At Townfield Primary School we follow the National Curriculum and have made some enhancements such as inviting in specialist tennis and rugby coaches as well as providing opportunities to develop PE during woodland learning sessions. Our vision for Physical Education and sport is that every child including those who have SEN and/or disabilities and those who are disadvantaged has the opportunity to take part in physical activity on a regular basis and become more physically confident and competent. We hope that through all the sporting opportunities and physical activity we offer, the children will develop a love and passion for sport and continue this into their later lives.
We aim to provide the children with at least 2 hours of fun, exciting and active PE lessons every week. To keep the children healthy and active, they have at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day and are educated on a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle. The pupils gain knowledge about agility, balance and coordination, and gain mastery in basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching. They begin to apply these in a range of activities, participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending and perform dances using simple movement patterns.
At Townfield, we also strive to give as many children as possible the opportunity to compete in a variety of competitions, during school time or by representing the school at local events. We hope that in doing so the children will develop greater confidence, team work and learn to win or lose with grace and sportsmanship.
It is also of paramount importance that we create sporting leaders during the children's time at Townfield. We aim to offer lots of children the opportunity to lead sporting activities, organise games and events and learn to lead by example. By emphasising leadership, we hope the children learn the importance of communication, organisation, team work, resilience, perseverance and a respect for rules.
We have built our own scheme of work which builds in complexity so that pupils can build their skills and knowledge. Kknowledge and skills are constantly revisited and refreshed to ensure that they become embedded. To aid understanding subject specific vocabulary is taught explicitly within every lesson. We have created end points for each topic and milestones for the end of each year to show what pupils should know and can do. As the children move to the next year group, the next teacher then knows where to start.
Pupils come from a mixed urban area of Wirral. We have selected significant sports role-models to study, male and female, who share the context of the pupils. To build pupils’ cultural capital, they also study the work of both Olympians and Para-Olympians who are nationally important. Our core values; resilience, respect and responsibility are continually developed through all PE learning experiences.
Department for Education Vision for the Primary PE and Sport Premium:
In keeping with the expectations of the DFE vison for the Primary Sport Premium;- Our aim is that;
ALL pupils leaving 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.
Why is PE important?
Why do children need a quality programme of physical education?
- Children learn to appreciate the significance of exercising for a lifetime.
- Consistent, physical activity is the best way for us to eradicate obesity and sustain a suitable body weight. It also offers a positive alternative to watching television or playing on computers and mobile phones.
- Children learn the fundamental motor skills that will allow them to develop the physical capability that in turn will produce confidence and leads to safe and successful involvement in a wide range of sports.
- Children are encouraged to increase their fitness levels during PE including muscular and cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility.
- Youngsters can learn valuable lessons about accepting responsibility for their individual development leading to greater self-discipline.
- PE gives chances for children to be creative, cooperative and competitive and to face up to diverse challenges both as individuals and in groups.
- A ‘good workout’ helps ease anxiety, tension and stress and will result in improved attention in class.
- Movement can be used to strengthen the understanding of several subjects taught in the classroom e.g. mathematics. Movement has also been shown to heighten the function of our brain.
- Many activities taught in PE require children to work in groups to solve problems. These opportunities are outstanding for learning both leadership and teamwork.
- Sports activities are a superb way to meet and make new friends. Being confident in your own physical capabilities inspires youngsters, and later adults, to be more social.
- PE is particularly vital to children who have yet to progress their verbal communication abilities.
- Children learn to develop the concept of fair play, honest competition, good sportsmanship and how to handle both success and defeat.
Physical Education at Townfield Primary School
Every class from Year 3 to Year 6 receives two hours of curriculum PE per week, comprising of one indoor and one outdoor lesson.
Within our PE lessons we aim to:
- Follow a progressive, evolving curriculum that, with time, builds on past understandings and combines new practices. Classes are not just randomly selected with no clear links to past and future lessons or just as a way to keep children “busy, happy or good” for 60 minutes.
- Physical education is a moving experience. We aim to find ways to actively engage all children in moderate to vigorous physical activity for the majority of every lesson, a minimum of 75%.
- In addition to being actively engaged, children also need plenty of chances to practice the ability or idea being taught that day. Our quality curriculum will offer many practice opportunities, sometimes alone, sometimes with a partner and sometimes during small sided games in groups.
- As well as numerous practice periods, we aim to design lessons so that youngsters of all capabilities have great rates of success. When children, above all unskilled pupils, experience victory, they are more likely to carry on practising and working to improve than when they fail repetitively.
- We try to endorse positive learning experiences in a warm atmosphere in which children are encouraged to exercise new skills and expand their fitness levels without feeling self-conscious.
- We aim to make sure all our classes are as enjoyable as they can be, so that children appreciate and look forward to PE, both at primary and secondary school.
Year 1 - Yoga and fundamental skills
Fundamental skills this term has seen the children exploring the fundamental skills of balancing, running, changing direction, jumping, hopping and skipping. They have explored these skills in isolation as well as in combination and have been given opportunities to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.
In Yoga they have learned about mindfulness and body awareness. They have been learning yoga poses and techniques that will help them to connect their mind and body. This unit builds strength, flexibility and balance. The learning includes breathing and meditation taught through fun and engaging activities.
Year 2 - Cricket
Children have been learning how to strike the ball into space so that they can score runs. When fielding, they have learnt how to keep the batters’ scores low. In all games activities, children have had to think about how they use skills, strategies and tactics to outwit the opposition. They worked in collaboration with others and played fairly demonstrating an understanding of the rules, as well as being respectful of the people they play with and against.
Year 3 and 4 - Basketball
Children have been developing competencies in key skills and principles such as defending, attacking, throwing, catching and dribbling. They have practised using attacking skills to maintain possession of the ball. They have had the opportunity to play both uneven and even sided games.
Year 5 - Hockey
Children have been learning how to keep possession of the ball, use simple attacking tactics using sending, receiving and dribbling a ball. They had to learn how to think about defending and winning and how to use skills, strategies and tactics to outwit the opposition.
In this unit, the children created some complex sequences. They learn ta wide range of travelling actions and include the use of pathways. They developed actions such as inverted movements and explored ways to include apparatus. They demonstrated control in their behaviour to create a safe environment for themselves and others to work in, working independently and in collaboration with a partner to create and develop sequences