Physical Education Intent:
At St Peter at Gowts, our PE curriculum is inspiring and creative unlocking potential in all. Our curriculum seeks to ensure that all pupils flourish through challenge, support and a broad and balanced curriculum rooted in shared values and consistently high expectations while striving for excellence.
St Peter’s PE curriculum is fashioned through our golden threads of values, inspiration, excellence and community.
“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” (St Francis of Assisi)
PE is an essential part of our broad and balanced curriculum where we focus on embellishing a love of sport and the values attached to sport. We create a positive, inspiring learning environment that provides the opportunity to master many fundamental skills whilst promoting creativity and learning with their classmates. Our intent is to build children’s knowledge base through high levels of purposeful activity and active coaching. We are invested in developing emotional behaviours and thinking skills in every lesson. Our rich, cohesively planned curriculum, flows intrinsically alongside our values based learning; helping children to manage pressure; teaching the significance of teamwork and collaboration; learning from failure and turning mistakes into ambition. PE teaches our children to never give up – yes you can! Our inclusive curriculum means that all children get an equal chance to participate in all activities, inclusive of gender, and can feel empowered. It’s our vision to help facilitate and celebrate physical activity throughout our community as part of our families’ routine, promoting physical activity from a young age to then go and lead healthy, active lives. Through our PE curriculum, we strive to achieve excellence for all.
Values – Through vocabulary and practise, our children learn and live values including self-belief, determination, passion, respect, honesty and teamwork leading to healthy competition and a positive relationship with PE and sport.
Inspiration – Through exposure to a broad PE curriculum where all children find an opportunity to be successful. This includes our enrichment opportunities including Sports Week and our School Games calendar.
Community – Our PE and Sport provision is carefully planned to complement our local community and our relationship with community clubs further exposes our children to extra-curricular opportunities.
Excellence – We play to our strengths, and through our sequenced scheme of work and rich extra-curricular program our intention is to give children every opportunity to thrive in competition. We aspire for our children to pursue opportunities within sport and have the knowledge base to lead active and healthy lives.
Physical Education implementation:
Our rich PE curriculum is designed using the scheme ‘real PE’ which gives children the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life.
- Long term planning in y3-y6 follows our structured competition calendar of events and runs intrinsically with our after-school sport provision.
- Medium term plans build upon existing skills; develop and refine techniques in a range of games.
- All lessons build knowledge and depth of understanding through minimal teacher talk; skill practice and challenge – the emphasis is on learning by ‘doing’ and for children to set their own ‘personal challenges’ reflecting our child-centred approach. Lessons follow a clear ‘skills ladder’ indicating the next small step in the development and application of a skill.
- A step-by-step approach is used so children can firstly understand the task, then apply and execute in a game. Children are used as ‘experts’ to demonstrate key skills and examples of good skill development.
- It is recognised that for most children to increase their level of skill they will need to repeat the skill and practise many times and embed it through making links between different skills and techniques. Vocabulary plays an important part in explanations and demonstrations of skills.
- Practice is pitched with suitable scaffolds based on assessment for learning, ensuring individuals are stretched and challenged to appropriate levels.
- Teachers & peers provide instant feedback, identify misconceptions and move learners on where necessary.
- Enrichment opportunities are abundant for the children of St Peter’s, with a variety of sporting clubs after school as well as a busy sporting competition calendar throughout the year. Children who show strengths in different sporting areas have the opportunity across school to attend a range of competitions and development days. Some specifically tailored opportunities and competitions are created to attract less active children to participate in physical activity with their positive ‘yes you can!’ attitude.
- During St Peter’s annual ‘sports week’ children are inspired by a variety of sports persons from both the Olympic and para-Olympic communities, reflecting our beliefs that anyone can achieve and be successful with a little bit of determination!
- Our school values and those of sportsmanship also play a fundamental role in all areas of our school sporting life.
- Our include PE curriculum is aligned with the School Games offer and continues to raise the profile of PE across the whole school
- St Peter at Gowts Sports scholarship reflects the values and goals of our school by empowering families to further their child’s sports education outside of school.
- Swimming lessons happen throughout the year and over the course of key stage 2 children receive up-to 39 lessons.
- Our ‘Safe Travel to school’ initiative exposes children to several schemes on an annual basis including Balance Bikeability, Learning-to-ride and level 1 and 2 Bikeability awards.
- In collaboration with NK Academy we provide further PE opportunities in an inspiring setting to groups of children based upon a variety of criteria including academic merit and gaps in fundamental skills.
- Sensory circuits targets children through sensory profile which highlights a gap in sensory integration.
Physical Education impact:
As a year 6 sports person, transitioning to secondary school, we aspire that pupils will have the knowledge and lifelong skills they need to choose to be physically active and to have a nutritious diet outside of school. Having participated in a variety of different sports and fundamental skill developments, children will possess a variety of skills which they use in different ways and link them to making actions and sequences of movement and an ability to evaluate, improve and celebrate their own successes. Children will demonstrate a resilience during sporting activities and demonstrate great sportsmanship towards all competitors.