Physical Education Subject Leader: Claire Woodcock
Physical education at Telford Junior School provides opportunities for all pupils to become physically active in a way that supports their health and fitness. Children will be given the opportunity to be active on a daily basis and will learn the importance of exercise as a lifestyle. It gives chances for children to be creative, cooperative and competitive and to face up to diverse challenges both as individuals and in groups. Many activities taught in PE improve teamwork and leadership skills, whereby children can develop essential concepts of fair play, honest competition and good sportsmanship. We aim to provide children with a broad range of physical activities, with a progression of skills that builds on past understandings and combines new learning. We strive to deliver engaging and inclusive lessons so that children of all capabilities can appreciate and enjoy PE for sustained periods of time. We enable all children to swim competently and learn about water safety as an essential life-saving skill. Physical education can also reduce anxiety, stress and tension and results in improved attention in the classroom, fundamentally supporting children’s mental well-being.
To motivate and enthuse all groups of learners by providing opportunities for a broad, balanced and deep understanding of becoming physically confident; how to compete in sport and other activities; building character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
To challenge and support all pupils through carefully planned sequences of lessons, provision of a wide range of resources and opportunities for leading healthy active lives and developing physical skills.
To make cross-curricular links and promote language, literacy and mathematical skills through use of cross-curricular topics and planned activities which require pupils to use literacy and maths skills that are appropriate to their year group.
To promote the moral, cultural and emotional development of pupils through careful choice of topics and links to PSHE work.
To develop our pupils’ social skills. These are vital to support the ‘catchup curriculum’ as pupils have had less opportunities to experience them during the last two years. We want to teach the pupils to learn the skills of resilience, respect for each other and adults, confidence, self-esteem, and commitment. The P.E curriculum already lends itself to developing these skills.
A sequence of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth in the different subject areas. A wide range of sports and activities are delivered from Year 3 to Year 6 enabling pupils to develop their knowledge and skills in physical education in a variety of different areas.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in competitive sport. Upon joining the school each pupil is allocated a ‘House’. Each term the pupils compete in a variety of different sports and can earn house points for their house. At the end of the school year pupils also compete in a fun/ competitive school games event. Sport Ambassadors are recruited from the Year 5 and 6 pupils.
Telford Junior School also encourages pupils to apply their skills and knowledge in sports against other schools. Pupils from Year 3 to Year 6 take part in team games against other schools. Sports that we compete in during the academic year are football, netball, athletics, cricket, dodgeball, gymnastics, archery and multi-skills and rounders.
All children from year 3 are encouraged to take part in weekly swimming lessons for half of the academic year. Pupils will be able to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and will know how to remain safe in and around water.
Pupils are supported through provision of additional resources, alternative methods of recording work and adult or peer support. Challenge is provided for all pupils through high expectations from teaching staff as well as additional challenge activities which promote a problem solving and investigative approach to learning.
- Our PE Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.
- We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different physical activity areas and like other subjects discreet vocabulary progression also form part of the units of work.
- The impact of our P.E curriculum is also measured in the uptake of our afterschool clubs and participation in inter school sports competitions. Each year we aim for 50% of pupils to have attended a sports club or competed against another school in a sport. Participation levels are tracked by our specialised sports coach.
- External measures are also used to measure the impact of out P.E curriculum. Each year we apply for the School Games Award. This recognises high quality provision in school with either a bronze, silver or gold award. We have achieved the Gold Award for our high-quality physical education and school sport, for the last four years.
Physical education is the planned, progressive learning that takes place in school
curriculum timetabled time and which is delivered to all pupils. This involves both ‘learning
to move’ (i.e. becoming more physically competent) and ‘moving to learn’ (e.g. learning
through movement, a range of skills and understandings beyond physical activity, such as
co-operating with others).The context for the learning is physical activity, with children and
young people experiencing a broad range of activities, including sport and dance.
School sport is the structured learning that takes place beyond the curriculum (i.e. in the
extended curriculum) within school settings; this is sometimes referred to as out-of-school hours
learning. Again, the context for the learning is physical activity. The ‘school sport’
programme has the potential to develop and broaden the foundation learning that takes
place in physical education. It also forms a vital link with ‘community sport and activity’.
Physical activity is a broad term referring to all bodily movement that uses energy. It
includes all forms of physical education, sports and dance activities. However, it is wider
than this, as it also includes indoor and outdoor play, work-related activity, outdoor and
adventurous activities, active travel (e.g. walking, cycling, rollerblading, scooting) and
routine, habitual activities such as using the stairs, doing housework and gardening.
From the Health Position Paper, Association for Physical Education
How we support children to be competitive.
We offer opportunities to compete at a variety of levels from intra-school competitions, which are held throughout the year. This leads onto some children also taking part in inter-school competitions. These children are selected from our intra-level competitions, as much as possible. We also have pupils who achieve selection through to County Final competitions, which is an excellent achievement. Currently, we have 4 teams who have made it through to this level of competition in Rowing, Sportshall Athletics, Cross Country and Dodgeball, another fantastic achievement. Not only that, one member of our cross country team has just achieved a place to compete at the National Final. We are so proud of them. However, most of all, we are immensely proud of the attitude, teamwork, dedication and the way they support both one another and athletes from other teams.
Healthy, Active Lives.
We value the importance of providing opportunities to develop healthy, active pupils. We help them develop to be physically confident and make sure we are supporting our pupils' health and fitness.
At Telford Junior School, we take our sporting attitude very seriously and this is encouraged in all our pupils. Whether this is during games lessons, intra school tournaments or even when we are competing against other schools, we feel these principles are very important.
Personal Challenge Booklet
We are lucky to work with the team at Coventry and Warwickshire School Sport Partnership. They have produced this personal challenge booklet, which you can use at home, if you wish. I believe they are going to be sending us more over the following weeks, so please keep checking back. Please see below.
Whilst we are keeping active, we can also develop our skills and fitness. Here are two pack for you, the first to help throwing and catching skills and secondly for developing fitness with a hoop. Please see below for some ideas.