At Pudsey Lowtown Primary School we believe that physical Education (PE) contributes to the health and well-being of all our children. PE is taught in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment which has a positive effect on concentration, attitude and academic achievement. A varied PE curriculum is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health. Additionally, we want all our children to develop a lifelong love of being active and keeping healthy.
We intend to deliver high quality teaching and learning to give children the opportunity to succeed in physical education and attain crucial life skills. We intend to teach children to work as part of a team in collaboration with each other and to work cooperatively in a fair and honest manner. We also want to teach children essential safety skills such as learning to swim. Our varied curriculum aims to improve the well-being and fitness of all children not only through the physical aspect but also through the values and disciplines that PE promotes.
PE at Pudsey Lowtown Primary provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; gymnastics, dance, invasion games, net and wall games, strike and field games, swimming and outdoor adventurous.
The long term plan sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures the national curriculum objectives are met. Pupils in years 1-6 participate in 2 hours of PE each week which takes place over one afternoon. Children in EYFS have 1 hour of timetabled PE and work on physical development skills taken from Development Matters but also utilise these skills within areas of provision throughout the school day.
We made the decision that children should come to school in their PE kit on their PE day so as to save time in relation to changing clothes, therefore ensuring children participate in 2 full hours of PE each week. PE afternoons are split into 2 sessions lasting 1 hour each and will consist of 2 separate sporting disciplines.
Children in year 4 attend swimming lessons throughout the year at the local leisure centre. This session incorporates a 30-minute walk to and from the venue which ensures their 2 hours of PE is still met.
In addition to PE sessions children are invited to attend a varied range of extra-curricular activities which take place after school and at lunchtime.
Children are also invited to participate in competitive sporting events in the local area. These events have an inclusive approach and encourage children of all abilities to experience an element of competition against other schools in the area. All events are thoroughly enjoyed by children and develop teamwork and leadership skills as well as promoting physical development and mental well-being.
Each year, a number of children in year 5 and 6 are invited to take on the role as school sports leaders. The role entails the children becoming excellent sporting role models to the rest of the school, running ‘active lunchtimes’ and attending regular meetings with the PE Leader. These meetings give the sports leaders the opportunity to discuss and share ideas on how active lunchtimes are working and if there are any suggestions they would like to make to improve this provision.
In addition, each class participates in activity breaks throughout the day to help meet the government target of children being physically active for at least 60 minutes a day as well as helping children to re-focus their concentration in between learning sessions and has a particular impact on SEND children.
At the start of each unit, prior knowledge is discussed and activities such as ‘show me what you know’ will take place so that teachers can assess children’s ability. At the end of each unit children are assessed against objectives taught throughout the unit. Teacher judgement will then be recorded on a PE tracker that will show the progress of the children during the year.
The number of children who have attended competitive events and participated in extra-curricular activities will also be recorded on a tracker. This system is in place to ensure as many children as possible have the opportunity to participate in these activities.
We help children to feel motivated to participate in a range of sports through challenging, engaging and fun quality teaching. We hope that children will take responsibility in ensuring they are physically active, fit and healthy.
All children who compete in sporting events (whether competitive or not) are celebrated in school assemblies and on the weekly school newsletter. We instil a love for sport within children and equip them with the necessary skills to participate in physical activity beyond primary school.
Pupils from Pudsey Lowtown Primary School will hopefully grow up to lead happy, heathy and physically active lives using the essential knowledge and skills they have acquired through PE.