The purpose of physical education at St Matthews’ C of E Primary School is to provide opportunities for children to be active and to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. We seek to provide children with the opportunity to display our schools’ core values; respect, faith, choices and learning together. Children learn and develop new skills through a range of sports and physical activities, thus giving children the opportunity to work as individuals and as part of a team to face a variety of challenges. Children are encouraged to be creative, competitive and skilful, evaluating their performance and modifying their actions to improve their ability. Children learn about the body in action and the effect that activity has on their bodies. We hope physical education at St Matthew’s will encourage a life-long passion for sport and that children will have the knowledge and understanding to make lifelong commitments to a healthy and active lifestyle.
St Matthew’s Primary School is committed to the development of skills, knowledge and understanding as set out the National Curriculum. As required, we teach fundamental skills in KS1 and develop these skills further in KS2, progressing in these core movement skills through the vehicle of teaching different, varied sports. All children have the opportunity to access dance, gymnastics, team building, strike and field sports, invasion games, athletics and swimming (KS2) throughout each academic year. In addition to this, children have access to outdoor equipment including climbing walls and trim trails as well as an EYFS garden with climbing and sliding apparatus. Children have good access to P.E. equipment and resources at lunchtimes as well as within lessons and extra-curricular clubs. A one-week residential is offered to children in Year 6 to provide opportunities to take part in outdoor and adventurous activities.
· To ensure that all pupils have access to opportunities to be physically active.
· To ensure a broad and balanced programme of curricular physical education is provided.
· For pupils to develop a sound knowledge of the body in action and the effects of a healthy lifestyle.
· For pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of core movement in order to perform skills with accuracy and precision.
· For pupils to be inspired by sport and be motivated to continue throughout their lives.
· To provide children with opportunities to be competitive, creative and skilful.
· To promote working as a team and individually.
· To increase physical activity participation throughout the school and across the whole school community.
· To enlist the expertise of outside agencies and coaches in order to promote physical activity throughout the school day.
· To ensure teachers plan and deliver high-quality physical education.
· To raise the profile of physical education throughout the school and encourage cross-curricular learning.
· To continue and promote the theme of the Olympic legacy and exercise the core values; respect, excellence and fair play.
· To develop positive self-esteem in all pupils.
· A long term plan maps out the PE curriculum coverage for each year group and medium-term plans ensures skillsets are taught effectively.
· A structure for children’s progression is provided which enables development in P.E. and movement skills.
· A variety of skills and games are taught within the bracket of different sports in order for children to receive a broad experience of physical activity.
· Teachers share the learning objective and success criteria at the beginning of each lesson so pupils are fully aware of the intent of each lesson.
· A record of assessment and evidence is recorded on the Succeedin PE platform in order to inform future planning and teaching.
· The P.E. policy is shared with staff and reviewed and implemented consistently throughout the school.
· The P.E. leader liaises with advisory and local authority staff and P.E. networks, school coordinators and outside agencies in order to keep updated with national guidelines and effective use of funding.
· Staff to keep an updated knowledge of the subject through CPD.
· The PE leader audits P.E. equipment and organises the maintenance of resources.
· The PE leader monitors and supports staff in planning, delivering and assessing P.E.
· In planning, delivering and assessing physical activity effectively, teachers have a sound understanding of the physical understanding and ability of their class.
· The P.E. leader ensures the development of P.E. within the curriculum is consistently taught throughout the school.
· Children have access to high-quality physical education in order to obtain maximum progress in the subject.
· Children participate in the national guidelines of the “30:30 active minutes” per day (30 minutes outside of school/ 30 minutes within school) therefore contributing to a healthy, active lifestyle.
· Children are encouraged to become independent learners and confident decision-makers.
· Children’s physical and emotional well-being is enforced as well as their knowledge and understanding.
· Access to new sports and activities motivates participation and competitiveness.
St Matthew’s C of E Primary School provides a curriculum inclusive of all children. Teachers endeavour to provide suitable, challenging learning opportunities for all children. Children with special educational needs are given the opportunity to participate in physical activities through teachers differentiating planning as needed and adapting activities to overcome potential barriers to learning. More able students are provided with opportunities to develop their skills and to support progression.
We provide a range of out-of-hours clubs for children to participate in physical activity both before and after school. The clubs involve both competitive and non-competitive opportunities for pupils from Early Years to Year 6. These clubs focus on a range of activities to provide pupils with exposure to new sports and encourage an active lifestyle in addition to a positive attitude towards fitness within our school community.
Clubs which involve physical activity are delivered by qualified teachers or coaches with a valid CRB and at least a Level 3 qualification. A register is taken for each session of an extra-curricular club. The P.E. leader ensures that all classes within the school have access to at least one club throughout the year and parental consent must be sought before participating in a club.
Break and Lunchtime Activity
The school has a playground, stadium and outdoor apparatus which children use during free play. Lunchtime supervisors and support staff provide children with P.E. equipment and encourage children to participate in games and structured activities.
Travelling to and from school
The school encourages active methods of travelling and provides secure cycle storage for pupils who cycle or use a scooter to get to school. Our school supports this by offering ‘Bikeability’ training to children in Year 4 and 5 as well as providing Early Years and KS1 with ‘Balance Bikes’ to encourage cycling skills, bike maintenance and road safety.
Health and Safety
The headteacher, staff and governors:
· Have a working knowledge and understanding of their liabilities and legal responsibilities relating to health and safety procedures and duty of care.
· Have a secure knowledge and understanding of the concepts, skills and safety implications/ procedures associated with the activities being taught.
· Are familiar with the Health and Safety policy document of the school.
· Are responsible for reporting any maintenance issues as per the health and safety policy.
· Have a risk assessment framework and quality information in order to make decisions which will minimise risk in Physical Education. This is achieved through following the “Safe Practice in PE” document and being aware of its relevance, guidelines and implications.
· Arrange equipment checks for all fixed and large portable equipment annually by a professional equipment engineer.
· Are able to assess the safety of specific taught activities in terms of body alignment, impact and momentum.
· Understand how the development of a child can affect their ability to exercise and know-how to plan and/ or adapt activities to minimise risk.
· Are first aid trained or are aware of the first aiders within the school.