At Westgate Primary School all children, including SEN and disadvantaged learn the following concepts through studying different PE topics throughout the school:
- Multi skills
- Invasion Games
- Outside Adventures
- Being Fit and healthy
By connecting our British Values through the teaching of Physical Education, we explore issues that affect us all in our lives and this helps inform decisions that will shape our future for example, by providing opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed British values such as fairness and respect.
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. Our curriculum also provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness
PE is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. Our school uses the objectives from the curriculum as the basis for the planning in weekly PE lessons, ensuring pupils have access to 2 hours of PE a week. PE is taught by individual class teachers and coaches who together take responsibility for planning, resourcing and delivering this area of the curriculum.
In EYFS, we encourage the physical development of our children in the reception class as an integral part of their work. As the reception class is 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 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.
As the children move into Key stage 1 the learning from EYFS is connected to the development a greater understanding of fundamental movement skills, which include balance, agility and co-ordination. This enables them to develop physical skill and an understanding of the movements of their body, particularly in the use of space, time and energy. The effect of exercise on their body is also explored. These skills are explored through the themes of dance, games and gymnastics lessons. The children are also introduced and exposed to a range of sporting activities in which they will learn how to participate in games and are introduced to the concept of attacking and defending.
The learning from Key Stage 1 is connected with Key Stage 2, where the children use their previous learning with more control and understanding in dance and gymnastics. They develop increased tactical thinking in games (teams, invasion, throwing and striking) and athletics, in which they apply and develop a broader range of skills and use these with increasing confidence, control, and technique.
The concepts are connected with the importance of Physical Education on their health and the role exercise plays in contributing to healthy lifestyle and life choices. This is developed through lessons with a focus on fitness.
In addition, swimming and water safety is taught in Key Stage Two with the expectation that all children leave being able to confidently swim 25m.