At Barnsole, we know that PE is an integral part of our curriculum. We believe that the subject inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in physically demanding activities and helps them to become confident in a way, which supports their health and fitness throughout their lives. Therefore, we believe that our children should be physically active every day, whether through daily physical activity, PE lessons, break times or extra-curricular activities. At our school, we also believe that children should have the opportunity to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as teamwork, fairness and respect. We fully adhere to the aims of the National Curriculum for physical education to ensure that all children: develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities and lead healthy, active lives.
PE is taught at our school as an area of learning in its own right, as well as integrated where possible with other curriculum areas. It is taught through a minimum of one PE session per week led by PE specialists and qualified sports coaches who work alongside class teachers. We teach lessons so that children: have fun and experience success in sport; have the opportunity to participate in PE at their own level of development; secure and build on a range of skills; develop good sporting attitudes; understand basic rules; experience positive competition; learn in a safe environment; and have a foundation for lifelong physical activity, leaving primary school as physically active.
In order to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of our curriculum, we support teachers in their understanding of the expectations of the National Curriculum so that they are confident assessing pupils in every session taught. We use CPD to ensure that staff have a clear understanding of pupils’ next steps so they are able to plan and deliver lessons that respond to the individual needs of their pupils. Regular learning walks, pupil perceptions and lesson observations help our leaders maintain our high standards.
At Barnsole, we aim to provide a variety of sporting opportunities. We provide a range of PE-related activities for children during break time, lunchtimes and at the end of the school day. These encourage children to further develop their skills in a range of the activity areas and specific sports. These sporting clubs change throughout the school year and are available for all year groups. As well as sporting opportunities within the school community, the school also enters partnership and local sporting events. The children have opportunities to competitively play in a range of sports and activities. These experiences allow for children to apply their sporting skills, develop good sportsmanship and learn how to play competitively.