Our aims in teaching Physical Education
At LMPS, we believe that Physical Education (P.E.) is essential to the development of the whole child, through the use and knowledge of the body and its movement. It provides the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and promotes character building, co-operation and self-esteem. Consideration will be given to those with special educational needs, and those who are high performing. We hope to inspire children to form a positive relationship with sport and also encourage children to participate in the extracurricular activities which are offered.
The curriculum at LMPS for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
• develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
• are physically active for sustained periods of time
• engage in competitive sports and activities
• lead healthy, active lives
How Physical Education is taught at Lady Margaret Primary School
PE lessons provide opportunities for children to participate in a range of activities and evaluate their own performance. Children experience a range of opportunities to work individually, in pairs or in groups over time.
• At the beginning of each lesson, the teacher explains the intention of
the lesson and informs as to how the children can be successful in
achieving the lesson aims.
• Lessons then commence with an introduction/warm up to prepare
children physically for exercise.
• There is direct teaching of skills and subsequent skills practice by the
children, under the supervision of the teacher.
• Children are then provided opportunity for children to independently
and cooperatively practice the skill(s), in context (such as a game or
another related area of PE).
• There may then be a celebration and sharing of individual
achievements and a concluding / ‘cool down’ activity’ to prepare
children to return to a normal-state both physically and mentally.
• Finally, lessons end with a closure discussion linking directly back to
the intention and success criteria shared at the beginning. This is an
opportunity for children to reflect on their learning and progress.
Children have access to a minimum of one P.E. lesson a week of 1.5 hours (children come to school in PE kit on PE days so that no PE time is lost). On the four days that children do not have a PE lesson, they participate in the daily mile or another high impact fitness activity. A combination of class teachers and coaches from ‘Fit for Sport’ deliver the PE curriculum. Children attend swimming lessons at the local leisure centre in Year 4. Each class participates in 2 half- terms of weekly lessons. Lessons are taught by specialist swimming instructors who assess the children at the start and end of the swimming course. A curriculum map outlines units of work to be covered each half term throughout the year; this is in accordance with the National Curriculum expectations and ensures appropriate breadth of study. Medium Term Plans (MTP) are then used to ensure progression of skills throughout the school. Assessment of PE is an ongoing process. As each lesson progresses, the teacher carefully observes and assesses, intervening as necessary, to ensure that each child makes the full progress of which they are capable. Lessons are planned to ensure that lessons are fully inclusive and take account of children’s differing needs and physical ability. In addition to his, we conduct a general fitness, speed, agility and hand-eye coordination assessment at the start, middle and end of the year. This allows us to track progress and identify those that show exceptional ability and those that need further support. Extra-curricular activities are offered in a variety of sports throughout the year in response to pupil interests, teacher’s abilities, available resources. We work with a range of outside professionals to ensure our children have access to further opportunities for quality Physical Education provision.
For example, last year we ran a KS2 girls and KS2 boys football club, a KS1 football club, a cricket club (Ks1 & KS2), a dance club (Ks1 & KS2), and a gymnastics club (KS1 & KS2) to name but a few. We also try to provide as many opportunities as we can for those children who excel in sport to compete against other schools. Typically, each year we will enter a girls and boys team in the Peal Shield league and compete against local schools in basketball, cricket and athletics.
By the end of year 6, we want pupils to:
• Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, cricket, football, netball, and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
• Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
• Perform dances using a range of movement patterns
• Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
• Compare their performances with previous on