High-quality physical education in the Lord Street curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. PE provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. 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. This is why we have a highly qualified and experienced Sports Coach to work alongside our teachers to deliver an outstanding physical education.
Our ARC Values play a fundamental part in our PE curriculum and are referred to often in lessons. The opportunities provided to compete in sports and other activities build character and help to embed values such as Ambition, Respect and Collaboration.
A sportsperson needs:
- To have understanding and respect for rules
- The desire to improve and compete
- Etiquette – ‘Spirit of the game’
At Lord Street, we aim to create sportsmen and women of the future. Children will recognise the qualities that make some people successful athletes and aim to use them to develop their own character and skills. Lord Street will ensure that children receive high quality physical education to improve their fitness, stamina and skills alongside regular opportunities to engage in physical activity. Children will have opportunities to compete in sports competitions to feel a sense of personal success in an atmosphere of healthy competition. We want our children to increase their fitness levels, be creative, co-operative and competitive, and learn valuable lessons about teamwork, 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.
Our curriculum has been designed and sequenced so that PE is taught every week building upon skills, knowledge and vocabulary. Our curriculum is underpinned by our three key concepts:
- Lead a healthy lifestyle
Our Year 1 PE curriculum builds directly upon the skills and knowledge the children have gained during their time in the Early Years Foundation Stage. In the 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. All of these skills enable children to meet their Early Learning Goal - Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
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 as 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 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. In addition, there are opportunities throughout the academic year to participate in a wide range of trust events. This enables all children to participate with their peers from other schools within the Pennine Trust.
Our newly formed tracking portal ensures individual progress is tracked from EYFS to year 6. Teachers assess and monitor the progress of each individual easily within the curriculum whilst coordinators can track children's levels of participation and competition in extra-curricular clubs, events and competitions. In addition, we evidence children’s progress in Physical Education through pictures and video which are showcased on our school website and Twitter page. Subject leaders will carry out regular deep dives, which include lesson drop ins, pupil interviews and evidence looks to measure the impact of our teaching, based on how many children can remember and demonstrate.