Key Stage 2 classes. This role also enables a range of curriculum and extra-curricular enriching opportunities and inspiration for leading active lives that draws upon the locality. Alongside professional sporting organisations, we have strong links with local secondary schools and engage in competitive and non-competitive activities with other primary schools, thus placing PE in the wider context and building it as lifestyle habit. We celebrate the diverse range of sporting heroes from different backgrounds, sports and communities, so that children can aspire to achieve like others.
In addition, we provide Forest School (EYFS and KS1) and Outdoor Learning (KS2) via a secondary specialist, who further complements this with a weekly Bushcraft Club. Outdoor Education at St. Anne’s follows the programme of the NNAS Outdoor Discovery Award to provide a springboard for the D of E Award at Key Stages 3 and 4.
Throughout their time at St Anne’s, we aim to provide children with the skills, knowledge and values to be able to lead a healthy active life, now and in the future. We strive to ensure children become physically literate by developing the fundamental movement skills in a progressive and age/ability appropriate manner whilst recognising the individual needs of SEND or disadvantaged children. Physical Literacy is universal, which ensures all children within our community are included and have the opportunity to excel physically. PE and sport are used as tools to promote and ensure the school values become embedded within our children to support our vision.
All pupils leaving St. Anne’s physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
We build capability within school and achieve self-sustaining improvement in the quality of PE and sport against the 5 key grant condition indicators:
- the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – kick-starting healthy active lifestyles (Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that primary school children undertake at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day in school)
- the profile of PE and sport being raised across the school as a tool for whole school improvement
- increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- increased participation in competitive sport
Purpose of Study
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives
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
Swimming and water safety
All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.
In particular, pupils should be taught to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations