“Physical fitness is not only the most important key to a healthy body; it is the basis of creative, dynamic, intellectual ability”
John F Kennedy.
Why we teach PE
At Colliers Green we recognise the vital contribution of physical education (PE) to a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development, as well as the role it can play in relation to a child’s spiritual, moral and cultural development. PE is an integral part of the curriculum to be enjoyed by all children. It is a real opportunity for both teachers and children to consolidate and work on the values that underpin every aspect of school life.
The Aims of our PE Curriculum
It is the intention of the school to provide a broad and balanced PE curriculum to aid and increase children’s self-confidence in relation to their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations.
The aim is to cater for the different strengths, needs and preferences of each child by using differentiated activities (where appropriate) consisting of individual paired and group activities. Through the variety of opportunities that PE offers children can develop a sense of personal achievement, fair play, teamwork and an understanding of the ways in which sport can transcend social and cultural boundaries. A range of activities will therefore be provided with a broad base of movement knowledge, skills and understanding, which children can refine and expand throughout their primary school years.
Children of all abilities will be encouraged to join clubs and organisations with the aim of extending their interest and involvement in sport. We will also encourage children to develop their creative and expressive abilities, through improvisation and problem-solving.
Through the Government Funding for Sport, the School will, where possible, provide opportunities for both pupils and teachers to work with and alongside PE specialists and sports coaches. The aim is to enhance specialist and coaching facilities and to develop the skills and expertise of staff to provide better coaching, mentoring and advice to pupils across the whole PE and sport spectrum. Spending will be reviewed and published on the school website.
Specific Aims in Relation to Social, Emotional and Cognitive Development
Participation in PE and sport have other additional benefits which should help to:
- Develop a love of physical exercise.
- Develop the ability to work independently and communicate with, and respond appropriately towards.
- Develop confidence in skills and abilities.
- Promote an understanding of safe practice, and develop a sense of responsibility for the safety of others.
- Develop a sense of fair play.
- Develop decision making and problem solving skills.
- Develop reasoning skills and the ability to make judgements.
- Enable performance evaluation and the ability to act upon constructive criticism.
Spiritual, Moral and Cultural development
Developing a positive attitude generally is not simply about celebrating sporting success and learning to lose well; but also encouraging children always to do their very best regardless of their ability; praising progress and achievement in a way that does not cause fear or upset for lack of performance or failure; and treating teammates, opponents and referees with respect. Essentially, using every opportunity to maintain and raise self-esteem all round.
How we teach PE
Different experiences for different age groups will ensure all pupils will be exposed to a range of appropriate challenges as they move through the school so that they:
- Develop physical competence and confidence by acquiring and developing a range of fine and gross motor skills.
- Become aware of the different shapes and movements that can be made with the body.
- Develop knowledge, skills and understanding, and the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions with increasing control and accuracy.
- Become aware of the benefits of a fit and healthy lifestyle by understanding the effects of exercise on the body and the importance of developing strength, endurance and flexibility.
- Appreciate of the value of safe exercising.
In the Reception Class, opportunities will be provided for children to be active and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement through moving and handling activities which involve the use of a range of equipment and involve different spatial experiences.
Structured lessons and opportunities for outdoor physical activity will last at least 2 hours each week.
Pupils in both KS1 and KS2 will engage in lessons of high quality PE each week. In KS1 the curriculum focuses on fundamental movement skills to develop agility, balance and co-ordination. Curriculum content includes ball skills and team games, gymnastic and dance activities.
At KS2 pupils will continue to apply and develop a range of skills and units of work which include a range of invasion, net/wall, and fielding and striking