At Bradshaw we recognise the importance PE plays in the curriculum and we are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education. The aim of our PE programme is to develop children's basic physical competencies, build confidence in their ability and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. PE lessons encourage children to compete against themselves and others whilst being challenged to improve their physical, social, emotional and thinking skills. These skills are embedded in the heart of our planning.
Our objectives in the teaching of PE align with the National Curriculum in that we aim to ensure all pupils:
- 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
- Demonstrate core values such as teamwork and respect for themselves and others.
Our PE lessons are planned using the Get Set 4 PE platform, which aligns with our core values, our whole child approach to PE and the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. Get Set 4 PE is planned so that progression is built into the scheme which ensures our children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school.
The curriculum planning in PE is carried out in three phases (long-term, medium-term and short-term). The long-term plan maps out the PE activities covered in each term during the key stage. The PE subject leader works this out in conjunction with teaching colleagues and pupils in each year group. Together we create a broad and balanced curriculum that is exciting for our children to learn through. Our medium-term plans give details of each unit of work for each term. These schemes of work provide an overview of the unit, links to other areas of the National Curriculum and assessment criteria for that unit. The short-term lesson plans provide opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in each activity area. We ensure that PE lessons and extra-curricular activities are inclusive and that appropriate adjustments are made to enable all pupils to participate. When selecting children to represent the school in competitions we aim to select a variety of children including SEN and PP pupils.
A typical PE lesson begins with a recap of previous learning. The lesson objective and skills to develop throughout the lesson are shared with the pupils. Vocabulary to support pupils’ understanding of skills, rules or strategies is introduced. After a warm up, new learning begins through small steps where teachers guide children through their learning with clear instructions and demonstrations. Pupils then have the opportunity to develop their skills through group and independent practice whilst gaining feedback from their teacher and peers. Lessons end with a cool down and reflection where pupils are asked to consider what skills they have developed, how they can be used and developed further in future lessons and the impact of the activities on their health and their bodies.
We encourage the physical development of our children in the nursery and reception class as an integral part of their work. As these classes are part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the physical development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five years of age. We encourage the children to develop confidence and control of the way they move, and the way they handle tools and equipment. We give all children the opportunity to undertake activities that offer appropriate physical challenge, both indoors and outdoors, using a wide range of resources to support specific skills.
In Key Stage One, we continue to place a heavy focus on developing the fundamental skills and introduce simple games related attacking and defending tactics. These are then integrated into mini-games where pupils can apply learnt skills and tactics. In Key Stage One, we follow the GetSet4PE scheme which aims to raise fitness and activity levels whilst developing skills and deepening knowledge of health and well-being.
In Key Stage Two, the focus begins to shift towards combining skills that have been mastered in KS1 and developing more complex tactics. These are then applied into game style situations and competitive sports. In Key Stage Two, we continue to follow the GetSet4PE scheme which aims to further raise fitness and activity levels whilst developing skills and deepening knowledge of health and well-being.
- Opportunity for school trips to outdoor activity centres (PGL Y5/6, Robin Wood Y3/4)
- Top up swimming lessons for those that haven’t met the required standard in Y4 (Y6)
Tailoring the experience of PE for each child is the best way to provide them with full access to the benefits of our lessons. As with all of the children we teach, it is important to remember they are all different and have different needs. To best support the children in our classes, teachers adapt, change and tweak where needed to make the lessons and resources bespoke and relevant.
Teachers use the STEP principle to adapt their lessons as appropriate.
Our teachers assess the children’s work in PE, both by making informal judgements, as they observe them during lessons, and through assessing against the specific objectives set out in the National Curriculum and recorded. During the lessons, teachers will feedback to children in the moment to support progress.
We have clear expectations of what the pupils will know, understand and be able to do at the end of each Key Stage. Teachers are supported with resources to know how to prepare children for their next phase of education. These resources include the Get Set 4 PE progression of skills document, progression ladders and knowledge organisers.
In addition to the compulsory curriculum, we also offer a variety of optional extra-curricular activities.
We offer a range of after school activities, the timetable for which is developed in response to pupil demand and interests expressed in pupil questionnaires.
Children are strongly encouraged to be physically active during their playtimes. There are a range of structured activities on offer every break time. These give children the opportunity to “have a go” at new activities and practise fundamental skills alongside developing their co-operation skills, understanding the importance of fair play and respect.
At Bradshaw we value the importance of competitive sport and opportunities to achieve personal best as part of the PE curriculum and PE lessons. We also provide opportunities for pupils to excel and showcase their talents through inter and intra-school competitions, competing against pupils from across the local area, county and region.