“Embracing our values today… to be a successful part of the world tomorrow!”
Physical Education (PE)
The Intent, Implementation and Impact of our PE Curriculum.
PE at South Farnborough aims to develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing in our children now and for their future. We recognise the importance of PE and the role it has to play in promoting long term, healthy lifestyles. It teaches self-discipline and that to be successful you must work hard, show resilience and have the determination to believe that anything can be achieved. Physical Education provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive, co-operative and face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. A varied curriculum is in place to support this, with activities including: dance, gymnastics, athletics, games, swimming and water safety and outdoor adventure activities.
It is our intent at South Farnborough to teach children life skills that will positively impact on their future. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical activities. We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. 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.
We are dedicated to ensuring healthy minds as well as healthy bodies and continue to support our children’s wellbeing.
Through the teaching of PE, South Farnborough Junior School aims to:
- Develop positive attitudes and high levels of enjoyment and enthusiasm for physical activity and sport. We aim for our pupils to have a keen interest in PE - a willingness to participate eagerly and make informed choices about engaging in extracurricular physical activity and sport, now and in the future.
- Encourage children to be physically active for sustained periods of time and have an understanding of the importance of physical activity and leading a healthy lifestyle.
- Develop children’s knowledge, skill and understanding- through clear progression- so that they can perform with increasing confidence and competence in a broad range of physical activities.
- Provide opportunities for pupils to engage and succeed in competitive sports and activities.
- Develop an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success.
- Provide opportunities for pupils to learn to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances (of their own and others’) in order to improve their quality and effectiveness.
- Ensure that pupils understand the need for safe practice in physical activities and know how to achieve this.
- Enable children to understand the importance of a warm-up and cool down and to teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise.
- Encourage positive attitudes including perseverance, respect, fair play and sporting behaviour, and the ability to cope with success and failure.
Our PE programme incorporates a variety of physical activity to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses.
- Pupils at South Farnborough participate in two sessions of high quality PE and sporting activities per week.
- We develop children’s experiences and understanding of physical education by providing children with memorable learning opportunities within school, afterschool and within the wider community. For example, Sports Day, inter-house competitions, lunch time and after-school clubs and interschool competitions as well as special calendar events such as Sports Relief.
- Through Hampshire School Games, and strong links with local schools, we provide our children with the opportunity to participate in an extensive range of festivals and tournaments at both intra and inter school levels. We keep registers of children who attend clubs, festivals and tournaments to ensure the majority of children participate in a broad range of activities.
- Where possible, PE is linked to themed weeks and events to broaden the children’s understanding of physical activity within the world and different cultures. For example, learning Spanish dancing in Spanish Week.
- Healthy food is promoted through our well-balanced menu for pupils to choose from and only allowing healthy snacks to be eaten during playtime. This is enhanced through our science curriculum where pupils are taught about the need for the right types and amount of nutrition. Children are also taught to recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function.
- Within lessons, key concepts are presented clearly so that they are embedded in the long-term memory and over-learning is prevalent. Vocabulary is revised and revisited the next lesson.
- Within P.E lessons, children will adopt many different roles such as a performer, teacher, coach, umpire and leader.
- In PE lessons, teachers reference how exercise helps the body in different ways to develop children’s understanding of the effect of physical activity and its lifelong benefits.
- Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to be a young leader where they model imperative qualities such as sportsmanship, organisational and leadership, both within school and interschool festivals.
- Year 6 pupils also have the opportunity to take on the role of daily mile monitor for LKS2- a daily role to increase physical activity during lunchtime.
- Teachers are encouraged to use active brain breaks during school time involving short vigorous aerobic activity. Pupils are often involved in choosing and leading these.
- Children are given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by leading PE warm ups and activities. They take on many roles such as umpiring/ referring and are teachers/ coaches in paired and small group activities.
- Target children are identified in year 3 and 4 with an invitation multi-skills club (afterschool) to support the development of their balance, agility and coordination.
- The sports premium money is used to provide resources, equipment and additional opportunities (assessed by what is needed for our school and pupils) to ensure sustainable improvements to the quality of PE, physical activity and sport at South Farnborough.
- CPD opportunities are provided to develop teacher expertise and to improve the teaching and learning in PE. Learning walks are carried out by the subject lead to ensure that the teaching is high quality, along with support and development of teaching in PE, leading to greater impact on pupil learning and attainment.
At South Farnborough, our Physical Education curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We ensure our Physical Education curriculum allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. Children are given opportunities to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Pupils are taught that you are not always able to win in sport and other areas of life, but with perseverance, commitment and a desire to improve, you can reach your own personal best.
Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at South Farnborough, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful, you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our impact is, therefore, to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives. Pupils understand and implement the values of sport such as the importance of fair play, respect, honesty, self-belief, and being a good sportsperson. They are able to apply these to sporting events as well as other areas of their lives.
Pupils leave SFJS with the knowledge of how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise. They understand that sport and physical activity should be enjoyed as part of an active, healthy lifestyle. When asked, a child can give an example of how someone could stay healthy.
Our vision if for pupils to enjoy PE and develop a love of sport, and physical activity, that they pursue outside of school and in future life outside of school.
We participate in the School Games Marks award each year, last year achieving silver standard.
Pupil voice is imperative. The PE subject lead meets with the sports council to gain feedback and hold discussions about their learning as a means to further develop the subject area.
Teachers assess children’s work in physical education by making assessments as they observe the children working during lessons and at the end of a unit during their performance or competition. We hold half-termly intra competitions in school to observe the skills taught throughout the current sequence of learning. Teachers record the progress made by children using progress statements and learning expectations. These can be used to enable the teacher to make an annual assessment of overall progress for a child when writing annual reports for parents. We strive to ensure that our pupil’s attainment is in line with, or exceeds their potential. We intend that by the end of their
time with us, all children will have achieved the National Curriculum objectives with some achieving beyond these, making good or better progress.