At Chadsmead Primary Academy, we intend to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical activities. We aim for all children to leave us with the knowledge, skills and capabilities to make informed choices about their own health and fitness as well as developing a life-long love of physical education. Our aim is to encourage participation in physical activity and challenge throughout the day and provide opportunities for pupils to take part in competitive sports.
Pupils within EYFS have daily opportunities for physical exercise through the use of their outdoor area, they also have a planned and structured PE session once per week as well as regular forest sessions.
All pupils from Year 1 to 6 have two sessions of planned physical activity each week that follows a long-term plan to ensure that children experience a broad and balanced range of skills, sports and activities. We have invested in sports coaches to work with our staff to develop their skills and confidence in teaching high-quality PE sessions.
The curriculum has been planned so that it incorporates a variety of sports and exercise activities to ensure that all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. All lessons ensure children are able to revisit previous knowledge and build upon this, ensuring progression throughout school.
In Year 3 and 4 children are given swimming lessons by qualified instructors. During their lessons, we aim for children to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
In Year 5 and 6, children have the opportunity to become Sports Leaders. They attend training sessions and work with the PE Subject Leader to develop active lunchtimes to promote participation in physical activity and improve lunch time behaviour. Sports Leaders meet regularly with the PE Subject Leader to discuss and review the provision at lunch times and PE lessons.
We provide all children with the opportunity to engage in a range of before and after school clubs, which change each term in the school year, led by sports coaches. We use pupil voice to involve children in selecting the clubs on offer and endeavour to run clubs that encourage not only physical development but also well-being.
In addition to this, children also have opportunities to play competitively in Netball, Football, Athletics, Cross Country and Swimming. These experiences allow for children to apply their sporting skills, develop team skills and learn how to play competitively.
For the last 3 years we have been awarded the School Games Gold Award in recognition of:
- Our school’s provision to engage children in physical activity
- Engaging at least 20% of our pupils in extracurricular sports
- Providing competitive opportunities through inter-school activities
- Involving 5% of our pupils in leading school sport
Children who may be identified as ‘inactive’, Pupil Premium children or those who need support in achieving age related expectations are encouraged to participate and engage through our lunch time intervention clubs.
Our PE Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
- Pupil discussions about their learning
- Visits to lessons and dialogue with teaching staff
- Liaising with sports coaches