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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 C of E 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 (Thursdays). The children will have opportunities throughout the school year to represent Branston C of E Infant Academy and compete against other local schools. It is our intention that 100% of children will represent the school in a sporting event. 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 PE lessons, 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. All teachers and teaching assistants joined in with a Rise Gymnastics session with Premier Education in the Spring Term. Miss Barker and Mr Thomas have been busy with Creative Dance workshops with the Royal Opera House - they enjoyed running a 'Creative Dance Club' in the Spring Term and were so impressed with the brilliant dancers from KS1 that took part and created an imaginative dance that told the story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Branston C of E Infant Academy value the partnership we have with the team at CGS Outreach (Lincolnshire Central School Sport Partnership). PE lessons are planned alongside our coach 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 C of E Infant Academy develop detailed knowledge and skills across the full breadth of the PE curriculum through engaging and age-appropriate lessons. 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 Dungeons and Dragons theme, and Gymnastics in Term 4 was linked with the KS1 Paws, Claws and Whiskers theme. 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 C of E 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. He supports all PE lessons during the week and also supports and promotes physical activity at break and lunch times. Parents can see our passion through the celebration of sporting events in celebration worship each week. We have our own ‘Sports Crew’ made up of 16 children; there are 4 in each class in KS1 and 4 across EYFS. They wear a special Sports Crew t-shirt, provided by the school, on PE days so that they can be easily identified. These children raise the profile of PE within their class and they are special helpers during PE lessons.

 

EYFS

Little Owls also take part in two PE lessons each week. In addition to this, a huge part of their everyday provision promotes physical development. Little Owls follow the Early Years Statutory Framework, provided by the Department for Education (DFE): Physical development is one of the prime areas of learning. By providing play opportunities for both indoors and outdoors (they love spending time outdoors!), adults 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 and early literacy.

 

Extra Curricular Clubs

Last year 97% of pupils and 100% of Pupil Premium pupils attended a sports club including girls football, mixed football and multi-sports. In addition 100% of Y2 children went swimming at Branston Community Academy. We are committed and on track to achieve the same this year.

 

Festivals and Competitions

We are incredibly proud of our children and how well they represent our school when they participate in external festivals and competitions. They embrace our school values, especially perseverance and respect, as they challenge themselves to be 'the best they can be'. As a school we encourage ALL children to try new sports and raise their aspirations by giving them new experiences and exposing them to experts in the field of sport. 

In 2020-21, 100% of our children represented the school in one or more sports festivals and competitions. This includes all of our EYFS children and pupils with SEND. 

In 2021-22, currently 98% of all pupils have represented the school and we are on track for 100% of pupils to have participated in an event or competition by the end of the academic year. 

 

Celebrating Success 

We are proud of all our sporting success and commitment to ensuring physical activity is a high priority for all children who attend our school. In recognition of this, and our further commitment to our wider community of families, we were delighted to be nominated and make the final of the Active Lincolnshire Sport & Physical Activity Award in the Active School category. We continue to encourage a high level of engagement in physical activity through our PE lessons, extra-curricular activities, sports events, the daily mile and through our weekly swimming lessons. We also run a HAF holiday club for our pupil premium children. This has physical activity embedded within the daily activities available for the children. 

Examples of PE lessons and sporting events at Branston C of E Infant Academy (2021/22):

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 Skills

Participate in team games involving ball skills and develop simple tactics for attacking and defending.

Gymnastics

Develop balance, agility and co-ordination and apply these when moving like different animals. Learn how to use the gymnastics apparatus confidently and safely.

Throwing and Catching

Develop the skills of throwing (underarm and overarm) and catching. Apply these skills in a range of cricket and tennis activities.

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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