Our PE Lead is Mrs Brown. If you would like to discuss our PE curriculum further, please do not hesitate to contact us.
At Templemoor Infant and Nursery school we intend to promote a love of physical activity and make children’s health and wellbeing a priority. It is our intent that children can achieve the aims of the national curriculum through a broad, balanced and progressive curriculum. Our curriculum is inclusive and allows all pupils to access a wide range of activities which enables our pupils to be physically active. The aim of our PE programme is to develop children's basic physical competencies, build confidence in their ability and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle . Children learn skills and knowledge and apply it. Our children will experience a range of sports and activities to appeal to all children’s interests. Physical Education will develop pupil’s physical skills and allows them to learn about themselves, the importance of healthy lifestyles, self-expression, decision making and social skills. We encourage pupils to be active throughout the day and develop a love of physical activity. Our pupils will know how to collaborate and cooperate as part of an effective team.
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity” - John F Kennedy
The curriculum planning in PE is carried out in three phases (long-term, medium-term and short term). The long-term plan maps out the PE activities covered in each term during the key stage. The PE subject leader works this out in conjunction with our sports coach and teaching colleagues. Together we create a broad and balanced curriculum that is exciting for our children to learn through. Our external coaches support us in providing a PE curriculum which carefully plans for progression and depth of skills. We use the Get Set 4 PE Scheme, which aligns with our whole child approach to PE and the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. Get Set 4 PE is planned so that progression is built into the scheme which ensures our children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school. Medium-term plans give details of each unit of work for each term. These schemes of work provide an overview of the unit, links to other areas of the National Curriculum and assessment criteria for that unit. The short-term lesson plans provide opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in each activity area.
Children in Nursery receive daily access to activities indoors and outdoors that build on their fine and gross motor development. Children are encouraged to develop their core strength and gross motor skills to ensure that they are ready for fine motor movements. We encourage children to be active and use games, songs, dances and yoga within the class and outside. Children are taught to move confidently in a range of ways; for example, by using large muscle movements to wave flags, ribbons, streamers, paint and make marks. Children are encouraged to use the balance bikes, trikes, taxis and scooters. Children are taught to develop ball skills by throwing, catching and kicking a ball. In the summer term Nursery children have PE lessons in the hall taught by the class teacher. Children in Reception continue to develop their gross and fine motor skills, children have daily access to their own outdoor area and Templemoor Mile. Our Reception children have one taught PE session per week in the Autumn term alongside continuous use of the physical environment. This taught session focuses on fundamental movement skills. In the Spring Term children in Reception have 2 sessions of PE per week taught by the class teacher.
In Key Stage One, children take part in two sessions of physical activity each week. Children are taught by a specialist coach or the class teacher using the Getset4PE platform. Each lesson provides challenge and enjoyable learning by using a range of sporting activities such as: games, net and wall games, striking and fielding games, gymnastics and dance. In all areas of PE staff follow the skills and knowledge documents to ensure progression. Staff are regularly given opportunities to take part in internal and CPD opportunities to ensure that we are providing quality provision.
Pupils are taught about how to handle equipment and move safely within gymnastics and games. Within all lessons, there is an emphasis on pupils being able to achieve their personal best and building resilience. Pupils are taught how to play fairly, creating a sense of teamwork, friendship and respect.
Our teachers assess the children’s work in PE, both by making informal judgements, as they observe them during lessons, and through assessing against the specific objectives set out in the National Curriculum. These are recorded against half termly objectives.
Subject vocabulary is displayed and reinforced by teachers, giving the pupil’s the correct terminology to carefully critique their own and other’s performance. They are given opportunities to work as experts in a variety of sports to ensure they are given chances to demonstrate good practice as well as the teacher modelling.
Children have half a term of We Are Adventurers in Year 1 and Year 2, where they are engaged in physical learning activities outdoors, appreciating how to care for and respect the environment whilst also looking after themselves and others. Links to our PSHE curriculum and Rights Respecting work are made during these sessions.
Children are also given many opportunities to take part in activities outside of their normal physical education (PE) lessons. Children throughout the school regularly run the Templemoor Mile and have frequent movement breaks (e. g. Active Blasts on Imoves such as body combat or yoga). Our lunchtime staff also support the pupils to be physical and provide the pupils with guided games and a range of equipment. Games and challenges take place takes place at lunchtimes and are very popular with both Year 1 and 2 children.
We hold Multisport Clubs and a We Are Adventurers Club for children in Year 1 and 2 to attend afterschool. Throughout the school year we hold a range of fun, high energy events which link to sporting fixtures such as our Euro Football Event, Mini Olympics, and our annual Sponsored Event. Children are given opportunities to compete against each other in a controlled, safe and fun way on Sports Day. We promote a love of physical activity and healthy lifestyles giving children the opportunity to try a range of different sports and dances.
Children enjoy PE sessions and are active throughout most of the lesson. Children recognise the impact of physical activity on their bodies and can talk about healthy living. Children’s physical stamina and skills develop over their time here, from Nursery to Year 2, enabling the majority of children to achieve age related expectations in Physical Education. Children develop a lifelong love of physical activity.