A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils: develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities; are physically active for sustained periods of time; engage in competitive sports and activities and lead healthy, active lives.
The Physical Education curriculum is carefully and coherently sequenced to enable our children to develop a growing knowledge of the themes outlined above. Pupils’ knowledge builds towards clearly defined end points so everyone knows what we expect our pupils to achieve by the end of each unit of PE, each year and each key stage. To meet the educational needs of our school community we have selected the following core knowledge concepts as a focus for our teaching. These are explored in increasing depth as pupils move through the school.
At Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our diverse school community, encouraging all to grow and flourish as precious children of God. Learning is centred around experiencing the joy of discovery. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values, with a vision to prepare our children to be life-long learners, rooted in our school motto: To be the best we can be: For God, for others and for ourselves. Christian Values Love Hope Forgiveness Trust Peace Reverence Justice 3 In Reception and KS1, pupils should develop fundamental physical skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of activities to extend their basic understanding of their physical capacities and their health and well-being. This will give the children the skills and understanding to enable them to access more sport specific concepts in KS2. All PE is taught through practical lessons, but elements of theory will be incorporated in those practical sessions. Examples of the units taught in KS1:
● Hit, catch and run
● Send and return
● Defend, attack and shoot.
KS2 pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills and knowledge, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them with previously taught knowledge. They should enjoy further exploration in more game and sport specific concepts. They should develop an understanding of how different physical activity can impact their lives. Pupils should be taught to:
● Gymnastics, swimming, dance, athletics, OAA, cricket, games (including rugby, cricket, tennis, handball, basketball, Lacrosse and football) and skipping.
Across the school PE is taught as a discrete subject, though meaningful links are made with other subjects in our curriculum. The topics we teach are outlined in the curriculum map for PE (see Appendix 1). This is published on our website.