Physical Education (PE) is a foundation curriculum subject that is developed from Reception through to year 6. In Early Years, children are taught through the physical development strand of the EYFS framework. From years 1-6, all children are taught a broad, balanced, and progressive curriculum within physical education. The varied curriculum is designed to enable all children to enjoy physical activity and to experience success in sport. Key knowledge and skills of each topic is carefully mapped across each year group; this enables children to develop their knowledge of games (including basic skills) dance and gymnastics and from KS2, athletics, swimming, and outdoor adventurous activity progressively. The skills in these areas are developed systematically, with the programs of study for each year group building on previous learning. Lessons are planned alongside subject specific progression maps to ensure children are given the opportunity to practice existing skills, and also build on these to develop new or more advanced skills. Lessons ensure prior learning is always considered and opportunities for revision and practice are built into lessons. This helps to build depth to the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in physical education.
Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Stuart Kay, Youth Sports Trust Schools Director, highlights the vital role that PE and sport can play in a child’s educational journey, stating that it plays an essential part in “Enhancing children’s health, building character, improving well-being and supporting them to fulfil their potential” (Youth Sports Trust 2019) As a school we have invested in highly trained staff to cater to all abilities within PE and promote the love of physical exercise!