Vision for PE
At Church Hill C of E Junior School, we aim to provide a PE curriculum that pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 not only enjoy but also allows them to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. We intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides 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 and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives
Children are taught Real PE by their class teacher, who will have received training on how to implement the Real PE teaching scheme we follow. All staff have also had training to deliver Gymnastics safely in school. The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in a wide variety of Level 2 School Games Competitions and inclusive festivals offered through our membership to the South Charnwood School Sport, Physical Activity Network (SSPAN). The children annually attend Dance festivals held at Loughborough Town Hall and represent the school in a whole host of sporting activities. These fantastic opportunities allow us to compete against other schools in the area and include competitions in many different sporting activities some of which we have successfully gone on to win. We have represented South Charnwood at the Level 3 Leicestershire County Schools Games Competition in Table Tennis, Basketball, Netball, Tag Rugby and Boccia in recent years.
A real strength of our school is the wide range of extra-curricular activities we offer to our children before, during and after the school day. We utilise the expertise of local sports club including the Leicester City Football Club, Leicester Tiger RFC, Leicester Rider Basketball Club and Leicestershire County Cricket Club. We also offer opportunities for our children to partake in new emerging sporting activities including the running of clubs in Parkour, Fencing, Judo, Scooting and Archery throughout the year.
Each year, our upper key stage 2 children are encouraged to apply to be Sports Leaders with the successfully chosen children receiving a day of training at the local secondary school where they achieve the Sports Leaders UK – Playmaker Award. The leaders love delivering lunch time activities to each year group and really support the running of our popular termly House sports competitions.
As a PE Gold Mark School, we aim to ensure that the children participate in active lessons outside of their regular PE lessons. This involves incorporating moments within lessons whereby the children can be active. We have installed a daily mile track using our sports premium funding and teachers have free access to active numeracy and literacy resources to incorporate in their planning.
We follow the guidelines set by the national curriculum to ensure we offer a range of PE activities that allow each child to feel challenged and offer opportunities to progress further.
Key stage 2 PE
Pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils are taught to:
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
- perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
We take our children swimming in Year 4 for 6 weeks. The children have a 40-minute swimming lesson with a qualified swimming instructor and are assessed on their water confidence, safety and technique. Those unable to swim 1 length of the pool are then given further swimming booster sessions before leaving our school.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. At Church Hill we use summative assessment to determine children’s understanding and inform teachers planning. Each part of the PE curriculum is reviewed on a termly basis by the PE coordinator.
Useful PE website
Real PE Home Learning
Partnerships & Associations