At Pinewood Infant School, our curriculum is inclusive and allows all pupils to access a range of physical activities which enables our pupils to be physically active. We ensure all pupils are willing to practice and take part in different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams, applying skills to achieve high levels of performance. Physical Education at Pinewood will develop pupil’s physical literacy and allows them to learn about themselves, the importance of healthy lifestyles, self-expression, decision making and social skill. We encourage pupils to be active throughout a P.E lesson and employ creativity and imagination in their techniques, tactics and chorography. Our pupils will know how to collaborate and cooperate as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equality of play to embed life-long values.
Pinewood Infant School provides a PE curriculum which carefully plan for progression and depth of skills through series of lessons. In KS1, pupils take part in two sessions of physical activity each week which provide challenge and enjoyable learning by using a range of sporting activities such as: games, net and wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics and dance. Where possible children will make cross curricular links to other subjects for example Outdoor Adventurous Activities can be seen within the Geography curriculum; and exploring themes and rhythm of music within Dance. The EYFS has one formal PE session a week alongside the environmental physical environment of the EY curriculum. This focuses on fundamental movement skills, whereas KS1 move into more specific skills for sports and apply these in game situations.
Pupils are taught about how to handle equipment and move safely within gymnastics and games. Within lessons, there is an emphasis on pupils being able to achieve their personal best, building resilience. Pupils are taught how to play fairly, creating a sense of teamwork, friendship and respect.
Subject vocabulary is displayed and reinforced by teachers, giving the pupil’s the correct terminology to carefully critique their own and other’s performance. Children are at the forefront and have direct impact on their learning within the lesson through pupil voice. They are given opportunities to work as experts in a variety of sports to ensure they are given chances to demonstrate good practice as well as the teacher modelling.
Staff are regularly given opportunities to take part in internal and external CPD opportunities (using a sports coach) to ensure that a quality provision is continuous. Long Term Plans are used to set out units that are to be taught and ensure that the National Curriculum objectives are fully met. To support the planning of and delivery of high quality teaching in Early Years Solent is used. Within individual lessons the learning is differentiated in order to meet the needs of all pupils.
Pupils are given opportunities to take part in activities outside of their normal physical education lessons. There are extra-curricular clubs for pupils to attend which have a focus on multi-skills and dance. In addition, the pupils are given opportunities to compete against each other in a controlled and safe manner, namely through Sports Day. Our lunch supervisors also support the pupils to be physical and provide the pupils with guided games and a structured multi-skill session with a sports coach once a week.
There are many ways we can measure the pupils’ progress within Physical Education:
Children by the end of KS1 should be competent in the core skills and to be physically ready for KS2 physical education.