At Our Lady’s Primary School, we know that P.E. is an integral part of our curriculum. We believe that the subject inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in physically-demanding activities and helps them to become confident in a way which supports their health and fitness throughout their lives. Therefore, we believe that our children should be physically active every day, whether through Daily Physical Activity, P.E. lessons, lunchtimes or extra-curricular activities. We also believe that children should have the opportunity to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as team-work, fairness and respect. Progression in P.E. will be assessed throughout each key stage through observations and where possible regular video recordings in different areas of the PE curriculum. An age-related assessment will be given to parents/carers through annual reports.
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.
In 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 coordination, 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.
In 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 and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending (*competitive games include; basketball, netball, football, hockey, tag rugby, volleyball, tennis, badminton, rounders and cricket. these will be modified games where appropriate.);
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance;
- 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.
In Year 4, the children will be given swimming lessons by qualified instructors. During their lessons, they will be taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres using a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke. The children who do not meet the 25m expectation will be given additional swimming lessons in Year 4. In Year 5 & 6, children participate in a range of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities which promotes collaboration, problem-solving and a positive attitude to physical activity.