At Houndsfield Primary School we believe that physical education, school sport and physical activity (PESSPA) experienced within a well-managed, safe and educational context is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and well-being.
We aim to deliver high quality physical education that teachers feel confident delivering and children enjoy receiving. Our lessons aim to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports health and fitness; and increases the awareness of children about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. We believe children should have more opportunities to succeed in competitive sports. These sports will help to develop character, confidence and embed values such as fairness and respect. We believe that participation in clubs and sporting activities can be a vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and academic progress.
A broad and balanced physical education curriculum is intended to provide for pupils’ increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations. Progressive learning objectives, combined with sympathetic and varied teaching approaches, endeavour to provide stimulating, enjoyable, satisfying and appropriately challenging learning experiences for all pupils. Utilising government funding for sport, Houndsfield Primary School will provide (where possible) opportunities for pupils and staff to work alongside PE specialists to ensure the highest standards of tuition are delivered.
A balanced range of individual, paired and group activities, in addition to co-operative, collaborative and competitive situations aim to cater for the preferences, strengths and needs of every child. These activities aim to promote a broad base of movement knowledge, skills and understanding. They also intend to develop the pupils’ ability to work independently and to respond appropriately to others, irrespective of their physical fitness, age, gender, cultural and ethnic background.
An understanding of the broader health benefits of physical activity in formative years will contribute to future healthier lifestyle choices.
- To develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, including competitive sports.
- To develop an increasing ability to select, link and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas.
- To ensure children are physically active for sustained periods of time and to develop an understanding of the positive effects of exercise on the body.
- To encourage children to engage in competitive sports and activities.
- To encourage children to lead healthy, active lifestyles.
- To improve observation skills and the ability to describe and make simple judgement on their own and others work, and to use their observations and judgements to improve performance.
- To develop children’s ability to work independently and respond positively towards others.
- To promote an understanding of safe practice and develop a sense of responsibility towards their own and others’ safety and well-being.
At Houndsfield Primary School, all children are entitled to a progressive and comprehensive Physical Education programme, which embraces the Statutory Orders of the National Curriculum 2014 and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) guidance, which takes account of individual interests and needs.In the EYFS, practitioners:
- Plan activities that offer appropriate physical challenges;
- Provide sufficient space, indoors and outdoors, to set up relevant activities;
- Give sufficient time for children to use a range of equipment;
- Provide resources that can be used in a variety of ways or to support specific skills;
- Introduce the language of movement to children, alongside their actions;
- Provide time and opportunities for children with physical disabilities or motor impairments to develop their physical skills, working as necessary with physiotherapists and occupational therapists;
- Use additional adult help, if necessary, to support individuals and to encourage increased independence in physical activities.
Key stage 1
Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be taught to:
- Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- Perform dances using simple movement patterns.
Key stage 2
Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils should be taught to:
- Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
- perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
In KS2 children should also be taught to swim 25m competently, develop a range of strokes and perform a rescue.