What is the intent of our PE curriculum?
At Pearl Hyde Primary School we recognise the importance of Physical Education (PE) and aim to develop a fun, inclusive and high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to lead a more sustained active and healthy lifestyle. We achieve this through adhering to the aims of the National Curriculum for PE to ensure that all children:
Our aim is to provide children with a positive and motivating experience in PE, which will allow all children to become more physically confident. At Pearl Hyde, we do this by providing children with the opportunity to participate in a broad and balanced range of sports to help develop children’s Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) and maintain health and fitness. Our intention is to also provide children with opportunities to develop values that align with our school values of Teamwork, Integrity, Respect, Enjoyment and Discipline.
How do we implement our PE curriculum?
All children undertake two sessions of PE a week; one session delivered by teachers and one session delivered by sports coaches. This includes swimming and lunchtime sports sessions.
The PE curriculum is implemented through the use of Get Set for PE resources, which are in line with the National Curriculum and used to support teaching staff with their subject knowledge and lesson planning. Teachers are able to adjust and change the lessons provided to suit the needs of the cohort of children using the STEP principle.
In each lesson, children are given the opportunity to practise skills in a variety of ways and each lesson builds upon previous skills, allowing them time to embed it. The clear progression of skills allows children to practice them and use them in a range of different contexts. This happens across all year groups and is built upon as children move through school. This progression can be seen through motor competence; rules, strategies and tactics and healthy participation. Each strand of PE is filled with subject-specific vocabulary that children are exposed to and encouraged to use throughout their PE journey to develop their declarative (knowing what) and procedural (knowing how) knowledge. Lessons are adapted to ensure they are inclusive so that all children including those with Special Educational Needs are able to meet the aims of the curriculum.
Even though it is not statutory, we provide children in Reception with stand-alone PE lessons because as a school we feel it is important to provide children with clear opportunities to develop their FMS.
What is the impact of our PE curriculum?
Our aim is to improve the well-being and fitness of all children through a positive and motivating experience of PE, which will allow all children to become more physically confident. At Pearl Hyde Primary School, we aim to achieve this through the skills children are taught as well as the underpinning values and disciplines that PE promotes.
Children at Pearl Hyde Primary School are eager to attend after-school clubs and take part in competitive intra and inter-school competitions. Through feedback in lessons, the use of technology to review performance and half-termly assessments children at Pearl Hyde Primary School are increasingly able to make good progress with their physical education.
Swimming and water safety have been a statutory element of the national curriculum for physical education in England since 1994. This means that every 11-year-old child should leave primary school with the skills to keep themselves safe while enjoying swimming with friends and family.
All primary schools must provide swimming and water safety lessons in either Key Stage 1 or 2. At Pearl Hyde, we offer swimming lessons to children in Years 3 and 4.
Each pupil is required to be able to do the following:
As well as PE lessons children throughout, the children are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular sporting activities. These include football, table tennis, basketball, cricket, tennis, multi-sports and cross country. These sessions are run by our Sport Coaches throughout the year giving a large number of pupils the opportunity to take part.
We have made links with Ascension Dance who provide dance sessions for our KS2 pupils. Other links we have made are with Neil Guest Heart of England Taekwondo and Coventry and North Warwickshire Tennis Club. By making these links it gives the pupils a great opportunity to get involved with clubs outside of school and we hope to inspire them to carry their love of sport with them throughout the rest of their lives.
Children at Pearl Hyde can use the skills learnt in PE lessons and apply them to inter-school competitions. Pearl Hyde Primary School takes part in a variety of competitions organised by Coventry School Games and other organisations such as CV Life; these include, Tag Rugby, Gymnastics, Dodgeball, Rowing, Table Tennis and many others. All children in school are also given the opportunity to represent their school house in intra-school competitions and sports day; during these events, children enjoy cheering on their peers showing great respect and sportsmanship to all.
Our PE Kit
On the days the children have PE lessons, they are expected to wear their PE kit in place of school uniform. This cuts down on changing time, ensures personal privacy and allows effective use of active learning time. Please ensure that any kit is clearly named and any jewellery is removed; this includes watches and stud earrings, especially when the children swim. Every child will need the following PE kit.
The kit can be bought from supermarkets or other children’s outfitters. Please check out sizing carefully as the age band sizing may come up a bit small on some children. A change of footwear can be brought to school in a named bag when trainers may get muddy during outdoor PE sessions.