What is P.E.?
Physical Education (P.E) is the development of knowledge, skills and understanding of physical activity through a continuous process of planning, practise, exploring, performing and evaluating.
Aims and purposes of P.E.
All children should be provided with opportunities and encouraged to:
- Experience a broad range of physical activity;
- Be physically active for a sustained period of time;
- Develop and explore physical skill with increasing control and coordination;
- Develop confidence and competence in performing different skills;
- Engage and excel in competitive sports and activities;
- Improve sporting ability through personal challenge opportunities e.g. Skip2bfit
- Develop positive attitudes to physical activity;
- Improve social and interpersonal skills and appreciate the efforts of others, as well as their own;
- Respond positively to different challenges;
- Persevere and make sustained efforts to develop and improve their own performance;
- Pursue habits and interests that promote a healthy lifestyle;
- Become increasingly aware of how physical activity affects the body;
A copy of the schools PE and Sporting provision policy can be found here.
Planning, Teaching and Assessment
At Upton Primary school we follow the Val Sabin curriculum. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in PE lessons. Teachers and children are also regularly supported by Elite, an external sports company. This is to improve our PE provision through specialist development for both pupils and staff. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding and we do this through a mixture of whole class teaching and individual/group activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children and we encourage the children to evaluate their own work as well as the work of other children. Within lessons we give the children the opportunity both to collaborate and to compete with each other, and they have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources. We assess children’s learning by observing them during lessons. A copy of our whole school curriculum and skills development can be found here.
P.E is taught in line with the National Curriculum.
- Children at Upton Primary School get two hours of quality PE teaching per week.
- Our scheme of work and associated resources ensures continuity and progression following guidance from the National Curriculum.
- Learning may be planned to fit into a topic, but generally the P.E curriculum demands specific skills which are not easily linked with topic work.
- Provision is met by the class teacher or the sports coaches that work in our school (Elite Coaching)
- In the early years, regular observations are made and recorded in the area of ‘Physical Development’.
In Year 5 children partake in swimming lessons to reach a standard to swim competently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. A range of strokes will be used and students will be able to perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
We expect children to change for PE into the agreed clothing for each activity area.
Our school PE kit is as follows:
- Navy/black shorts
- White top
- Trainers or black plimsolls
- A suitable warm top or tracksuit may be worn over PE kit for outdoor PE in cold weather.
Children are expected to wear the school PE kit in order to ensure safe participation during sessions. Jewellery (as in line with the school policy) should not be worn during PE and children are required to remove items such as watches. Earrings, that the child maybe unable to remove, should be covered by surgical tape provided by the parent/carer. Long hair must be tied up. If a child is unable to take part in a PE session for a medical reason, a letter from home must be provided, signed by an adult and given to their teacher prior to the session.
In line with the government strategy to increase children’s physical exercise and combat childhood obesity, children now take part in a ‘Skip2bfit’. Please see the Skip2bfit page for more details.