PE, Sport & Physical Activity

At Ackton Pastures, we believe that PE plays a vital role in developing children’s confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing. In PE lessons, children are provided with the opportunity to develop their physical and mental capabilities, through practise, scaffolding and guidance. Our PE curriculum has been designed to encourage children to self-reflect, motivate and challenge themselves in a range of physical activities including team games, gymnastics, athletics, dance and ball games. It is our aim that when children leave our school, they leave with an understanding of how to lead an active and healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally.

PE Statement of Intent

“All pupils leaving primary school physically literate and with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.”

– Primary School Sport


What will take place before teaching in the classroom?

The school’s senior leadership team will:
  • Lead the school staff to develop a clear overarching curriculum intent, which drives the ongoing development and improvement of all curriculum subjects.
  • Ensure that the curriculum leaders have appropriate time to develop their specific curriculum intent through careful research and development.
  • Ensure that funding is used effectively to enhance opportunities based upon the five key indicators in the curriculum and extra – curricular activities.
The curriculum leader will:
  • Ensure that learning across all year groups is delivered using the National Curriculum and Early Year’s framework.
  • Build a progression grid that includes knowledge, skills and key vocabulary that children should be taught in each year group. The Progression grid is designed to build on prior knowledge to support children to be successful in their primary end of year goals.
  • Ensure that staff have access to a well-planned and ambitious PE curriculum, following the ‘PE Planning’ scheme, which allows children to develop competence in a broad range of physical activities.
  • Ensure that resources are appropriate, of high enough quality and are plentiful so that all pupils have the correct equipment.
  • Ensure that children have the opportunity to engage in competitive sports and activities.
  • Ensure that lessons are enhanced through CPD, delivered by subject leader and specialist sports and development coach.
The class teacher will, with support from the curriculum leader:
  • Create a long-term plan, which ensures appropriate coverage of knowledge, skills and vocabulary from the progression grid.
  • Ensure that children have the opportunity to learn and develop their skills in a variety of sports and activities, using the ‘PE Planning scheme’ to support this.

What will this look like in the classroom?

Our teaching sequence will be:
  • Variety of warms up – children to develop their knowledge of why this is important and how their bodies start to change.
  • Review most recent learning in PE.
  • Modelling of skills including key teaching steps and key vocabulary. Explain new vocabulary and the meaning to children.
  • Explore using different equipment independently and co-operatively to perform a skill.
  • Provide opportunities for children to review their own work and that of others.
  • Cool down – children to develop their knowledge of why this is important.
Our classrooms will:
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle within the classroom. This will also be promoted through assemblies that focus on how to lead an active and healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally.
  • Have access to high-quality equipment.
  • Have access to plentiful equipment, that is organised, so that pupils can work in small groups or whole class as appropriate to support pupils in their development of their skills.
Our children will be:
  • Actively engaged within their learning.
  • Resilient learners who overcome barriers and understand their own strengths and areas for development.
  • Able to communicate ideas of how to improve their learning in an age appropriate way.
  • Encouraged and nurtured to overcome barriers to their learning or self-confidence through positive and constructive feedback based on skills and knowledge.
  • Able to talk about how to perform a variety of skills using age-appropriate subject specific vocabulary.

How will this be measured?

Pupil Voice will show:
  • A developed understanding of the skills and techniques needed to complete activities at an age appropriate level.
  • A bank of subject specific vocabulary that children can confidently use when discussing sports and activities.
  • Confidence in discussing and identifying their own strengths and areas for development.
Displays around school will show:
  • Clear progression of skills in line with expectations set out in the progression grids.
  • Children actively using a variety of equipment to practice a skill.
  • Opportunities where children have applied the skills learnt within competitive competitions.
The curriculum leader will:
  • Celebrate the successes of pupils through planned displays.
  • Collate appropriate evidence over time, which evidences that pupils know more and remember more.
  • Monitor the standards in the subject to ensure the outcomes are at expected levels.
  • Provide ongoing CPD support based on the outcomes of subject monitoring to ensure that the impact of the curriculum is wide reaching and positive.

Curriculum Documents

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