Physical Education Curriculum Design
Obstacles don’t have to stop you.
If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.
Michael Jordan (former professional basketball player)
At Thorpe Willoughby CP School, we recognise and value the importance and impact being physically active can have on our children’s overall health and well-being. To reflect this, we have designed a fun, engaging and high-quality Physical Education (PE) Curriculum that inspires all pupils to participate, succeed and excel in a variety of competitive and non-competitive sports and other physical activities.
We aim to provide a wide-range of opportunities and experiences for pupils to become physically active and confident in sports, which will build character and help to embed our 6 school values of community, challenge, aspiration, caring, respect and resilience. We intend that all children will understand the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle and know how to take care of themselves both physically and mentally in order to grow into healthy and active adults.
We have designed our whole school curriculum in half-termly themes. We have intentionally designed some of these half-termly themes such as ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ and ‘Adventure & Explore’ to purposely inspire and promote active, outdoor healthy lifestyles as well as sports.
We have planned for progression to ensure children build on skills, knowledge and understanding practised each year. In KS1 Pupils develop fundamental movement skills to extend their agility, balance and coordination. They master basic moves in running, jumping, throwing and catching, participate in team-games and perform simple dance patterns.
In KS2 Pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways. They will play competitive team games such as football, hockey, rugby, rounders and develop further balance, flexibility and control through gymnastics, dance and athletics. They develop an understanding of how to improve their skills in different physical activities and learn how to communicate and collaborate with each other.
We recognise through our PE Curriculum that subject-specific vocabulary is important for children to acquire. This will support their knowledge and understanding of different sports, skills and knowledge. When planning PE, the vocabulary is planned for and modelled within our lessons.
We aim to use the PE and Sports Premium funding to enhance our PE Curriculum and offer children opportunities to build confidence and capability in Physical Education. We intend to foster a love of sports for children and for this to be a life-long commitment to take them through to their adulthood.
What PE Looks Like at Thorpe Willoughby
In our Foundation Stage, we teach Reception-aged children to be physically active and engage in health and fitness through the EYFS Statutory Framework and the Development Matters non-statutory guidance. Physical Development is one of the three Prime Areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and develops moving and handling skills. It aims to develop children's control and coordination in large and small movements ensuring they move confidently and safely in a range of ways.
Our Key Stage 1 & 2 PE Curriculum is developed around the Primary National Curriculum, England. PE skills are explicitly taught, practised and developed through our half-termly themes over our 2 year curriculum cycle. To ensure a cohesive and progressive PE Curriculum through school from Reception to Year 6, we use the 'Suceedin...' Online PE Platform to support our planning, teaching and learning and assessment in PE.
Within our PE Curriculum, we ensure: