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Curriculum – PE

PE is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. Our school uses the objectives from the curriculum as the basis for planning an effective and progressive curriculum. Objectives from the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum are used to supplement and enhance planning. Planning is progressive and begins with basic skills which are applied through a range of learning opportunities, with increasing complexity and practicality, as outlined in the Milestones.

Skills are developed and revisited from reception to Year 6, ensuring basic skills are applied and practised in a range of contexts and with increasing demand, competition and complexity, consisting of “basic, advancing and deep” elements.

In Key Stage 1, children are taught a range of sporting activities to develop their balance, agility and co-ordination. These skills are taught through ball skills, gymnastics, dance, games and athletics.

In Key Stage 2, children are taught dance, invasion games, striking and fielding games, gymnastics and athletics to ensure they progress and revisit skills that have been learnt in Key Stage one. Children take on roles as sports ambassadors within the school to ensure active playtimes are promoted and well managed. In addition to this, swimming and water safety is taught in Key Stage Two with the expectation that all children leave being able to confidently swim 25m and perform safe self-rescue.

All children take part in competitive sport during lessons and are encouraged to strive for personal best in their own fitness. All children are given the opportunity to participate and represent the school at local events. Children of all abilities have the opportunity compete against other local schools within our sports pyramid. Skills that are needed for these events are taught prior in PE lessons and extra-curricular clubs.

Currently, KS1 children receive a minimum of 1 hour of PE teaching a week. KS2 children receive 2 hours of PE teaching. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in PE lessons and link some lessons such as dance to other parts of our curriculum.

Learning and Teaching in Physical Education

Trimley St Mary strives to provide all pupils with an exciting and motivating PE curriculum that encourages participation in a wide range of physical activities, learning a range of different skills and a growing awareness of how the body works and how to stay fit and healthy.

In EYFS classes we encourage and promote the physical development of our children as an integral part of their work. We link the Early Learning Goals objectives to the physical development of the children, these goals underpin the curriculum planning for children aged four-five years of age. As awesome athletes, we encourage the children to develop confidence and control the way they move, and the way they hold equipment such as a pencil. We offer appropriate and achievable challenges for children both inside and outside of the classroom.

Teacher knowledge and confidence is to be reviewed on a termly basis with opportunities to learn and reach across different year groups. CPD opportunities are on offer for staff to develop their own practise. Planning and resources can be found in the schools shared files areas and can be accessed for years to come. PE is taught by an outside agency for 3 days and the rest is taught by teaching staff.

Extra-Curricular PE Opportunities

Trimley St Mary provide a variety of sporting opportunities during lunchtimes and at the end of the school day. This encourages children to further develop their skills in a range of activity areas. The sporting clubs change each term in the school year. Lunchtime sports and activities are run by an outside agency and ensure children across the school are experiencing physical activity. Children are also selected to represent the school in a range of sporting activities and competitions in the local area to compete against other schools.