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Market Drayton Infant & Nursery School

‘An excellent, happy school, where we enjoy learning’

P.E.

Intent

We believe that P.E. plays a vital part in the development of our children. P.E. develops physical competence and confidence and our curriculum has been set up to give the children an extremely wide range of sporting activities to develop their abilities. It fits perfectly with our whole school Visions and Values of Collaboration, Aspirations, Respect and Positivity. By offering such a wide range of opportunities, we go far and beyond the KS1 expectations of the National Curriculum. We hope the children will discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences, and how to make choices about getting involved in lifelong physical activity.

Our Values in P.E.

Collaboration

Respect

  • Partner work:  from early years onwards the children are encouraged to work with a partner, teaching them the importance of collaboration and early team work.
  • Coaching:  as children progress into years 1 and 2, they will be encouraged to look at how their partner is working, e.g. in gymnastics they may help their partner to improve their body shape in a balance.
  • Team Sports: We think that it is really important for the children to develop their understanding of a game situation where they are working as teams.
  • Intra-school activities: in Year 2, the children get the opportunity to compete in teams across the year group in a range of sport.  This is great fun.
  • Competitions:  we work with Activ Sports to take part in a range of competitive sport across the year e.g. gymnastics and cross country.
  • Junior School: the work that we do builds into the work we do at the Junior School.  Our P.E. coordinators work very closely together.  
  • Respect for others: lots of collaboration in P.E. means we have to respect one another and work together.
  • Equipment:  we have to respect all of the equipment we use and look after it to make sure that others can use it as well.
  • Respect for sport: we recognise that there are many great achievements in sport and we aim to give a wide range of opportunities to the children over their time in school.
  • Our bodies:  we help the children to realise that exercise is important to keep our bodies healthy and it plays a really important part in mental health and wellbeing.
  • Competitions:  Whilst winning may be great, it is the taking part that counts.  We always respect the other teams and schools that we play against.  
  • Outdoor learning:  Outdoor learning takes place every day in Early Years and is planned in as the children get older.  We also use Forest School type activities.  These all help us in building respect for the environment.

Aspirations

Positivity

  • Our futures:  P.E. is a great subject to do to give us the chance to try out new things and give us the opportunity to find sports we like to play, both now and in the future.
  • Clubs:  we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities for children. These include: Jujitsu, multi-sports, gymnastics and dance. 
  • Pupil Premium: we support children who may be disadvantaged to access a range of extra-curricular activities using the pupil premium funding. This means that children are not at a disadvantage.  We also make sure that all of these children have a basic PE kit.
  • Competitions:  Participating in a range of competitions at KS1 is something that our P.E. leader has been passionate about.  It encourages children to want to aim high in the world of sport. 
  • Beyond the National Curriculum: we believe that P.E. and school sport should always have a high priority in our curriculum offer and beyond.  We also offer enrichment activities to introduce the children to wider sports, these include archery, swimming, tri-golf and orienteering.
  • Local clubs: in order to encourage children to take up the love of sport and lifelong commitment to it, we signpost to a range of clubs, including gymnastics and the local football club.
  • Have a go:  P.E. offers a fully inclusive curriculum and encourages all children to have a go and enjoy being physically active.
  • Fun: P.E., exercising and sport is fun because we get to do lots of activity.  If you came to watch one of our lessons, you would be amazed about how much the children can do and understand about exercise and P.E.
  • Weekly:  we love P.E. so our teachers have made sure that we do it twice a week.
  • Wellbeing: Exercise is really good for our mental health and wellbeing.  We have a character called CLANG who shouts out about wellbeing. The ‘A’ stands for ‘Active Learning’ and this is all about the importance that being active plays on our wellbeing.
  • Daily Mile:  We are a Daily Mile school.  We are very lucky to have a Daily Mile track which was built from funding we received from the ‘sugar tax’.
  • Gym equipment:  We managed to win a bid for funding for outdoor gym equipment which is on the playground.  This is great and gives us things to do at break and lunch, as well as in P.E.
  • Sports days: Our sports days are not in the traditional sense.  The children work in mixed teams and everybody takes part in every event, earning points for their team.  It means the children are constantly active. We even have a medal ceremony at the end.

In P.E. we want children to:

Implementation

Our programme promotes physical skilfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. We provide opportunities for the children to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. Our whole school programme promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles which links in to the Wellbeing Award the school achieved in March 2019. 

 

Wellbeing Award

Children in school know that there are five ways to wellbeing to keep their body and mind fit and healthy. In school we have a character called CLANG, representing these five ways. The A stands for Active - we want children to be active every single day and we promote this through our PE lessons and Daily Mile sessions. For further information about Wellbeing, visit the PSHE curriculum section.

 

P.E. in Early Years Foundation Stage

In EYFS, P.E. is covered under physical development. It covers both fine and gross motor development. It is delivered through adult-led and child initiated sessions. Our aim is that all children will work towards achieving the ELG, to show good control and coordination in large and small movements, move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space, handling equipment and tools effectively. The children are given the opportunity to take part in our Bikeability programme.

At the end of EYFS, in reception, the children are given a more structured approach to P.E. lessons through two lessons a week and also opportunities in child initiated sessions. This includes:

  • dance 
  • gymnastics
  • Bikeability
  • games rotations to experience the large and small ball skills
  • skipping
  • tennis and kwik cricket to prepare them for KS 1.


P.E. in KS1

In KS 1, the children have two sessions a week as shown in the long term plan. This includes tag rugby, uni-hoc, football and netball, dance and gym, tennis and kwik cricket and athletics and swimming in Yr 2.

 

The children’s practical skills are developed in order to participate, compete and understand the importance of and be happy to lead a healthy lifestyle. Our PE plan links closely to the interleaving PSHE curriculum. The PSHE topics and themes are revisited within and through the sport blocks across the two year groups. We build on the knowledge developed in reception, to KS 1 which supports the interleaving curriculum in the rest of the school, and thus is taken through to KS2 to build their skills further.

Long Term Plan

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Reception

Dance

Gym

(coach)

Gym

Dance

Net and Wall Games

(Tennis)

Striking and Fielding Games

(Kwik Cricket)

Bikeability

(coach)

Games 1

Rotation 

Games 2 Rotation

(coach)

Games 2 Rotation

Athletics

Sports Day Practice

Athletics

(Rotation)

Year 1

Invasion Games

(Tag Rugby)

(coach)

Invasion Games

( Uni hoc)

Invasion Games

(Football)

(coach)

Invasion Games

(Netball)

Net and Wall Games

(Tennis)

Striking and Fielding Games

(Kwik Cricket)

Dance

Gym

(coach)

Gym

Dance

(coach)

Athletics

Athletics

Year 2

Invasion Games

(Tag Rugby)

(coach)

Invasion Games

(Uni hoc)

Invasion Games

(Football)

(coach)

Invasion Games

(Netball)

Swimming

Swimming

Dance

Gym

(coach)

Gym

Dance

(coach)

Athletics

Athletics

Net and Wall Games

(Tennis)

Striking and Fielding Games

(Kwik Cricket)

Threshold concepts

These are concepts that the children return to again and again in each of the sport blocks in the breadth of study.  We call this interleaving which means that the children return to each skill again and again through each area in the curriculum breadth.  This helps the children develop in that sport and secures the skill development into long term memory and allows for progression.  This increases their knowledge of the area of many sports over time.

We know that interleaving works because over time the children know more and can tell you more about the sport and they are able to physically show more about what they have learnt.

The threshold concept for P.E. is:

  • Develop practical skills in order to participate, compete and lead a healthy lifestyle. This concept involves learning a range of physical movements and sporting techniques.

 

 

Supporting children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Pupils all have access to a broad and balances curriculum.  The National Curriculum Inclusion Statements states that teachers should set high expectations for every pupil, whatever their prior attainment. Effective quality first teaching is key to enabling all children to participate and progress their skills in Physical Education. Differentiation within lessons is a vital component to ensure that there is an equal balance of support and challenge for all children. Challenge and support within Physical Education might include:

  • varying the type of equipment used e.g. larger ball if working on catching and sensory balls that make a noise to cater for all areas of SEN
  • support can also be provided by teachers, TAs and peers
  • repetition of skills over a period of time
  • partner or group work
  • Gross motor activities, such as Bikeability
  • Cool Kids programme
  • Fine motor activities e.g. Funky Fingers
  • Outside agencies e.g. Occupational Health

 

Many of our children with SEN do not have an SEN need in physical education and this is why it is so important for the coverage so that they can have the chance to develop their skills.

Our Physical Education curriculum has also been designed to offer a balance of sports, giving the opportunity to experience a wide variety of sports and activities and develop a range of skills. 

Links to other subjects

Subject

How P.E. may be linked

English

Communication:  Children learn to communicate and collaborate in P.E. when working with a partner and in a team.  This is one subject where they start to learn the importance of non-verbal communication.

Vocabulary: Vocabulary is taught to the children and this helps them to develop what we call tier three vocabulary.  For example, in gymnastics we learn balance, core, flexibility.

Maths

Counting:  There are lots of opportunities in P.E. to use early counting in a practical context. For example, on the Daily Mile the children need to count the number of laps around the field.

Geography

Orienteering: Orienteering is an enrichment activity that we do in P.E. which gives the opportunity to follow a basic map and simple directions.

Gymnastics: gymnastics gives an opportunity to learn simple positional language, for example, quarter and half turns.  

P.S.H.E.

Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education

Social: There are lots of opportunities to develop our social skills in P.E.  We need to learn to think about how we behave as sports people, such as not being a bad loser, and we need to learn to get on with others, particularly when we are playing team sports.

Competitions: Competitions are great opportunities to practise our social skills and helps to teach us about respect for others.

Health: P.E. teaches us a lot about how to keep ourselves healthy and the importance that exercise places on keeping our bodies healthy.

Wellbeing:  We have a wellbeing award and being physically active plays a huge part in this.  ‘Active Learning’ is the ‘A’ in our wellbeing character's five ways to wellbeing.

Science

Ourselves:  When we learn about ourselves, we need to think about the things that are good for our body and how we keep ourselves well.  This links in well with P.E. and sometimes some of our experiments are linked to exercise that we might do in P.E.  We start to learn about the effects of exercise on our bodies, like our hearts beating faster and our breathing getting faster.

Daily Mile

We all know ‘exercise is good for you’, and The Daily Mile is no exception. There are a wide variety of health and wellbeing benefits associated with daily physical activity and an emerging body of evidence supports the positive impact The Daily Mile can have on children’s health.

In March, studies found that 15 minutes of self-paced exercise, such as The Daily Mile, is beneficial for pupils’ cognition and wellbeing.

 

Our school is proud to take part in this activity.  Children in Reception run at the front area of the school and when they reach Key Stage One, children use the specially designed track at the back of the school around the field. There are Daily Mile champions which link to our Wellbeing Award who encourage children to run further each time. 

 

Alternative sports and wider opportunities

In line with our driver, 'Reach for the Stars', we aim to give the children a wide range of opportunities to keep fit, healthy and to try new things. In order to enrich the experiences of the children, we offer:

  • Parachuting 
  • Bikeability
  • Swimming (Y2)
  • Tri-golf
  • Arrows Archery
  • Traversing walls
  • Outdoor gym equipment
  • Outdoor learning

 

Extra-curricular activities

We offer a range of extra-curricular activities.  These include:

  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Jujitsu
  • Multi-sports
  • Tennis

For children in receipt of pupil premium funding, we support children to access clubs so that all who want to can participate and are not at a disadvantage due to finances. 

Competitive Sport

In Year 2, the children have the opportunity to participate in a a range of competitive sports. We hold intra-school competitions with mixed teams competing across the year group.  We also participate in a range of inter-school competitions, including dodgeball, cross country, gymnastics and tennis.  

Competitions

Impact

In order to assess progress in P.E. we have  assessment sheets that we use before and after each block of P.E.

 

Progress is measured over time.  By the end of Year 1 pupils should have a basic grasp of required skills for each block of sport. By the end of Year 2 pupils should have an advancing understanding of these skills, whilst some will have a deep understanding.

 

In Year 1 and 2, pupils will be inspired by a high-quality PE Curriculum.  Some will succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. They will have had opportunities to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Furthermore our PE curriculum will help them to become caring, respectful, confident and responsible individuals.

 

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