What does PE look like at Rosa Street?
At Rosa Street, we believe that all of our pupils can achieve in PE. We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which is relevant to and widens the experiences of our children. We do this in order to prepare our children for the challenges they will face and to inspire a love of knowledge, learning and life. The intent of our PE curriculum is to provide all children with high quality PE and sport provision. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as leading physically active and healthy lifestyles. We aim to ensure all of our children leave primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
Our PE curriculum is based on the core tasks model. These tasks are completed once by the pupils at the start of the unit and then repeated at the end. This makes it easy to see where progress has been made. Our PE lessons are both progressive and engaging, allowing children time to discover, play and spend time on a task when learning a new skill. Games, dance, gymnastics, OAA and athletics are repeated on a yearly basis allowing children to meet the rigors of National Curriculum through regular repetition of each skill. We offer swimming sessions throughout KS2 in conjunction with Spennymoor Leisure Centre. Last year, 92% of our Year 6 children were able to swim 1 length unaided. This was especially pleasing given the need for top-up swimming lessons after the COVID pandemic.
All lessons will be planned and taught in line with the long-term plan, as developed by the PE coordinator, ensuring that potential for pupils’ progression is planned into the scheme of work. The curriculum cohesion document shows how skills build on the previous year group or key stage. Teachers plan lessons and activities will build upon pupils’ prior learning, developing their skills, knowledge and understanding within each activity area. The school creates a long-term plan, which is reviewed annually to reflect support from outside specialists. Teachers develop detailed sequences of learning for delivery of the PE curriculum based on the relevant core task card. The PE coordinator is responsible for reviewing and updating long-term and medium-term plans and communicating these to teachers.
At Rosa Street, we work closely with ‘Go Well’ in order to provide a varied and balanced PE curriculum full of opportunities for enrichment. We take part in a wide range of events, from competitive football and athletics tournaments through to Sportability and alternative sports festivals, which engage children in unfamiliar sports. This year we had full day skipping and quidditch events as well as a visit from inspirational former Invictus Games champion, Alex Dewar. Next year, we will learn all about Hoopstarz and Dragonball. These enrichment days are vital in demonstrating to children that there are all sorts of opportunities for them, helping to inspire a lifelong love of sport. We run a wide variety of after-school sports clubs, based on the interests of the children. These are tailored to meet the needs of disadvantaged pupils, who may not get the opportunity to take part in sports clubs outside of school.
At Rosa Street, we recognise the importance of all children being as active as possible. In order to help children develop, we use the Active30 programme to provide regular opportunities for children to exercise during the school day, both during class time and during breaks. We implement regular active brain breaks in order to help children maintain an active lifestyle and promote positive mental health. We emphasize the link between exercising and feeling good in order to promote a positive attitude toward exercise. Some of our upper KS2 pupils have the opportunity to become playground leaders, giving them the chance to develop their own leadership skills and to be a positive influence on younger children.
PE is at the heart of our learning. We aim to give children all the skills they need to make a positive impact on their own physical health and well-being. We want all children to experience a wide variety of sports and physical skills which will enhance life-long fitness and life choices. Our curriculum is tailored to challenge pupils and promote self-esteem through the development of physical confidence and problem solving. We know that all children have the ability to succeed in PE and our mission is to give them the tools and confidence to do so.