Based on the statutory aims of the National Curriculum, our P.E. curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical education;
Are physically active for sustained periods of time;
Engage in competitive sport and activities;
Lead healthy, active lives.
To achieve this, we have implemented the Real PE scheme of work (https://realpe.co.uk/) which is a child centred, rather than sport centred, approach to delivering the P.E. curriculum. This helps support every child, irrespective of starting point or SEND, to develop physical literacy as well as the emotional and thinking skills necessary to achieve well in P.E., sport and in life. It is fully aligned to the National Curriculum in England with the development of agility, balance, coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning at its core.
In Key Stage Two, children receive a weekly swimming lesson for one term each year. These lessons take place at Fox Hollies Leisure Centre and are delivered by qualified swimming instructors. By the end of Year Six, children will have had the opportunity to learn to swim competently, confidently and proficiently so that they are ready to perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
In Year Six, pupils have the opportunity to apply what they have learned through Real P.E. to specific sports, including racquet sports, in preparation for their transition to secondary school. Some of these sessions will be led by ‘Secondary School Trainers’ from our local secondary schools. Additionally, some pupils will access swimming catch up lessons.
In addition to the provision outlined above, our links with Birmingham Sports Partnership allow the children to take part in various competitions and events to develop their teamwork, communication and leadership. Additionally, to further develop the skills learned in P.E., children will be given the opportunity to play a variety of different sports at lunchtime and after school clubs; these clubs are subsidised by the school to ensure that they are accessible to all of our school community. The sports available to children will be both team centred and individual sports: football, basketball, netball, cricket and gymnastics.
In Year Five, our children take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges, both individually and within a team, during our annual visit to Umberslade Adventure where they have the opportunity to take part in orienteering, archery, 'Commando School' and of course the zip line!
When the children leave us, they will understand the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle and have the skills and knowledge necessary to take part in an array of sports, both in their continuing education and beyond.
Mr A.Neale-Crane (P.E. Subject Leader)