PE and Games
‘Physical Education is the physical and personal development of a child and the ability to acquire and perform new knowledge and skills exceptionally well.’
Intent: What do we aspire for our children in physical education at The Epiphany School?
The Epiphany School delivers a high-quality PE provision that engages, motivates and inspires all children to have a life-long involvement in sport and physical activity, with a clear knowledge and understanding of the benefits associated with this. Whilst great importance is placed on skill acquisition and improvement, our approach is underpinned by a holistic approach to child development, understanding that the physical, personal, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the child are all interconnected. Our aim is to ensure that children of all attainment levels leave us with the confidence and enthusiasm to participate in physical activity, as well as a passion for a specific sport that they enjoy and can excel in.
Implementation: How do we deliver our physical education curriculum?
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Physical Education forms part of the learning children acquire under the umbrella of Physical Development. Research shows that physical development contributes to the progress of both cognitive and social skills, therefore at The Epiphany School we value the significance of supporting children to develop physically as soon as they start school. Children have regular opportunities to build their gross motor skills through the outdoor environment including use of the pirate ship structure, playground and the Wrens’ area. Fine motor skills are also developed indoors and outdoors through planned learning.
All children in Years 1-6 will participate in a Games lesson and a PE lesson each week. Games lessons cover a range of sports that fall under the following four areas: invasion games, net games, striking and fielding, and athletics. PE lessons focus on gymnastics, dance and swimming. PE lessons are delivered by a Specialist Teacher who has an in-depth subject knowledge and past experience as a professional sportsman. At The Epiphany School we take a flexible approach to planning for our PE provision and we adapt our plans dependent on the needs of the children. Our PE Curriculum is delivered with the support of ‘Complete PE’ schemes of work.
The core principles of the PE provision at The Epiphany School are:
- Providing opportunities for high levels of physical activity
- Acquiring and improving skills and knowledge (physical and cognitive)
- Teaching the importance of health and well-being
- Providing opportunities to represent the school in team sports
It is made clear to the children which of these 4 principles apply to their learning. The children understand and can explain what they are doing and why they are doing it.
In line with our whole school curriculum intent, key concepts are embedded and developed throughout our Physical Education curriculum.
The Epiphany School takes great pride in its participation with the Bournemouth School Sports Programme. Our commitment is 50% competition and 50% sport for all. In 2021/22 we were awarded a Gold award in the School Games Mark in recognition for our level of commitment and engagement in the School Games programme. This year (2022/23), we will have a higher number of children than ever representing the school across a wide range of activities. Careful thought and consideration is always taken when selecting the children who will represent the school at these events, whether it be competitive, participation, SEN or activities to build confidence. We believe that ensuring children attend events that are right for them is key to their enjoyment and development.
There are 3 main intra-school sporting events that The Epiphany School run. These are: KS1 & KS2 Sports Day; Whole School Cross-Country (on and off-site); KS2 Team Sports. Although these events are scored, the over-riding focus is participation and fun. Children feel prepared for these events and proud to represent the school. Parents are welcomed into the school to spectate for all these events to celebrate successes with their children. For parents, children and staff these events are highlights of the school year.
Impact: How do we know our curriculum is effective?
- High Quality Outcomes: Pupils should be articulate and knowledgeable about their learning. Children can reflect on both their own and others’ learning within lessons, discussing key strengths and areas for improvement.
- Assessment: Assessment will take place in line with the school’s assessment policy. Teachers should assess pupils’ understanding throughout teaching and plan subsequent teaching and learning in response to this. Assessment will vary from teacher observation or questioning, to performance activities.
- Monitoring: Monitoring activities may include pupil interviews, informal discussion with staff, examination of planning and learning walks in order to assess the effectiveness of the PE curriculum in meeting the intent.
- Long Term Plan for PE EYFS & KS1
- Long Term Plan for PE Lower KS2
- Long Term Plan for PE Upper KS2
- Long Term Plan for Games EYFS & KS1
- Long Term Plan for Games Lower KS2
- Long Term Plan for Games Upper KS2