Statement of Intent
At Hill Top Primary Academy, we believe that our PE curriculum should be inclusive and accessible to all. We strive to give children the knowledge and understanding required to make a positive impact on their own physical health and well-being, providing them with the skills necessary to enhance life-long fitness. We want our pupils to appreciate the benefits of a healthy and physically active lifestyle.
We aim to create a learning environment where children can succeed and excel in a range of physical activities and competitive sports. Through our teaching of PE, our children will have opportunities to compete in sporting activities which will build character, develop confidence and help to embed transferable life values such as fairness, sportsmanship, co-operation, resilience and respect. Children will be enabled to perform with increasing confidence and competence in a variety of physical activities.
We aim to ensure that the children’s experience of Physical Education is positive and motivating and that children’s positive attitudes to a healthy lifestyle are firmly embedded within our curriculum.
PE is taught as whole class lessons in order for children to access the age-related skills and sporting knowledge contained within the National Curriculum. Lessons are taught twice a week. In Key Stages 1 and 2 two different sports/skills are covered per half term. Activities within lessons are tailored to match children’s level of development, in order to enable them to achieve age-related expectations.
Every year group will use, and adapt, Get Set 4 PE planning and resources to ensure lessons across all year groups show progression. Our detailed lesson plans ensure that all teachers are equipped with the secure subject knowledge required to deliver modern, high-quality teaching and learning opportunities for all areas of the PE National Curriculum. Classes follow the Get Set 4 PE overview to ensure pupils develop key skills through team and individual sports. All lessons are strongly skills based and follow a structure whereby prior knowledge is always considered and opportunities for practice are incorporated into lessons. Although the structure can be altered, this allows for children to embed the skills learnt and broaden their depth of sporting knowledge. At the end of lessons, there are always opportunities for children to reflect upon the knowledge and skills they have learnt, whilst demonstrating it within small activities.
Throughout the year, children will secure and build on a range of skills. These skills will be taught through a variety of different sporting units allowing children to improve their understanding and apply their knowledge within different sets of rules and with different equipment. They will demonstrate their knowledge of these skills by applying them to various activities. Children will participate in group activities which encourage teamwork and sportsmanship. Any children who show outstanding performances with a particular skill will be used to demonstrate their ability to the rest of the class to build confidence and understanding. Lessons are assessed by using the Get Set 4 PE assessment tool and this will be completed by the teacher at the end of each half term. Children are also given the opportunity to self assess their own performances
Children are provided opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities that are inclusive, enjoyable and increase children’s physical activity. In Year 4 children attend swimming lessons once a week and are assessed using Swim England School Swimming Framework Awards. These are completed by swimming instructors at the end of a term, showing children’s ability and range of strokes. At lunchtimes, sporting activities are provided daily. During the year, children will have a variety of opportunities to compete in competitive sports as an individual or as a team.
- perform with increased confidence and competence in a range of physical activities
- be able to self and peer assess skills in PE in order to further aid their development
- be able to discuss the importance of a healthy lifestyle and recognise how it can be achieved
- develop skills which underpin their future lives such as teamwork, resilience, self-motivation and good sportsmanship
- leave school with a love of sport and physical activity which will enable them to improve their physical and mental health throughout their lives