PE AND SPORT
‘A high quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character an help embed values such as fairness and respect’.
DfE Physical Education National Curriculum KS 1 and 2
At Fairfield Primary School we aim to inspire all children to develop a love of and take part in as much physical activity and sport as possible. We aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best when exposed to a variety of different sports. We aim to listen to our children’s wants and needs through our sports leaders, questionnaires and providing them with a range of active experiences and extra- curricular activities. We want to support our children in finding the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as celebrating their own successes and instilling a resilience in them to support one another when they do not win, nurturing a love of sport whatever the outcome may be. It is the taking part, having fun and keeping healthy along the way that counts.
Our delivery of physical education gives an individualised toolkit to all children based on their circumstances to have the skills and mind set to leave primary school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond. We work to open up opportunities to educate both our children and families to develop a greater understanding on how to live healthy lifestyles and make healthier choices. We are dedicated to ensuring healthy minds, as well as bodies and will continue to support our children's well-being, embedding life-long values such as co-operation, collaboration and fairness.
- PE at Fairfield Primary School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; gymnastics, dance, swimming, invasion games, net & wall games, striking and field games, and outdoor & adventure.
- The long term plan sets out the PE units through ‘GetSet4PE’, which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. This is monitored and tracked by the PE team to ensure coverage and skill progression.
- Pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week, covering two sporting disciplines every half term. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities. Lunch time sports clubs are available and children can attend after school sport clubs. These are run by our PE and Sport Specialist, teaching staff and outside agencies, meaning we can offer a broad selection of sports. Furthermore, we aim to promote outside of school clubs and local sporting events for pupils to attend in their free time. We use pupil voice, such as questionnaires and interviews to decide on the extra - curricular activities that we offer our children.
- Children are invited to attend a variety of competitive sporting tournaments within the locality, such as athletics, football, multi sports and tennis. We ensure that we select different children to attend these to ensure inclusivity and fairness. These tournaments also encourage fair play, resilience and team building.
- Each year, the children vote for a ‘Sports Superstar’ in their class. The child selected will attend meetings throughout the year, help to plan and run sports day and promote the importance of PE and Sports in our school.
- Children in Key Stage 2 take part in two 90-minute swimming lessons every year. Some Year 6 pupils will complete additional swimming lessons in summer term to help them to achieve their end of Year 6 targets.
- In October 2021 we installed a running track in our school grounds to encourage the children to be active more during the school day. We are soon to launch the “Daily Mile”, to help meet the government target of all children being active for at least 60 minutes a day.
- Active travel is encouraged, through the use of our WOW school tracker which provides pupils the opportunity to record on a daily basis how they travel to school.
- Children are encouraged to stay active at break and lunch times and can access a variety of equipment to use.
- We also promote a monthly sports person of the month which aims to inspire pupils to follow in the footsteps of their sporting heroes.
- We encourage healthy competition and resilience through intra events, the last lesson of a half term will be a competition between the three classes involving a skill that they have worked on throughout that half term. To give the children an opportunity to demonstrate their new skills.
At Fairfield Primary School, we ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. We follow ‘GetSet4PE’ across the school to ensure clear progression and key skills are embedded. Each area of PE has a progression ladder, from EYFS to Year 6. Through our PE knowledge mats, children are taught key vocabulary year on year to deepen their understanding of PE and promote Physical Literacy skills. We ensure children know and fully understand the importance of being active both for our physical and mental health. We instil a love of sport and physical activity in our children which we hope becomes part of their future life outside of Fairfield.
We provide our children with a plethora of inter and intra sporting opportunities to promote resilience, respect and fairness. Alongside this, we share sporting achievements both in and out of school, so that we are promoting sports as well as celebrating all levels of success. We inspire our children with visits from sports people such as Beth Tweddle and Paul Sturgess which has encouraged our children to try different sports and build self-esteem and confidence.
‘Keeping active and taking part in sport is important for children’s personal development as well as being important for their mental and physical health. Sport and physical activity can boost our ability to cope with challenges and our resilience.’
DFE, National Curriculum
PE and Sport Lead: Gemma McNicholas and Ross Mackie