“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body,
it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity”
John F Kennedy
At Mersey Park Primary School, we believe that PE is a vital part of school life and ultimately children’s future well-being. It is therefore our intent to provide an inclusive, broad and balanced PE curriculum that ensures ALL children will benefit, whether through enhancing existing skills, learning new skills or being introduced to new sports, clubs, teams and organisations. It is our aim to ensure children understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and to equip them with the tools to do so through health and well-being education. Children must understand how to take care of themselves both physically and mentally in order to be successful as adults.
Beyond merely a subject, we believe that participation in sporting activity is a key element of developing a school in which pupils are proud of the community in which they belong. We believe it is important to encourage our pupils to positively engage with our local community and be active citizens within it to help promote a sense of belonging and pride in our local area. We encourage an inclusive environment with all of our curriculum and ensure all pupils, including those most vulnerable and those who are disadvantaged, have the opportunity to access the full and broad curriculum through carefully planned support and scaffolding as required.
We aim to provide a progressive and enjoyable PE curriculum that meets the needs of pupils from Reception to Year 6, that allows pupils to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. The curriculum aims to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. As well as weekly PE lessons, pupils are encouraged to keep active at break times by engaging with activities such as ‘Mile-a-day’, Key Stage 2 circuits, Key Stage 1 Yoga and Anomoly board activities. We also offer a whole school day each month that focusses on physical or mental well-being. The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in numerous sporting tournaments with other schools in the area, inter and intra class competitions, as well as after school clubs. We offer clubs that allow pupils to experience a diverse range of sporting activities, that they may not otherwise have opportunities with which to engage.
Pupils are regularly reminded about what it means to be a ‘good sport’ and we provide them with opportunities to compete in sport and other activities which build character and help to embed values such as fairness, respect and teamwork, principles we have identified as areas of development for our pupils.
Children are taught by both teaching staff and professional sports coaches from Reception to Year 6. We follow the guidelines set by the National Curriculum and this is mapped out in broad and balanced blocks using the Wirral Scheme of Work for PE, to ensure that we offer a range of activities that allow each child to feel challenged and offer opportunities to progress further. Our whole school curriculum overview, maps out the links to key areas of the National Curriculum and identifies professional sports people who embody sporting traits such as confidence, resilience, courage and ambition. Pupils are encouraged to discuss what makes these individuals so successful in their chosen field. Through this we hope to inspire our pupils to aim high and follow their ambitions, developing perseverance, grit and determination whilst developing their own personal goals, ambitions and leadership skills. Our aim is that through PE all children will develop skilful use of the body, the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions and to perform them with increasing agility, balance and co-ordination.
From Year 4 upwards, classes will attend daily, one hour swimming lessons for one week each year.
A strong focus for teaching is the use of correct technical vocabulary. Teachers carefully plan the language they use during their sessions and model, through discussion, specific technical vocabulary to help embed this language in the children’s long term memory. This is also reinforced through the use of Knowledge Organisers which are used to recap, revise and revisit key vocabulary regularly and short informal quizzes are used to embed knowledge.
Teachers are provided with regular opportunities to develop their own subject knowledge through sharing good practice, peer observation and visiting experts. Teachers also regularly take part in practical CPD sessions ran by professional sports coaches or school staff, following training.
PE is monitored through a variety of strategies, including planning scrutiny and lesson observations. Summative assessments take place throughout the year and teachers record the progress and attainment against the National Curriculum expectations. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed regularly to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment. Information is also gathered through pupil questionnaires, which highlight both strengths and achievements and the knowledge and skills that require further work in order to be embedded.
Final end of year assessments are made using criteria that have been developed in line with the National Curriculum, Target Tracker and Weaving Skills and Knowledge, to identify the level at which the child is working. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of each year. Each part of the PE curriculum is reviewed on a termly basis by the subject leader.
By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. We aim to produce active pupils who value the importance of physical fitness as well as healthy minds and bodies. We hope our pupils leave Mersey Park understanding the importance of being a ‘good sport’ and develop an appreciation of sport as a way of bringing people together and building a strong sense of community. Through our inclusive teaching methods, we aim to develop pupils who see sport as a platform for bringing together people from all different cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds and, in turn, produce pupils who demonstrate acceptance and appreciation of diversity in sport.
Click below to view our curriculum overview for all year groups.
All children in Year 4, 5 and 6 are taken swimming, each completing a 5 hour block. They are assessed against the National Curriculum standard using the online Swimphony assessment package. 76% of our Year 6 children achieved National Curriculum Level swimming a distance of 25m using a variety of strokes. In Year 4 and Year 6 pupils have the opportunity to take part in outdoor pursuit activities during residential stays at Barnston Dale and Oaklands.
In past year we have purchased new PE kits for every child in school so that all children can participate in lessons.
We offer a range of extra curricular clubs:
PE Extra Curricular Clubs- Autumn Term
KS1 Multi Sports 3.15pm – 4.15pm
KS2 Dodgeball- 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Year 6 Football- 3:15pm – 4:00pm
PE Extra Curricular Clubs- Spring Term
FOUNDATION SUBJECT REPORT TO GOVERNORS – SUMMER 2021