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Physical Education

P.E. Learning Journey

PHYSICAL EDUCATION Policy

 

Aims and Objectives

  • To practise gross motor skills (e.g. catching, throwing, running, hopping, jumping).
  • To encourage children to think tactically in games.
  • To promote positive lifestyle choices outside of school by creating a love of exercise.

 

Approach

Westgate Primary School strives to ensure all children receive a high-quality PE education. Our approach is aimed at giving children a variety of different sports in which to improve their coordination skills, regularly involving competitive games in order to promote thinking tactically. We aim for all children to leave Westgate with the gross motor skills to fully participate in games, understand the important role exercise plays in mental and physical health, and seek out opportunities for extra exercise.

 

Curriculum organisation

Physical Education at Westgate follows the National Curriculum 2014. It is primarily taught through ‘Fitt4Kids’, an organisation which delivers high-quality lessons and that the children thoroughly enjoy. Lessons are organised around a sport, which will be taught for a half term before being changed. This is to allow the children to focus on improving specific skills in an area before moving on. Games throughout the year will reinforce the learning from earlier in the year by utilising the skills practised.

 

EYFS

Physical development within the EYFS framework is one of three prime areas for learning.
The two related early learning goals are:

Expected

  • Moving and handling – Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space.
  • Health and self-care – children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.

Exceeding

  • Moving and handling – Children can confidently hop and skip in time to music.
  • Health and self-care – Children know about and can make healthy choices in relation to healthy eating and exercise. They can dress and undress independently, successfully managing fastening buttons or laces.

Children access a range of daily activities to develop their fine and gross motor skills and have access to a dedicated outside area. In addition to this, they also have a weekly PE lesson.

 

Key Stage 1

  • The PE programmes of work have been adapted to meet the needs of each individual class and are supplemented with ideas and activities from other sources. The schemes are in accordance with the current National Curriculum guidelines.
  • Lessons are blocked in units of work to promote greater depth of understanding, developing skills, contextual application of these skills and the ability to perform reflectively.
  • The children receive two hours of PE each week, with a mixture of class teacher input and specialist coaching.

Key Stage 2

  • The PE programmes of work have been adapted to meet the needs of each individual class and are supplemented with ideas and activities from other sources. The schemes are in accordance with the current National Curriculum guidelines.
  • Lessons are blocked in units of work to promote greater depth of understanding, developing skills, contextual application of these skills and the ability to perform reflectively.
  • The children receive two hours of PE each week across the year, delivered by specialist coaches. One of these sessions is focussed on the skills and coordination in sports whilst the other is focussed on alternative aspects of a sporting lifestyle (such as calorie intake and how a heart rate will fluctuate).
  • During the summer term, all of Key Stage 2 travel to a local cricket pitch to practise athletics-based skills and a game which requires larger spaces (e.g. long-distance running and cricket). This is delivered by the teachers.
  • In Years 3-5, children will have 30-minute swimming lessons for two half-terms where they will be taught by qualified instructors. In Year 6, children have access to the ‘Kick 25’ program. This is aimed at giving a targeted group an intervention in order to ensure they can swim 25 metres unaided.
  • Children in Years 5 and 6 participate in ‘Huff and Puff’; the children lead games for younger years. This is designed to promote leadership skills, encourage a more active lunchtime and promote a love of PE.
  • In Year 6, we have ‘Sports Leaders’, who engage children in physical activity.
  • In Year 6 we have ‘Sports Ambassadors’ who receive training so that they can support events being run by the Warwickshire Sports Partnership across the Central Area.

 

Resources (including visits)

  • Access to St Nicholas Leisure Centre for swimming – 3 x 30 minutes weekly for two half terms (approximately 12 weeks).
  • Access to Warwick Cricket Club during the summer term – 1 x afternoon weekly for two half terms.
  • Access to Warwick Cricket Club for Sport’s Day
  • PE equipment (e.g. rackets, various balls, bibs, cones)
  • Safety equipment (e.g. mats)
  • Aylesford Athletics competition – 1 event per year.
  • Edmondscote Athletics competition (Final for Aylesford Area Athletics) – 1 event per year.
  • Primary Schools Football League – 4 tournaments per year.
  • Bicycle safety training.
  • KS1 Infant Agility competition.
  • KS2 Rowing competition.
  • KS2 Tennis competition.
  • Sports Leaders running local events across KS1 and KS2.

 

Inclusion and Equal Opportunities

All learners are given equal opportunities to participate in PE. Lessons will provide high-quality experiences that are suitably challenging for all pupils so that they are able to improve and develop their skills. Children will undertake different activities, but will all be given the same opportunity to achieve the aims through an appropriate range of activities. Activities are differentiated to ensure everyone can improve their skills regardless of their starting point. For children with limited gross motor skills, the integrity of activities will be maintained and expectations will take into account the individual needs of pupils. Class teachers will ensure that spare PE kit is available for any occasional circumstances where a child does not have their own in school. The teacher’s understanding of the needs of each child allows them to tailor their delivering to provide support or challenge for individuals so that they are able to improve their performance. For the purposes of competitions, we aim to give as many children as possible the opportunity to represent Westgate Primary School. We regularly signpost clubs, both inside and outside of school, that the children could attend to further develop their skills.

 

Assessing, Recording and Monitoring

End of term assessments are carried out by the subject leader, Fitt4Kids employees and the swimming instructors to ensure an accurate representation of skills. This is mainly carried out through observations and discussion with children. A photographic record is sometimes used to document the children’s work. Physical development levels and progress are recorded by the EYFS teachers for each child for inclusion in their learning journal. Depending on the topic, this could be an assessment at the start and end of a topic to allow a direct comparison (such as a Bleep test). Subject leaders carry out a range of monitoring activities as detailed in the Teaching and Learning Policy. Physical Education / physical development is included as part of the end of year reports to parents.

 

Safety

  • All staff have due regard for the current Association for Physical Education (AfPE) PE guidance 2012 when preparing and delivering PE lessons.
  • Pupils are taught how to improve their own abilities to assess risks.
  • First aid equipment is available, and all staff are trained in what action to take, including calling for assistance in the event of an accident.
  • Inhalers for pupils suffering from asthma are made readily accessible.
  • All apparatus is regularly inspected for damage and repaired/replaced where appropriate.
  • Any items constituting a danger are taken out of use immediately.
  • The subject leader makes termly visual checks for wear and tear and security of major items, and all staff are responsible for reporting to the subject leader if any items show wear and tear.
  • The indoor and outdoor equipment is also inspected by Sports Safe and any defects are addressed instantly or equipment is removed from use until repairs have been made.
  • Pupils are taught how to move and use apparatus safely under the supervision of a teacher or responsible adult.
  • Pupils are made aware of safe practice and understand the need for safety when undertaking any activity (e.g. not lifting hockey sticks above the waist, not jumping or running in front of others, etc).
  • Pupils are taught to understand the safety risks involved in wearing inappropriate clothing, footwear or jewellery and other body piercings.
  • Teachers ensure that no jewellery is worn in lessons and long hair should be tied back. If earrings cannot be taken out, they are taped over.
  • Pupils wear suitable footwear when travelling to and from the hall.
  • If a child has no trainers/pumps for outdoor PE they use their shoes if the activities are on the playground.
  • In some activities, children will require safety mats. The teacher gives clear instructions about the safe transportation and use of the mats.
  • Use of the climbing apparatus is restricted to a safe height with clear markers.
  • Teachers will support children in some activities to ensure their safety (e.g. somersaults).
  • In each lesson, children are given clear instructions on the teacher’s expectations.
  • Any unsafe behaviour will result in the child observing other children showing safe behaviour until they are ready to act safely.
  • All trips are risk assessed by the EVC and approved by the head teacher.

 

Administration Arrangements for Extra Curricula Sporting Events

  • The School Office Admin Assistant liaises with teachers/support staff and sports coaches to arrange After school clubs/ Holiday Sports clubs/ attendance of teams at External Sporting competitions.
  • Where necessary the office liaises with the Educational Visits Co-ordinator to ensure that the appropriate paperwork is completed.

 

School Sports Premium

  • The school has a detailed plan to improve the quality of PE provision for all pupils. This is updated termly and reviewed by Governors. The plan includes an overview of sports premium spending and a review of the impact of the allocated funds.

 

 

Date ratified by Performance and Standards Committee: June 2020

Next review date: June 2023 (every 3 years)

 

Associated Policies

SEN

Learning and Teaching (for roles and responsibilities of teachers and subject leaders)

Equal Opportunities

Assessment

P.E. Policy to download

P.E. Long Term Plan

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