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Didsbury CE School

Didsbury CE School

Physical Education - PE

The Physical Education curriculum at Didsbury CE Primary School

Intent – why we teach what we teach

At Didsbury CE Primary School we provide a Physical Education curriculum that inspires all pupils to engage in physical activity.  This is achieved by ensuring that all children are able to participate in a range of physical activity on a daily basis in both indoor and outdoor environments.  We ensure all pupils have opportunities to excel in a range of physical activities to support their health and fitness, develop skills to build and shape their character and grow their team work and communication skills. 

During their time at school, we believe that children should have a range of physical activity experiences.  Therefore, the children have opportunities to participate and become increasingly confident in:

  • A range of activities such as gymnastics, games and dance.
  • After school clubs such as stretch and relax, tennis and kickboxing.
  • Competitions in the local area.
  • Swimming lessons.
  • Forest School workshops.
  • An awareness of a healthy lifestyle including benefits of exercise for both physical and mental well-being.
  • Teamwork, leadership and communication
  • Improving skills

Implementation – how we teach what we teach

At Didsbury CE Physical Education (PE) is taught from nursery to year six in weekly PE sessions.  In our EYFS curriculum, PE is covered in the Physical Development Early Learning Goals.  Children in our Nursery and Reception have the opportunity to complete fine and gross motor activities in a range of high- quality learning areas both indoors and outdoors.  During this continuous provision time children are able to develop fundamental skills and master basic movements which will assist them with their overall development.  Children in EYFS also participate in a weekly PE session.

In Key Stage 1 the lessons are taught by the class teacher.  During these lessons, children will have opportunities to participate and perform in a range of physical activities.  In Key Stage 2 the lessons are also taught by class teachers and children learn how to continue to apply and develop their broad range of skills.  Children in KS2 will also begin to participate in swimming lessons, take part in forest school sessions as well as participate in competitions in the area.  As part of our staff’s own professional development we also have specialist PE training by Mr Callaghan to enhance teacher’s own skills and confidence. 

Impact – how we measure what we teach

The impact of this PE curriculum is to enable children to flourish in physical activity as we as foster characteristics such as fairness and respect.  We are confident that all pupils will be enriched by the PE curriculum so that they can confidently use their acquired skills and knowledge, such as communication and collaboration, to become positive, active members in their families, friendships and communities.  The children’s learning journey in PE is assessed each term using the current assessment framework and reported on formally to parents at the end of each academic year.  Work is recorded in the class PE journal which highlights skills pupils have acquired and improved on. 

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