PE at Audley aims to develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing in our children now and for their future. Physical fitness is an important part of leading a healthier lifestyle. 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.
It is our intent to teach children life skills that will positively impact on their future. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical activities. 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. Pupils participate in weekly high quality PE and sporting activities. Our PE programme incorporates a variety of sports to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities before, during and after school, in addition to competitive sporting events. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being.
All children receive two hours of physical education a week. These lessons are delivered either by class teachers or specialist PE coaches, who have expert knowledge and are extensively trained in the areas of the curriculum they teach.
Why is PE taught the way we teach it?
PE is a major part of Audley’s curriculum. It provides pupils with the opportunity to learn how to be successful participants in physical activity and take part in new sports. P.E at our school helps our children to understand what physical activity looks like, feels like, and how with practice they are able to improve their individual and team performance to reach high quality outcomes. The whole school will begin to experience a range of gymnastics, dance and games activities. They will be able to demonstrate basic movements and begin to link skills together to work towards an intended outcome. They will start to understand the requirements of working within different group dynamics.
By the time pupils reach years 5 and 6 they will have a deep and varied PE experience. They will be able to call upon an extensive range of skills and link these together to perform more complex movements and tasks. They will have the confidence to work well within a variety of group dynamics and apply tactical and strategical thinking in a range of contexts under pressure. Pupils will be able evaluate their own performance and that of others.
What makes Audley’s coverage/approach to PE effective?
Lessons are planned to cover the national curriculum themes of athletics, dance, gymnastics, OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities) and games (net &wall, invasion and striking & fielding). The curriculum considers the importance of both the breadth and depth of learning. There is an 1 hour sessions for each class. The class teachers delivers a broader PE lesson which covers a range of aspects from all topic areas including dance, gymnastics and games. Class teachers are supported with the Val Sabin Scheme for the whole subject. Lessons usually begin with a warmup related to the topic, skill development, main activity, and concluding activity. There are progressive learning objectives linked to the national curriculum with expected learning outcomes and continuous skill development. There are suggested differentiated activities and pupils are able to self assess. There are suggested cross-curricular links and extension activities. Staff have received CPD training in 2017 and a follow up in 2019 on Val Sabin gymnastics. There are opportunities to extend and challenge individual pupils and provide support for others. Lessons may be taught in isolation or linked over a number of weeks.
What do we want an Audley pupil to know/have experienced/be able to do before they leave Year 6, with regard to PE?
An Audley pupil’s experience should provide a depth of learning in a positive and engaging environment. Basic underlying principles and skills will have been practised and opportunities to develop these into more complex processes. Pupils will be confident to try new things and take risks. They will be able to make quick decisions and choices when planning tasks or performances. They will have a range of strategies for solving problems and show resilience to keep going when they find things difficult. Pupils will understand the benefits of working in different group dynamics. They will have the confidence to lead and support others. They will understand the importance of physical activity in a wider context and possess the skills and enthusiasm to develop their learning further. They will take part in a range of less familiar sport. Teachers will have more confidence in delivering the whole curriculum through CPD support and advice and training from the PE Lead.
Key stage 1 (Year 1 and 2)
Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be taught to:
- Master 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
- Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- Perform dances using simple movement patterns.
Key stage 2 (Years 3 – 6)
Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.