At New Park Primary School, physical education is an integral part of our curriculum that is inclusive and engages all pupils. Children develop the knowledge, skills and competence to excel in a broad range of sports and physical activities. These skills and capabilities are necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing in our children now and for their future. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that enables all children to achieve their personal best. We want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. We aim for all children to be physically active for sustained periods of time and be able to make informed decisions to lead healthy and active lives. Swimming is an important life skill, we aspire for all children to leave primary school being able to swim at least 25 metres. We also encourage children to be physically active for the recommended 30 minutes per school day.
We have a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum called PE Passport. Children participate in high-quality PE lessons twice a week covering two different sports/skills per term. Teachers use, and adapt, PE Passport App planning and resources to ensure lessons across years show progression. Within P.E lessons, children will adopt many different roles such as a performer, coach, umpire and leader and explore many different indoor and outdoor activities. During the school year inter-form events will take place where children will have access to competing against pupils from other classes. Children attend swimming lessons in Year 6. We provide children with opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities that are inclusive, enjoyable and increase children’s physical activity. Sports clubs are offered to both KS1 and KS2 pupils. The teaching and learning of healthy life styles is planned explicitly within each year group as part of the PE curriculum, making links with other subjects including Science, PSHE and Maths. Annually, the school celebrates ‘Sports and Health Week’ to educate and promote a healthy lifestyle and physical activity. Children engage in different workshops, activities and sports, and the week culminates with our whole-school Sports day. Equipment and facilities are available to the children at break times to encourage children to be physically active.
Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at New Park, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. We ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. All children are provided with the skills and given opportunities to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Our pupils are physically active and this has positive implications on their learning in the classroom. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise. We hope children enjoy PE and develop a love of sport, and physical activity, that they pursue outside of school and in future life outside of primary school. All pupils understand the values and importance of fair play and being a good sportsperson. Year 6 pupils leave school with the skills to self-rescue in the water and swim 25 metres competently.