Physical Education (PE)
At Earlsmead Primary School, we recognise the importance of PE and the benefits children gain from taking part in a form of physical activity. We offer a diverse and inclusive curriculum with high quality PE and sport provision. Our planning follows the national curriculum outcomes and is adapted to meet the needs of our wonderful children. This will support all to become active, well-rounded citizens with a love of physical activity. Our school’s motto, ‘Success for All’, can be achieved through offering our children real sporting experiences through a variety of sports and also giving them the opportunity to represent Earlsmead across the borough. Through our teaching of PE, skills such as sportsmanship, respect and fairness are taught, sought and caught in a competitive way. Most importantly, the skills that pupils gain in PE are coherently sequenced to build on what has been taught before.
At Earlsmead Primary School, we make sure that all children participate in two hours of PE with quality first teaching a week. One session will be inside, focusing on gymnastics and dance alongside a few other indoor sports; the other session is outdoors, focusing on children's fine and gross motor skills, teamwork and fundamental skills through competitive sports.
We employ a full-time sports coach to ensure that our sports provision is of the very highest quality.
Other things that we do to provide opportunities for more physical exercise are as follows:
- Daily Mile.
- Swimming for year 3 and 4.
- Break and lunchtime provision.
- Extracurricular activities.
- Chances to take part in competitions inside and outside of school.
- Sports Day.
- Linking with outside agencies to provide further opportunities.
Inclusion is very important to us, so we make sure that whatever skill is being taught, there are opportunities for our children to challenge themselves or make things more accessible if it is too difficult.
Having fun and inclusive PE lessons will engage all of our children into taking part in physical activity, which will improve brain functioning, allowing children to retain information better. This will help our children with their learning inside the classroom as well as in their PE lessons.
Children's work in PE is reviewed through POP (Proof Of Progress) quizzes at the start of each lesson. This is to check the knowledge retrieval of our children. At the end of a unit of work, we carry out a practical POP Task to ensure that specific objectives have been achieved in that topic.