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Branston Church of England Infant Academy

'The Best We Can Be'

PE

National Curriculum PE Objectives for Key Stage 1

Intent

At Branston Infant Academy, it is our intention to develop a lifelong love of exercise, sport and PE in all children. Through our PE curriculum, we encourage and model a positive and healthy lifestyle, highlighting the importance of both physical and mental health. Within each PE lesson, we strive to give every child the opportunity to develop their skills, consider the impact on their health and fitness, compete/perform and evaluate. The children develop essential, transferrable and lifelong skills like leadership, teamwork and resilience. All lessons are carefully differentiated which helps to ensure that learning is as tailored and inclusive as possible. It is our intention that all children take part in two PE lessons a week, one with their class teacher (Tuesdays) and one with our brilliant Sports Coach from CGS Outreach, Coach Smith (Thursdays). The children will have opportunities throughout the school year to represent Branston Infant Academy and compete against other local schools. We intend for as many children as possible to experience representing their school through sport. Last year, despite it being a difficult academic year, we achieved this therefore we strive to achieve the same this academic year.

 

Implementation

Class teachers are equipped with the subject knowledge required to deliver modern, high-quality teaching and learning opportunities for all areas of the PE National Curriculum. Our overarching aim is for teachers to have the knowledge and skills they need to feel confident in teaching all areas of PE, regardless of their main areas of expertise. The PE subject leader for the school is committed to strengthening and broadening the PE skills of the staff further; the team are looking forward to our Gymnastics sessions with Premier Education scheduled for the Spring Term, and Miss Barker and Mr Thomas are looking forward to their Creative Dance workshop with the Royal Opera House and the exciting opportunities this will create for the children at Branston Infant Academy. Branston Infant Academy value the partnership we have with Coach Smith and the team at CGS Outreach (Lincolnshire Central School Sport Partnership). PE lessons are planned alongside Coach Smith to ensure that children are given the opportunity to practise their existing skills and also build on these to develop new or more advanced skills. As with all other subject lessons, prior learning is always considered and opportunities for revision and practise are built into lessons. This helps build depth to the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in PE. Interwoven into the teaching sequence are opportunities for self, peer and teacher assessment.

 

Impact

All children at Branston Infant Academy develop detailed knowledge and skills across the full breadth of the PE curriculum through engaging and age-appropriate curriculum content. PE lessons are sometimes themed with strong cross-curricular links to other subjects and topics, for example, Dance in Term 2 was linked with the KS1 theme of Dungeons and Dragons. This all helps to make the learning memorable, allowing links to be made and ultimately creating a higher level of engagement and understanding. In a short space of time at Branston Infant Academy, the profile of sport, PE and physical activity has been raised considerably and we now pride ourselves in being a sport-loving school. We are proud that we were finalists for the Active School Award, at the Lincolnshire Sport & Physical Activity Awards 2021! We are continuing to raise the profile of PE in various different ways. Our Sports and Wellbeing Apprentice spends time in all classes and is full of enthusiasm for sport and fitness. His knowledge and skills are valued as he supports all PE lessons during the week and also supports and promotes physical activity at lunch times. Parents can see our passion through the celebration of sporting events in celebration worship each week. We have our own ‘Sports Council’ made up of ten children, two from each class; these children raise the profile of PE within their class and they are special helpers during PE lessons. Where possible, exciting sporting experiences are arranged for the children which sometimes involves PE specialists visiting the school to share their expertise, or visits to other local schools for workshops, tournaments or competitions.

 

EYFS

Little Owls follow the Early Years Statutory Framework, provided by the Department for Education (DFE). The framework sets out the requirement for learning and development within the EYFS and focuses on prime and specific areas. Physical development is one of the prime areas. Physical activity is vital in young children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. By providing play opportunities for both indoors and outdoors, adults can support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination which is later linked to early literacy.

Examples of PE lessons and sporting events at Branston Infant Academy (2021):

PE Curriculum Overview

Term

1

2

3

4

5

6

Topics

Brilliant Branston

Dungeons & Dragons

Amazing Africa

Paws, Claws & Whiskers

Seeds, Soil & Sunshine

Beside the Seaside

Values

Respect

Perseverance

Honesty

Forgiveness

Love

Kindness

Physical Education

 

Athletics

Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching.

Dance

Perform dances using simple movement and patterns. Work with a partner and in a group to perform skilled, story-telling dances to music.

 

Ball sports

Participate in team games involving ball skills and develop simple tactics for attacking and defending. For example; dodgeball, benchball, football.

Gymnastics

Develop balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these. Learn how to use the gymnastics apparatus confidently and safely.

Team games

Apply and build on attacking and defending skills, and basic movements such as running, jumping, throwing and catching, in a range of team games.

For example; rounders, tennis, cricket.

Athletics

Participate in a range of athletics activities in preparation for our Summer events. For example; long jump, javelin, sprinting.

 

Physical Education is a great way of applying our School Values. Respect and Perseverance in particular are very important values when participating in sports, playing in a team, being involved in competitions, developing skills and identifying areas for self improvement.

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