P.E

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Mission Statement

To promote and provide exciting, engaging sporting opportunities, so that our children leave our school with the knowledge of how to lead a healthy lifestyle and the desire to be life-long participants in physical activity.

 

What is Physical Education?

Physical Education is using skills and knowledge to take part in different sports and physical activities.

 

Intent

We strongly believe in the benefits that Physical Education (P.E) & sport provides our pupils and so we strive to ensure that it is an integral part of our children’s lives throughout their time at Plantation. P.E is a subject that develops pupils’ physical competence and confidence, and their ability to use these to perform a range of activities to a high standard. Also, P.E promotes opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups/teams. This improves their ability to work with other pupils and their resilience when tackling challenging tasks. Furthermore, regular P.E opportunities promote positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles. The primary phase of education is fundamental in maintaining participation rates in further life, and so creating positive, enjoyable experiences for our children will only improve our future generation’s health and fitness. We will continue to promote P.E & sport at Plantation Primary in a wide variety of ways. 

  • Our P.E curriculum follows the content of the EYFS statutory framework & National Curriculum. It is structured appropriately so that our children are given the opportunity to develop motor competences and flourish. It has been designed so that Fundamental Movement Skills can be mastered by the end of KS1. This then allows our KS2 curriculum to begin developing declarative and procedural knowledge and applying these in specific sporting contexts. A balance of breadth and depth has been struck to ensure that our children receive ample opportunity to practise skills without being restricted to participating in a limited number of sports.
  • We provide an inclusive curriculum, ensuring those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and those who are disadvantaged receive the same opportunities as their peers in PE.
  • We have identified the appropriate vocabulary that needs to be used throughout the teaching of our curriculum to ensure that our children leave the primary phase with a solid understanding of the key terms used within different sporting areas (e.g. invasion games, gymnastics, athletics etc.)
  • We have established a framework for CPD that identifies the staff most in need of further support and then provides CPD opportunities through methods such as team teach, staff meetings, external courses and online resources.
  • We use an ‘end point’ assessment system to track the progress of our children and to inform future decision making.
  • We provide an extra-curricular programme (clubs & intra-school competitions) that balances reflecting our curriculum with providing new experiences. Our curriculum acts as a ‘shop window’ for our extra-curricular programme, providing our children with additional opportunities to practise and apply the skills & knowledge that they have learned. However, our extra-curricular programme also gives our children exciting, new sports & activities to try too. By clearly ‘signposting’ local community clubs, we are ensuring that our children can continue to participate in the activities that they have enjoyed once they have reached the end of their ‘school sport journey’.
  • We ensure that as many of our children as possible experience inter-school competition through working in partnership with local cluster schools, our trust schools and local organisations such as Knowsley School Sports Partnership (KSSP) and Merseyside Sports Partnership (MSP).
  • Our school use the sports premium funding effectively to ensure that it has a sustainable impact on our children’s physical activity levels.
  • Our P.E co-ordinator will continue to explore the links for cross-curricular learning and establish key working practices across school so that we can continue to improve the learning experiences and health & wellbeing of our pupils.
  • Our P.E co-ordinator regularly reviews the subject through termly subject moderation. We believe that it is important to engage with our key stakeholders of children, staff & parents at least once a year to establish ways in which the subject can be improved.
  • We always aim to create memorable, positive sporting experiences for all of our children through our annual National School Sports Week (NSSW) themed celebrations. Our themes have cross-curricular links and always have a focus text(s) at the centre of them.
  • Our school shares the latest news, information and achievements through the use of our school website, social media and internal school displays.

 

Implementation

  • At Plantation Primary, we are proud to provide all of our children with 2 hours of high quality PE per week. Furthermore, this time is maximised by asking all of our children to attend school in their P.E kits on their designated P.E days.
  • Our school uses the PE Hub as the basis for our curriculum. This is supplemented by other resources from Enrich Education, National Governing Bodies and the P.E co-ordinator. Each unit in each year group has been carefully sequenced and our P.E curriculum maps identify this sequence of learning for each year group and how each unit of work links to the EYFS statutory framework and National Curriculum. Our progression of skills documents identify how learning develops in each of the topics through the year groups.
  • During curriculum lessons, teachers and TAs work collaboratively to adapt lessons so that all children can take part. The STEP principle is applied by teachers and support staff to differentiate learning tasks for our children.
  • Our CPD model promotes teachers developing by doing. This is done through ‘team teaching’ with our specialist P.E coaches and through termly, practical staff meetings. Our practical staff meetings conclude with all teaching staff completing a questionnaire that identifies their confidence levels in delivering the different aspects of the PE curriculum. This data is then analysed by the P.E co-ordinator & is used to inform future practical CPD opportunities.
  • Our school’s online cloud storage is utilised well as a virtual space for all P.E resources is available to all staff. This includes CPD lesson videos that were recorded during the CO-VID pandemic to support staff whilst social distancing guidelines were in place and glossaries to support staff in developing their knowledge of each aspect’s key vocabulary. PE Hub’s online resources also support our staff’s CPD. Their videos, images, rule guides and knowledge cards are used regularly by staff.
  • We have created an assessment framework that focuses on key ‘end points’ for each topic in each year group between Y1-6. Each topic in KS1 has 15 end points (3 core, 9 additional & 3 further) and each topic in KS2 has 21 end points (3 core, 15 additional & 3 further). These end points identify the skills and knowledge that our children should learn, demonstrate and recall after a topic has been completed. Teachers reflect on these end points regularly to ensure that they are accurately assessing the children.
  • We offer an extensive sporting extra-curricular programme each year. Y1-6 children have at least 2 after school sporting opportunities to choose from each half term. For KS1 children, these consist of two sports clubs. For KS2 children, these consist of 1 sports club and at least 2 intra-school competitions. Our break and lunchtimes also provide our children with further sporting opportunities and often focus on specific groups of children (Girls, Below ARE, SEND) or our school values. (Respect, Determination, Kindness & Honesty.
  • Our school website shares a list of local community clubs and facilities that our children can access outside of school. In total, there are 13 organisations that offer opportunities in 10 different sports available for children and their parents/guardians to contact. This information is also available on our P.E & Sport hall display.
  • Inter-school competitions are attended throughout every school year. We subscribe to the KSSP each year and thus get access to their vast calendar of competitions. They offer competitions in a wide range of sports for a wide range of ages and ability levels. This allows us to create different sports teams for different groups of children within our school. Also, our specialist sports coach liaises with other local primary and secondary schools to arrange further inter-school competitions. These are often tailored to meet the specific needs of the local primary schools and focus more on the School Game Values. For any successful teams, there is the opportunity to represent the borough at MSP’s Merseyside Games.
  • Our school sports premium funding is used to fund our coaches working in school. They work across the school two days a week to deliver our CPD opportunities and some of our extra-curricular programme. Our specialist sports coach also delivers our booster swimming sessions for children not meeting the end points from their swimming topic. A sports premium justification document is produced every year that outlines our use of funding and its impact. It also displays our Year 6 swimming data from the past 3 years. The document is available on the school website.
  • Active intervention strategies such as ‘ABall 1’, ‘Revisercise’ and Cross-curricular orienteering have been trialled by staff as a part of the P.E co-ordinator’s NPQSL project. His project concluded that these activities did have a positive impact on learning (particularly in the younger age groups). Therefore, these were shared with staff during staff meetings/INSET days and were running weekly in Y1-6 before CO-VID.
  • Our P.E co-ordinator conducts a subject moderation cycle every year. This consists of pupil voice, learning walks, equipment/curriculum audits and key stakeholder feedback. Pupil voice is carried out with groups of children and explores their experiences of P.E & Sport inside and outside of school. In future cases, it will also provide children the opportunity to show what they have learnt in previous topics through practical demonstrations, thus aiding the subject leader in evaluating the effectiveness of the assessment process in school. Learning walks are carried out by the subject leader. At least once a year, the school link governor for P.E & Sport accompanies the subject leader too. This gives the link governor the opportunity to see the contents of the termly P.E governor report in real life contexts across the school.
  • Our previous NSSW celebrations have had the following themes: Harry Potter (2019), Plantation Home Games (2020), Highland Games (2021) & U.S.A (2022). Each week always includes sports sessions, intra-school competitions for each year group, sports festivals for parents to attend and cross-curricular learning opportunities for the children. An example of this was 2019’s Harry Potter theme as the children explored the different games in J.K.Rowling’s ‘Quidditch through the Ages’ book, created their own broomsticks and played Quidditch in our ‘Hogwarts History of Sports Festival’. 
  • Our P.E website page, Twitter account and Main Hall display board is updated regularly with news, information and achievements. Our Main Hall display board is also used as a ‘Hall of Fame’ for our intra-school competitions, as the photograph of the winning individual/team is pinned up for the whole school year.

 

Impact

  • Our excellence and commitment to P.E and Sport has been recognised at the Educate Awards, as we received the ‘Outstanding Commitment to P.E & Sport in Primary School’ award in 2017, 2018 & 2020. It has also been recognised by the Sainsbury’s School Games, as we have received the gold award for the previous four academic years unaffected by CO-VID pandemic (2016-2019 & 2021-2022). Furthermore, we received the gold award from Knowsley Schools 4 Health for our ongoing commitment to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle to all of our children.
  • For the three years before the CO-VID pandemic, we averaged 77 sporting extra-curricular clubs per academic year. These ran across all year groups and included clubs that targeted specific demographics of children (e.g. This Girl Can, Inclusive club, and Reception parent and child workshop). Last year’s total was lower (22) due to our school easing out of CO-VID restrictions in the Autumn & Spring terms. However, this number will increase this year.
  • For the three years before the CO-VID pandemic, we attended 23 inter-school competitions (on average). These included successes at the Merseyside Games in Swimming, Futsal and SEND Tri-Golf. Last year, we attended 16 inter-school competitions with our SEND Boccia team & swimming team winning the Knowsley competition. This year, we intend to attend 20 inter-school competitions (excluding local cluster competitions). Furthermore, we are aiming for all of our Y6 children to represent our school at an inter-school competition (if they want to) before the end of the academic year.
  • Since its inception, Sports Premium funding has been used to improve sporting provision in our school in order to ensure that all of our children are active and are lifelong participants in sport and physical activity. Our use of Sports Premium funding was praised by Merseyside Sports Partnership (MSP) in 2018 and a case study was created about our uses of the funding. This case study and the supporting videos can be viewed on our school website.
  • Our Y6 swimming data for the previous academic year was improved due to the booster sessions that we delivered. The percentage of pupils swimming 25 metres increased by 11.88%, pupils using a range of strokes increased by 16.95% and pupils performing safe self-rescue increased by 27.12%.
  • Our NSSW celebrations are providing positive sporting experiences for our children (85% of children scored the week >7/10 last year whilst parent feedback gained in previous NSSW’s involving parents has been positive).

 

Sports Premium Funding

For information regarding our use of the sports premium funding, please click here

 

Additional Information

For additional information regarding the awards that we have won, our extra-curricular programme and our links to local community clubs, please click here

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Plantation Primary and Nursery School

Hollies Road, Halewood, Knowsley L26 0TH

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