PE Curriculum Statement
"Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity." John F. Kennedy
At Abbey Village, we want to inspire all pupils to lead physically active lives. We aim to maximise the development of every child’s ability and achievement in the area of PE enabling them to know more about physical activity and how it is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. We believe that this should feed into an understanding of the benefits of activity and exercise upon healthy bodies, lifestyles and minds which children will continue into their adult life.
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 that supports their health and fitness. (National Curriculum 2014).
Through sports, children will learn the skills of resilience, perseverance, teamwork and sportsmanship, at Abbey Village we value all of these vital principles in all aspects of school life.
Our curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils progress in a number of developmental areas: physical development, social and emotional development, and cognitive development.
- To develop physical competence and confidence by acquiring and developing a range of fine and gross motor skills.
- To develop knowledge, skills and understanding, and the ability to remember, repeat and refine action with increasing control and accuracy.
- To promote fitness and healthy lifestyle by understanding the effects of exercise on the body and mind and the importance of developing strength, endurance, and flexibility.
- To appreciate the value of exercising
Social and emotional development
- To develop a love of physical exercise
- To develop the ability to work within a group- communicate and respond appropriately towards others.
- To develop confidence in their own skills and abilities
- To realise that the right exercise can be fun and give them energy.
- To develop a sense of fair play
- To develop an understanding of competition and how to engage in competitive games.
- To develop decision making and problem-solving skills
- To develop reasoning skills and the ability to make judgements
- To develop an increasing ability to select, link and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas.
- To understand that using the correct technique will improve accuracy and individual performance
- To be able to evaluate performance.
We have eight key priorities at Abbey Village that underpin every subject area. We believe that by focusing on these key priorities our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stage of their education and their lives.
Here at Abbey Village, we believe that each child should be given as many opportunities as possible to enhance their basic skills in PE and become healthier and more physically active.
Children are taught two hours of high-quality PE every week during curriculum time and also have access to weekly extra-curricular sports. We work closely with Chorley Sports Partnership to provide the children and teachers throughout the school with the appropriate skills for the teaching and learning of PE. Staff are able to observe specialist coaching in PE lessons. This allows for an improvement of knowledge and understanding of how to teach key basic skills in a variety of different ways as well as enhancing overall staff confidence. The PE champion also completes training throughout the academic year and then shares ideas and resources with other staff members.
Teachers use the Lancashire PE planning documents to support them in their planning. These documents are progressive, coherent and apply fundamental movement skills which are year group appropriate.
Children at Abbey Village are given wider opportunities to build character and embed values through regular teamwork activities. They are consciously involved in competitive sport through CSSP competitions and thoroughly enjoy participating in various sports, giving all involved a sense of achievement.
At Abbey Village, we have appointed a play apprentice to enhance sporting provision across the whole school, the specific focus of this is to develop the fundamental skills of PE for KS1 and continue developing the enhanced skills of KS2. Children access this opportunity at lunch times daily and engage within all types of varied activities in order to meet this objective. Alongside our play apprentice, we train our Upper Key Stage 2 children to become playground leaders. They plan and device activities in small groups to lead with our KS1 children. This ensures that our children develop a sense of confidence in their own skills and abilities and have the opportunity to interact with their peers in a fun, active and engaging manner.
At Abbey Village, we believe that all children, irrespective of physical ability, race, gender, creed or stage of achievement have the right to reach their full potential in PE and achieve enjoyment, satisfaction and success at their own level. In order to achieve this, we will observe that Abbey Village will do the following:
- Observe and monitor all children from each key stage and year group are working towards and meeting the expected standard in PE.
- Children to be tracked throughout the year and assessments to be carried out by all teachers.
- Children will become stewards of their own learning and support peers to continue and excel.
- Children will show pride for our school and continue to compete competitively.
- Children will explore and are engaged by a wide range of sport.
- Children become more active and continue to do so into adulthood.
- All children to develop a passion, enthusiasm and drive for Physical Education.
‘PE is Powerful Education’.