The National Curriculum states that all children should receive a high-quality physical education curriculum which inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It goes on to explain that our curriculum should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness as well as competing in competitive situations to build character and embed values such as fairness and respect.
At Burnhope Primary School all children in KS1 and KS2 complete at least 2 hours of quality PE each week over three afternoons with a PE Leader, which includes a class rotation taking swimming lessons each term. The children in KS1 begin learning basic fundamental movement skills outlined in the National Curriculum which include;
- mastering 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
- participating in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- performing dances using simple movement patterns.
In KS2 the children begin to implement those skills in sporting games and activities whilst learning the rules needed to play. In addition, upper KS2 children spend time developing leadership roles in PE as we have mixed age classes, this allows them time to share and reflect on their own PE skills. These skills include;
- using running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- playing competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- developing flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
- performing dances using a range of movement patterns
- taking part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- comparing their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
By the end of KS2 children at Burnhope Primary School are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study according to the National Curriculum. We want all children to leave our school with the knowledge and ambition to then develop their understanding of competitive sports and the skills required to play them. We want children to leave our school with a love of sport. This year we have achieved a Gold School Games Award which was a brilliant achievement for the school and the children. The award was given due to our efforts to ensure all children in our school receive high quality PE lessons which exceed the time suggested and required within the national curriculum.
In our recent Ofsted Inspection (January 2019) it was noted as a strength that:
- Pupils enjoy, and are successful in, learning across a wide range of subjects. The curriculum is well designed and is regularly adapted to meet pupils’ needs.