At Tutshill C. of E. Primary School, we value Physical Education as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Physical Education is experienced in a safe and supportive environment, which is essential to ensure that children attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in Physical Education whilst also developing life skills.
We use our core Christian values to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding the fairness and equality of play to embed life-long values. We also teach children the importance of respecting and valuing the work and ideas of others. Children are encouraged to use their learning behaviours to take responsibility for creatively and innovatively applying their physical skills and techniques, whilst showing resilience and perseverance to overcome personal challenges and to improve their personal best.
The ABCDE teaching model is used within sequences of lessons. Teachers activate new learning whilst recapping skills previously taught and then teaching specific skills and knowledge for the next lesson. Children are given opportunities to demonstrate their skills by being given time to explore and experiment new techniques. They are also encouraged to co-operate with one another in order to develop their understanding and learning of the skills taught. Children are actively encouraged to demonstrate their reflection and evaluative skills, by considering their own work alongside the work of others. Within each lesson, we strive to give every child the opportunity to develop skills in Physical Education, consider the impact on their health and fitness and to compete/perform and evaluate. We want to teach children skills to keep them safe such as being able to swim. Opportunities are also provided for children to find out about famous sports people who have helped shape the world, this shows the real impact of sport on the wider environment and helps to inspire children to become the next generation of sports people.
The Physical Education scheme of work follows a two year rolling programme to ensure that the children are introduced to a wide range of sports and skill sets. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Tutshill C. of E. Primary School, not only through sporting skills taught but through the underpinning values and disciplines Physical Education promotes. The curriculum also aims to develop children’s global awareness; teaching how Physical Education both reflect and shape our history and contribute to an awareness of British Values culture and creativity. Key worldwide sporting events are recognised and celebrated across the school and famous sports people from across the world are also learned about and celebrated.
It is our intention to develop a lifelong love of physical activity and sport in all young people alongside developing essential skills like leadership and teamwork.
Physical Education at Tutshill C. of E. Primary School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including: invasion games; net and wall games; strike and field games; gymnastics; dance; swimming and outdoor and adventure.
The scheme of work sets out the Physical Education units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. This follows a two year rolling programme.
Pupils participate in two high quality Physical Education lessons each week, covering two sporting disciplines every half term. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities. Lunch time sports clubs are available and children can attend after school sport clubs as well.
Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children.
Children participate in workshops/theme days covering a variety of sports throughout the year. For example: archery; outdoor and adventure activities; yoga workshops and skipping. This in turn provides the children with an opportunity to develop and improve their fitness whilst also trying something new.
Children in Year Two and Year Five swim once a week for 10 weeks during the Spring Term. Year Six will also be swimming during the Summer Term of 2021 and the Spring Term of 2022 to catch up on lessons missed due to the pandemic.
We have launched the “Daily Mile” and “Activ8” and children are also encouraged to take part in quick physical activities whilst in the classroom to help meet the government target of all children being active for at least 60 minutes a day.
Links have been made with local sports clubs who have provided taster sessions and workshops for the children to attend.
Key worldwide sporting events are recognised and celebrated across the school and famous sports people from across the world are also learned about and celebrated.
We help to motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun.
Children are taught to take responsibility for their own health and fitness. We equip our children with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to live healthy lives.
Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year. Foundation subject assessments are completed three times a year with teachers identifying those children working below, at and beyond expectations. Areas of strength and areas that pose challenge for individuals are highlighted. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons and to support children’s progress in learning: ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.
Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are assessed within Physical Development and their progress is tracked termly using the Tapestry and Insight tracking system. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the Reception year.