Physical Education


Intent

Our curriculum starts in the Early Years and progresses sequentially through to Year Six. In every lesson we focus on threshold concepts that ties the ambitious body of knowledge together with the characteristics children are developing

These essential characteristics of mastery in PE are:

  • The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE.

  • The willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance.

  • High levels of physical fitness.

  • A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol and exercising regularly.

  • The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being.

  • The ability to take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.

  • Exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’

Threshold concepts are taught repeatedly throughout the curriculum, linking learning into meaningful and rich semantic schemas.

In PE the threshold concepts are:

  • Develop practical skills in order to participate, compete and lead a healthy lifestyle. This concept involves learning a range of physical movements and sporting techniques.

  • It is our vision to inspire a lifelong love of PE within our pupils. PE changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity.

Why is PE important? What’s special about it here?

PE plays a vital role in promoting physical activities and a healthy lifestyle in a positive and enjoyable way for all pupils. PE gives pupils the ability to develop their physical well-being in a range of physical activities and sports – helping them to grow and achieve their personal fitness and learn important life skills. Through physical education, we teach students a set of all-important values including self-belief, teamwork, determination, honesty, passion and respect. We want children to learn to include exercise and physical activity as part of their lifestyle. Physical education links to lots of other areas of the curriculum and helps educate children on relevant issues such as the importance of hygiene and health. It works on boosting the confidence of students as fit and healthy individuals. Building self-confidence is important to sport and with everyday learning. Furthermore, it will teach them how to have a positive attitude despite certain setbacks and defeats in life. Physical education can include teamwork successfully by developing their communication skills as well as their ability to coordinate with one another to achieve one common goal. Students develop their motor skills and improve their cognitive abilities. Moreover, physical education is also important because it is a means of enjoyment and recreation for students. By simply engaging in sports and physical activities, they can spend some quality time away from their other usual academic subjects. In the end, they can achieve healthy minds and bodies.

Therefore, at Gorseland, our aims are to ensure children experience a wide breadth of study and have, by the end of each key stage, long-term memory of an ambitious body of procedural and semantic knowledge.

Our curriculum maps are carefully crafted and available in school. The curriculum content is available on our website.


Implementation

How do we teach PE here?

We maintain a high level of subject knowledge of PE in our school by regular training and professional development for teachers and subject leaders. Teachers create a positive attitude to PE learning within their class and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in PE.

Through our planning, children are encouraged to develop their physical skills and confidence in their own ability and working with others to follow rules of a game fairly. Their success in personal best and teamwork is celebrated within the class and sometimes the whole school.

Planning involves teachers creating engaging lessons. Teachers use precise skills teaching and assess children regularly to identify those children with gaps in learning who need further support and practise in order to plan for next steps.

We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s knowledge, understanding and skills increase, and they become more proficient in different areas of PE, they become increasingly confident in their growing ability to come to both work as team members and challenge themselves personally.

Within each Milestone, students gradually progress in their physical ability and teamwork through three cognitive domains: basic, advancing and deep.

Guidance from the framework of ‘Support and Challenge’ is used to plan a bespoke curriculum tailored to pupils’ individual needs to facilitate access to quality learning experiences and develop their PE knowledge, understanding and skills.

With effective subject leadership, we are a well-equipped and resourced school. Regular monitoring shows that our children understand and apply key principles within their work. At Gorseland, we have a rigorous monitoring process of the PE curriculum that is kept up to date and contributes towards our school improvement plan.


Impact

The successful approach at Gorseland results in an engaging, high-quality PE education that provides children with the foundations and knowledge for understanding the world. Frequent, continuous and progressive learning - both inside and outside the classroom is embedded throughout the PE curriculum. P.E is taught as a basis for lifelong learning, where the children have access to a wide range of activities in the belief that if taught well and the children are allowed to succeed, then they will continue to have a physically active life. A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all children to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. Our curriculum provides all children opportunities 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.

At Gorseland we demonstrate the success of our ambitious PE curriculum as follows:

  • Concrete ways of seeing the impact of what our children achieve in PE

  • A keen interest in PE and a willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson. Highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular activities

  • The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop and in-depth understanding of PE.

  • The willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance.

  • High levels of physical fitness.

  • A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, sleeping well, avoiding drugs and toxins and exercising regularly.

  • The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being.

  • The ability to take the initiative and become young leaders, organising and officiating and evaluating what needs to be done to improve and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.

  • Exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others' performance.

  • The ability to swim and the knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water.