Physical Education Overview
Physical Education Mission Statement at Ley Top Primary School
At Ley Top Primary School, the intent of teaching Physical Education (PE) is to foster a positive and inclusive environment where children can develop their physical literacy. Through engaging activities and games, we aim to promote a lifelong appreciation for physical activity and overall well-being, encouraging children to lead an active and healthy lifestyle both within and outside the school setting.
We also strive to provide opportunities for children to learn, play and master sports and activities that they may never have encountered before. By implementing a broad curriculum that includes a diverse range of sports, we aim to broaden their horizons and cultivate a sense of curiosity and exploration. Through exposure to different sports, we hope to inspire a passion for physical activity that extends beyond the classroom, empowering our children to discover new interests and talents they might not have discovered otherwise.
Providing opportunities for children to participate in competitive tournaments against other local schools is a valuable and enriching experience, allowing our children to develop physically, alongside emotionally and mentally. This, combined with the competitive opportunities in PE lessons, will allow all children to develop holistically.
Combining all the above ensures that PE at Ley Top Primary School creates an enjoyable and engaging experience for all our children, with an aim of preparing and supporting them towards healthy and active lifestyle choices to benefit their future mental and physical well-being.
PE at Ley Top Primary School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting games and activities: fundamental and ball skills, invasion games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor & adventure. The long-term plan outlines the PE units, which are taught throughout the year, and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met.
Children participate in one two-hour high quality PE lesson each week, covering two sporting disciplines every half term. An expert sports coach teaches each PE lesson. The progression in skills and knowledge covered in each unit is outlined in the PE progression of skills document. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities. Lunchtime sport activities are available each day and children can attend after/before school sport clubs 4 days per week.
The curriculum for PE is delivered throughout the whole school and repetition of sports/activities through the spiral curriculum in KS2 allows children to refine and further their skills that they have already learnt previously. This allows the children to transfer skills learnt in one activity/sport and relate it to another, always building upon what they have learnt or skills acquired.
During the Autumn term, children in Year 4 will attend swimming lessons at a local pool. They attend daily swimming lessons teaching them how to swim, how to become stronger swimmers and water safety.
The impact of the PE curriculum is that the children will meet their age-related expectations in Physical Education and be able to transfer these skills into other sports and everyday activities. PE is taught as a basis for lifelong learning, where the children have access to a wide range of activities in the belief that if taught well and the children are allowed to succeed, then they will continue to have a physically active life. It is hoped that physical education will ignite a love of sport and physical activity, so that our children will seek extra-curricular sporting opportunities provided by the school and potentially local clubs.
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We provide opportunities for children to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
Children are inspired to instinctively utilise skills and knowledge acquired during PE lessons, encouraging them to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, leading to a happy and healthy life. Our PE curriculum ensures that children of all abilities can engage in physical activity whilst excelling at their own rate in a non-pressurised environment. Therefore, children who are perceived as having low ability or have low motivation are able to still engage and grow in confidence, which will contribute to them leading a healthy lifestyle.
Children who excel in PE are also provided a clear pathway to excel in their talents through a variety of highly competitive sporting competitions/events. This provides them with greater opportunities to showcase their exceptional talents with the aim of them potentially being recognised regionally.
Long Term Plan