At Squirrel Hayes First School, we firmly believe in the importance to teach the children the fundamental movements that will underpin the foundation of a variety of sports. We aim to provide high quality PE lessons in which the children are able to develop physical stamina (improving fitness), as well as their physical skills, including core stability. We want to support children and parents to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how this goes beyond physical activity.
We do this through fully adhering to the aims of the national curriculum for physical education to ensure that all children:
• 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
• lead healthy, active lives
We intend to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical education and in developing life skills. We want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values
The PE curriculum is taught through the use of the PE Hub, which is in-line with the National Curriculum, and is used to aid teaching staff in their subject knowledge and planning of PE. Teachers are able to adjust and change lessons to suit the needs of their classes but the scheme provides a strong basis of what is expected in each year group. Each lesson, children are given the opportunity to practise skills in a variety of ways and each lesson builds upon the previous skills, allowing them time to embed it. Different skills are recapped throughout, and across, the years, each time they are being built upon; allowing children to know more and remember more.
Each class has access to more than two hours of high-quality physical activity every week, made up of Fun-Trition, Flexicise and quality teaching of PE. These are either taught by the class teacher or by a professional sports coach.
The Fun-Trition programme provides both theoretical and practical structured lessons with specific learning outcomes. These are linked primarily with the curriculums of Science, Design & Technology and PHSE, but they also provide learning opportunities that contribute to other core curriculum subjects such as Maths, English and Geography. The aim of the Fun-Trition programme is to encourage children and their families to participate in making healthy lifestyle choices by providing them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make healthy changes.
Flexicise is used to promote good mental health and well-being through the use of stretching. Flexicise offers psychological benefits for children as well. A growing body of research has already shown that it can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, and classroom behaviour, and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children.
Class teachers, SLT and the PE Leader will measure the impact of curriculum planning for PE through assessment and tracking and pupil interviews. Learners should be able to confidently talk about healthy living, the impact of physical activity on their body. We look closely at 3 factors which are the head, hand and heart. The head looks specifically at the learner being a thinker, confident, deep learner and decision maker. The hand is based around the physical being so whether they are physically competent, active and competitive. Finally, the heart is based around behaviour and how they develop socially and emotionally, their involvement and developing character and values within each aspect of the curriculum. Analysis of impact will inform ongoing curriculum planning.
If you need to know more about this subject, please don't hesitate to ask the subject lead Mrs Percival.