The intent of our PE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the development of every child’s ability and achievement in the area of PE enabling them to know more about physical activity and keeping healthy. Our curriculum plan falls in line with external inter-school competitions and is a progressive unit of lessons each term building on basic skills week by week resulting in intra-school competitions. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at St Clare’s not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and leadership and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our intent is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives. We want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles. All children are given equal opportunities to participate in physical activities and take on leadership roles within the lesson. It is our aim to ensure every child is given the opportunity to take part in an extra- curricular sporting activity every year and barriers which may hinder those are removed to ensure equality for all children.
Throughout the year staff will receive CPD from a specialist teacher in order to develop confidence and knowledge of the PE curriculum. PE is delivered for a minimum of 2 hours every week 1 session by our PE specialist and the other by the class teaching building upon the skills and ideas delivered in their CPD lesson. Resources are replenished and monitored to ensure there is an adequate amount to support teaching. Skills are built upon year by year and are monitored using our foundation assessment grid in line with the national curriculum. To broaden and expand children’s opportunities and to ensure physical education is accessible to all children, a sports week will be held annually to allow children to take part in new sports they wouldn’t ordinarily have access to and it is an opportunity to involve parents in sporting activities.
Children in KS2 are taught key skills in swimming through lessons. Within these lessons, children are taught to become effective swimmers in a
variety of strokes, enabling them to swim at least 25 metres confidently. Children are also taught key water-safety skills in which they can
perform safe, self-rescues in different water based situations.