St Charles’ Catholic Primary School
The PE curriculum promotes curiosity and a love and thirst for learning. It is ambitious and empowers our children to become independent and resilient – like all curriculum areas.
We want to equip them with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the Physical Education National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. For example, in the summer term, Progressive Sports visited our school and worked with children from Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, celebrating four World Cups happening throughout 2019. As part of this celebration the children had the opportunity to try a variety of these sports including tag rugby, kwik cricket, netball and football. To further demonstrate our commitment to providing broader experiences of a range of sports and activities, we offered an extra-curricular Irish Dancing club in the Spring and Summer terms – something we have never offered in our school before. The club was oversubscribed and the children had a fantastic time learning this new style of dance.
We enrich the pupils’ time in our school with memorable, enjoyable experiences and provide opportunities which are normally out of reach – this piques their interests and passions. For example, children from Years 5 and 6 took part in basketball sessions taken by a coach from our local basketball club, The Mersey Mavericks. This culminated with an inter-school basketball competition which the children thoroughly enjoyed. Several children now attend a basketball club outside of school run by The Mersey Mavericks after their experiences in school.
In summer term, an audit of the PE curriculum was conducted. On the back of the findings from this audit, the PE curriculum has been carefully built and the learning opportunities and assessment milestones for each year group crafted to ensure progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills. For example, we focus our teaching on six main strands of physical education; dance, invasion games, gymnastics, striking and fielding games, athletics and net and wall games. These are revisited year on year so pupils progressively build their skills and knowledge. In addition to this, we provide specialist swimming teaching to pupils in Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 as well as top-up sessions in the summer term for any Year 6 children who have not achieved the 25 metres swim expected in the National Curriculum.
Physical Education subject specific characteristics, which we expect the children to demonstrate, have been developed. These characteristics underpin all work in PE and form a focal point for display areas and provide a common subject specific vocabulary for staff and pupils.
These characteristics are:
- The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE.
- The willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance.
- High levels of physical fitness.
- A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, understanding the dangers of smoking, drugs and alcohol, and exercising regularly.
- The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being.
- The ability to take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.
- Exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’ performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support.
- A keen interest in PE. A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport.
- The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water.
Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at St Charles’, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership of and responsibility for their own health and fitness. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.
We use both formative and summative assessment information in every PE lesson. Staff use this information to inform their short-term planning and short-term interventions. This helps us provide the best possible support for all of our pupils, including the more able. The assessment milestones for each phase have been carefully mapped out and further broken down for each year group. This means that skills in PE are progressive and build year on year.
We are delighted to announce that for the first time ever, St Charles’ has been awarded the Silver School Gamesmark Award. Well done to all of the children who have helped us reach this target! Your hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to sport has been amazing and this award is a celebration of all your successes. Keep up the great work! Have a look at our certificate below. Can you spot it around school too?