At Ark Priory Primary Academy, we strive to provide a PE curriculum that pupils from Reception to Year 6 not just enjoy, but also to allows them to experience a range of activities that help development of health, fitness and wellbeing. We aim to offer an excellent physical education curriculum that stimulates all pupils to endeavour, succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It creates opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness, the opportunity to compete in sport and other activities, build character and help to embed values such as fair play and respect.
As part of the EYFS statutory framework pupils are taught:
Physical development: involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement.
Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in small and big movements. They move confidently in a variety of ways, safely using space. They handle equipment and tools carefully and effectively.
Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Physical education: children learn how to work together as a team and individually learning new activities which help develop their gross motor skills.
Key stage 1
Pupils develop crucial movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They can engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Pupils are taught to:
- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities;
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending;
- perform dances using simple movement patterns).
Key stage 2 Pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Pupils are taught to:
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination;
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis];
- 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 ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
Each year group, starting from Reception, are given the opportunity to develop survival skills in water through swimming one term per year.
Children at Ark Priory Primary Academy understand the importance of PE and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and how this can be achieved. By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. Children will achieve age related expectations by the end of each year group, through high quality teaching and consistency through the subject progression map. This allows children to know more, remember more and be confident in their sporting skills and vocabulary.