The National Curriculum 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
Intent: what are we trying to achieve?
At Norwood Primary School we understand the importance of Physical Education on pupils physical, mental and social wellbeing. We aim to instil a love of being physical active which pupils can take into later life. Every year group across the school will spend a half-term focusing on the importance of being healthy and will look at ways in which they can make changes to adopt a more active lifestyle.
Physical Education is a chance for pupils who do not enjoy being in the classroom to showcase what they can do. As well as improving fitness, it teaches respect, discipline, team work, communication skills and resilience which are all vital skills in all areas of the curriculum.
Implementation: How is the curriculum being delivered?
Our Curriculum has been designed in order to provide pupils with a wide range of experiences in the hope that all pupils will be able to find the sport that they love. In addition to this, pupils experience disabled sports such as Boccia. We want them to see how inclusive Sport can be.
Sports taught are repeated across year groups and skills taught in KS1 are able to be adapted to various game situations in KS2. Pupil voice is key in deciding the sports that are covered and for this reason, the curriculum is able to be adapted year on year.
As well the physical side of PE, all pupils across KS1 and 2 have a PE book to further embed their learning and understanding of certain sports. Pupils evaluate their performances and often carry out some research into the origins and the rules of the sports before taking part in PE lessons. These books also allow pupils to think about the need to be active and the impact that exercise can have on our minds and bodies.
At Norwood Primary School we aim to:
- Instill a love for being physically active through ensuring that our pupils experience a wide range of sports in order to find the one that they fall in love with.
- Provide our pupils with an understanding of the need to be fit and healthy which leads to them making better choices in the future.
- Develop fundamental movement skills, becoming increasingly competent and confident across a range of sports.
- Experience both competitive and non-competitive game play.
- Teach pupils how to win with grace and be gracious in defeat
- Support pupils in evaluating their own and others performances in order to improve.
- Encourage teamwork, communication, cooperation, perseverance and sportsmanship to then be taken not only into a sporting situation but any event in life.
Impact - What differences is our curriculum having?
Physical Education at Norwood Primary school provides pupils with not only the enjoyment of activity but also the reasons behind its importance. Pupils understand why they need to do regular exercise and keen to do what they can to achieve this.
Physical Education will promote British Values by promoting respect and democracy.
PE will help pupils develop a Growth Mindset through practice and perseverance. It teaches the importance of respecting others, being humble in victory and gracious in defeat. It promotes the need for discipline and sticking to rules. All that is taught and learnt through Physical Education can be taken back into the classroom and built upon.
Indoor PE kit consists of a plain white t-shirt and plain black shorts. Often pupils will be in bare feet for these lessons unless a child in the class has an infection on their foot. In these cases, all pupils in the class would be expected to either wear black plimsolls of trainers.
Outdoor PE kit consists of the same plain white t-shirt and plain black shorts that pupils wear for indoor PE but in the colder month’s pupils are encouraged to wear more layers. In these instances, pupils should wear a plain black or grey jumper (no hoods or zips due to health and safety reasons) and plain black or grey tracksuit bottoms. Trainers or plimsolls can be worn outside.
All jewellery needs to be removed prior to the lesson and earrings need to be taken out by the pupils themselves. If these cannot be removed, these must be covered with either tape or plasters supplied by home.
Hair must be tied back.
Pupils who do not have their kit with them will not be able to physically take part in lessons.
SOKE Cluster Opportunities
As Norwood Primary School is part of the SOKE Cluster of schools, every year group, gets the opportunity to participate in a competition at Arthur Mellows Village College. These events are usually an opportunity for pupils to take part with pupils from others schools and learn new skills in a range if sports. In addition to this, a selection of pupils in KS2 get the opportunity to participate competitively against other local primary schools in sports such as orienteering, football, netball, hockey, athletics and cross-country.
When restrictions allow, a selection of pupils from each class compete in the Mat Warn Cup. The sport in which pupils compete changes year-on-year and the winning year group from each match gets to keep the cup in their classroom.
Pupils are given the chance to compete and earn points for their houses across the year in inter-house competitions. Sports Day is another event in which houses compete in order to win the cup.
Every year group takes part in the Daily Mile at least three times a week. This will either take place on our Daily Mile track around the playground or on our school field. Across the year classes are set challenges to reach different destinations such as Disneyland and Lego Land.
Race for Life
As a school we like to raise money for the brilliant charity – Cancer Research UK. Pupils will also come to school dressed in various shades of pink and aim to complete as many laps of the school field as possible.
The curriculum clearly states that all pupils within either KS1 or KS2 must receive swimming and water safety lessons. All pupils are required to:
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water based situations
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- Use a range of strokes effectively, for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke.
At Norwood Primary school, we provide this opportunity for pupils in KS2 and this year it is Years 4 and 5 that will go swimming. Due to Covid, these two year groups missed out, and so we are catching up with these year groups first. We use the facilities at Jack Hunt and pupils travel to and from the venue on a coach, accompanied by Norwood Staff. Each year groups will receive between 6-7 lessons.