At The Hill Primary School, we believe that Physical Education within school can inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other, physically demanding activities. We encourage young people to be motivated to adopt a healthy lifestyle and foster positive values such as fairness and respect towards others. The school believes that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, makes a vital and unique contribution to a pupil’s physical development, emotional health, and overall well-being.
At The Hill, we are dedicated to fostering a lifelong love for sport and physical activity in our pupils. Through our Physical Education curriculum, we aim to instill in them a passion for staying active and healthy, while also nurturing essential life values that will guide them on their journey to becoming well-rounded individuals. Our PE curriculum is designed to go beyond physical exercise; it serves as a platform for teaching and reinforcing the core values that are integral to our school's ethos. Kindness, respect, curiosity, and honesty are qualities we actively cultivate in our students through the lens of good sportsmanship and teamwork in games.
We aspire to provide every child with access to a wide variety of sports, with further opportunity to participate in competitive and non-competitive sporting experiences. PE at our school aims to support children’s health and fitness, while enabling them to develop their own physical confidence. This embodies our school motto ‘Growing Good People.’ We recognise the positive impact of physical activity on mental health, productivity and motivation which is why we prioritise high-quality teaching and learning opportunities in PE.
Our PE curriculum is based on an enhanced model of the Early Years Framework and the National Curriculum with a clear progression structure from Reception to Year 6. This progression of skills has been planned in order to build on the skills needed to meet the end of Key Stage objectives in the National Curriculum.
Our curriculum intention is to enable all children to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of physical education; to enjoy their learning; to be resilient and consistently strive to give their best efforts at all times to achieve their potential.
The PE curriculum is taught through the use of the GetSet4PE which is in-line with the National Curriculum, and is used to aid teaching staff in their subject knowledge and planning of PE. Teachers are able to adjust and change lessons to suit the needs of their classes but the scheme provides a strong basis of what is expected in each year group. Lessons are carefully sequenced, with clear opportunities for extra challenge so that learning is differentiated for all abilities. Our PE progression map ensures that the PE requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met from EYFS to Year 6 and that there is clear progression across knowledge and skills.
Each child receives two lessons of PE each week, which are carefully planned and mapped out to ensure a broad and full range of skills and activities are covered. These lessons are taught by class teachers or specialised sports coaches. Within each lesson, children are given the opportunity to practise skills in a variety of ways and each lesson builds upon the previous skills, allowing them time to embed it. Different skills are recapped throughout, and across, the years, each time they are being built upon; allowing children to know more and remember more.
At The Hill, we emphasise the importance of inclusion for all children regardless of sporting ability. Therefore, we aim to provide a wide range of sporting opportunities outside of competitive sports including: sponsored sporting events such as the KS1 Bikeathon and scootathon; residential OAA experience for Year 6 pupils and a range of extra-curricular clubs including yoga. All children have access to the P.E. curriculum through activities, resources and equipment being tailored appropriately for children with SEND. Children learn through similar activities, with final outcomes modified to suit all needs.
In addition to the non-competitive opportunities, children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area such as athletics, football, cross country, rounders and tag rugby tournaments. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children.
Children in Year 5 are provided with swimming lessons taught Queen Anne’s swimming pool, where they are taught by qualified swimming instructors to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of 25m using a range of strokes.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in EYFS to have an understanding of health and self-care and have developed their movement and handling skills by the end of the academic year.
We help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE.
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