At Lord Street, we recognise the role that Physical Education plays in promoting a healthy, balanced lifestyle, establishing healthy habits for our children that they can take with them into the future. We want our children to increase their fitness levels, be creative, co-operative and competitive, and learn valuable lessons about responsibility and self-discipline. Many of the positive attributes acquired through Physical Education can be applied beyond the school context: problem-solving, leadership, teamwork, fair play and honesty, to name but a few. We want our children to recognise these characteristics and become fitter, stronger and healthier as a result of their PE lessons, taking their skills, knowledge and enjoyment into all areas of their life.
Children at Lord Street each receive 2 hours of curriculum time for Physical Education on a weekly basis. Each year group has two PE sessions a week, both delivered by the class teacher. The children work closely with their teacher, building up positive working relationships and learning how to develop and refine their own knowledge, skills and tactics across a wide range of sports and activities.
In EYFS, children are given a wide range of opportunities, both indoor and outdoor, to develop their core strength, stability, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. They are given repeated opportunities to develop their gross and fine motor skills and to develop proficiency and control, through games, small world activities, arts and crafts and the use of small tools.
In Key Stage 1, pupils are provided with opportunities to continue this development of their fundamental movement skills, including their agility, balance and co-ordination. We recognise the importance of these key areas in producing confident and competent sports men and women of the future, as they are the core elements essential for all sports and physical activity. The curriculum for Key Stage 1 covers a range of sports, including target games, striking and fielding games, athletics, dance and gymnastics.
In Key Stage 2, pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of technical skills within the areas of running, jumping, throwing and catching, and striking. They begin to take part in competitive games, including familiar sports such as football, athletics, cricket and hockey, as well as less well-known activities such as handball and tag rugby. The skills needed for these sports are developed progressively from Year 3 to Year 6, and are applied in competitive games, gymnastics, or dance performances using movement patterns. Children are actively encouraged to assess and evaluate their own and others’ work, allowing them to take ownership of their progress and next steps. This embedded ethos of reflection, collaboration and collegiality is another aspect of PE supporting the positive wellbeing of our pupils.