At Tanfield Lea Primary School, we believe that high quality Physical Education and School Sport play a vital role in the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of all children. We believe it is important to give the children the knowledge, understanding and the tools to make a positive impact on their own health and well-being.
Before arriving at our school, our children have varying experiences participating in physical activity and sports outside of school. Therefore, the PE curriculum at Tanfield Lea aspires to provide opportunities to build children’s self-confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, perseverance and leadership skills through an ability to manage themselves successfully in a variety of situations. At our school, the key skills in PE have been developed from EYFS to KS2 and children are given the opportunity to build upon these skills each year. Key vocabulary in PE is also introduced at the earliest age and is consolidated and embedded across the different year groups. Due to the variety of class sizes at our school, PE units are taught on a 2-year cycle, in half termly blocks, and the children participate in high quality PE and sporting activities, incorporating a wide variety of physical activities including: games, dance, gymnastics, swimming and athletics. These activities are carried out in a safe and supportive environment, where effort and hard work, as well as success, is celebrated. This is achieved by children participating in engaging lessons with effective differentiation, using the STEP approach, to ensure that all children can be successful.
At our school, we believe in opening doors and enriching the lives of our children and that our cultural capital opportunities are vital in educating the whole child. We enrich our Physical Education curriculum by providing opportunities for children to participate in competitive sport, festivals and extra-curricular clubs before, during and after school. Competitive sport involves children competing both within our school and against other schools in a variety of sports, whereas festivals and extra-curricular clubs take an inclusive approach, which encourage physical development as well as health and wellbeing. In addition to this, the children in Years 5 and 6 are given the opportunity to attend residential trips to Grinton Lodge (Yorkshire Dales) and Howtown (Lake District) to participate in essential outdoor and adventurous activities.
Children are taught that to be successful in Physical Education, they need to take responsibility for their own health and fitness. Due to this, our aim is to motivate children to use these values and, in an independent and effective way, to live happy and healthy lives. This is in preparation to study Physical Education to a high standard and to set career goals within: military careers, personal training, healthcare professionals, sports coaching, teaching and professional sportspeople.
To ensure that children are at the required standard, the Subject Coordinator monitors the high-quality Physical Education at our school by close discussion with colleagues and sports coaches and lesson observations.
To ensure children are prepared for their next steps in education, the Subject Coordinator has developed the schools Physical Education Progression map (see below) and has attended County PE conferences to remain up to date with current matters. We have also introduced 3 enrichment days, where children participate in various activities throughout the year, linked to healthy living, disability awareness and sporting activities. During these days, the children develop a deeper awareness of their own health and wellbeing as well as the health and wellbeing of those around them. In addition to this, we have introduced a variety of new sports to our PE curriculum to broaden the children’s experiences.
At Tanfield Lea Primary, we have worked extremely hard to develop PE and school sport, which has been recognised and has led to us achieving the Gold Sainsbury’s School Games Mark. In addition, we have achieved the Active 30 Award for children participating in 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
Subject Area Progression Map
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