It is our intent to provide opportunities for children to be motivated and physically active whilst developing a broad range of skills and knowledge. Our pe lessons challenge and promote self-esteem through the development of physical confidence and problem solving.
We intend to enjoy and promote a healthy lifestyle and embed fairness, respect and resilience.
We believe that physical activity not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but that it also has a positive influence on motivation and confidence, academic achievement, emotional stability and interaction with others. Developing a love of physical activity enables children to achieve a long term happy, healthy lifestyle.
A range of PE activities are offered to all genders; experiences and expectations are the same regardless. Selection for teams to represent the school at sporting events is based upon both ability and also opportunity. The PE Leader aim to have 100% of children from the school represent the school in some capacity. PE lessons and lunchtime activities with coaches and health mentors offer all children the opportunity to improve their knowledge and techniques so everyone has the opportunity to be the best they can be.
Following the National Curriculum, children in KS1 and KS2 learn a range of skills and sports including, multi-skills, dance, gymnastics, team games and athletics through two PE sessions every week.
As well as class teachers, specialist sports coaches also deliver PE lessons. They also teach many after school clubs focusing on PE skills and teamwork. Children in Year 4 also have the opportunity to experience swimming. Children are taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres; use a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breast stroke and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. Swimming is coached by qualified swimming instructors.
As part of our partnership with London PE & School Sports Network (LPESSN), we are able to provide opportunities for children to take part in many competitions at an inter and intra-school level. Children are encouraged to challenge themselves against personal targets during, for example, virtual sports hall athletics, daily skipping and the Albion Daily Mile. The curriculum is further enhanced by our health mentor and teaching assistants who supervise sports activities at lunchtime, including: football, basketball, skipping and Champ.
Our PE lessons are planned using the LPESSN resources, which align with our school values, our whole child approach to PE and the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. The LPESSN resources are structured so that progression is built into each unit which ensures our children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school.
We provide opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in each activity area. Each lesson should include a warm-up and cool down relevant to the main activity and learning environment/weather conditions. All children are physically active for sustained periods of time in every lesson. Progressively, they learn about the components and how to perform warm up and cool down exercises, paying attention to the principles of safe exercise practice. PE is delivered throughout the whole day and all classes have at least two hours of PE per week.
Alongside our PE lessons we also ensure that we are engaging the children in daily physical exercise such as the ‘Daily Mile’ or ‘Daily Skip’. Our aim is that all children walk, jog or run around a set course for 10 minutes, daily. We have provided the children with a huge range of playground equipment including outdoor fitness machines to motivate them to be physically active as much possible during their break times.
The school enters competitions organised by LPESSN and plays matches against local schools arranged by the subject lead. This introduces a competitive element to team games, and allows the children to put into practice the skills that they have developed in their lessons. These opportunities foster a sense of team spirit and cooperation amongst our children. Year 6 children are encouraged to develop their leadership skills by organising sports days for the whole school in the summer term.
Our teachers assess the children’s work in PE by making informal judgements, as they observe them during lessons and through assessing against the specific objectives set out in the National Curriculum. Assessments are summarised in end of year reports to parents. We have clear expectations of what the children 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.