At Fairstead, we have designed our physical education (PE) curriculum with the intent to: maximise children’s physical activity; develop their fundamental movement skills in a range of disciplines and sports; and build confidence and enjoyment in the activities they undertake. Whilst centring our PE curriculum on these essential practical skills, we will also develop important ‘PE life skills’ such as body awareness, teamwork and leadership, in order to equip our children with the PE mindset that will enable them to flourish in future PE learning. Through development of these skills, we also aim to educate children on the importance of physical education and the role it plays in maintaining healthy active lives.
We will deliver a broad and balanced skill-based PE curriculum that:
Systematically develop the practical skills required for gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming, invasion games (e.g. hockey), net and wall games (e.g. tennis); and striking and fielding games (e.g. cricket) spanning across the whole primary age range.
Focuses exciting sequences of learning on discrete component skills and applies these to a meaningful composite outcome. For example, in Year 4 gymnastics, children will focus on the component skills of balancing, travelling and rolling, before combining these to create and perform a sequence with a partner.
Promotes the development of essential PE life skills, such as: the importance of cooling down; body awareness; giving peer feedback; measuring; and leadership.
Our PE curriculum is taught according to the following whole school long term plan:
Our children are given motivating and inspiring enrichment opportunities and special experiences to embed essential learning in PE. This enrichment is an essential element of our curriculum offer and encompasses both physical activity and school sport. For example, our children experience:
A range of after school clubs to promote physical activity:
Taking part in inter-school and intra-school competitions
Taking part in multi-skill and multi-sports festivals
Visits from outside agencies and athletes to promote sport within and outside of school
Annual Bikeability course
Enhanced opportunities for physical activity at break times –
Physical activity resources
EYFS opportunities for outdoor provision – e.g. using crates, water play
Sports leadership opportunities:
Junior sports leaders
Residential visit to explore the great outdoors