National Curriculum Purpose of Study
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
At Houghton Primary School we strive to create a culture which aims to inspire our children to enjoy PE, encourage each other and achieve. We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different activities which is essential to their physical, emotional, spiritual ,social and moral development, laying the foundations for an active and healthy lifestyle.
At Houghton we offer a dynamic,varied and stimulating programme of activity to ensure that all children progress physically through an inspirational, unique and fully inclusive PE curriculum. We encourage all children to develop their understanding of the way in which they can use their body, equipment and apparatus safely yet imaginatively to achieve their personal goals. All children have the opportunity to be physically active, maintain a healthy lifestyle and using the medium of PE and sport increase their self esteem. We aspire for children to adopt a positive mindset and believe that anything can be achieved with determination and resilience.
The aim of Physical Education is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Children are taught to observe and produce the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individuals, team members and spectators. Thus embedding the values of cooperation, collaboration and equity of play. Our PE curriculum, along with PSHE and Science, teaches children the importance of healthy living and learning about good nutrition. At Houghton we aim for children to develop the necessary knowledge and skills which will have a positive impact on their future by becoming physically active citizens.
In order that our learners are enabled to develop the key skills and knowledge in physical education we are committed to high quality provision which is driven by the belief that engaging in physical activity, sport and competition is essential to leading active and healthy lives. We are driven by the very real concern that the current generation of children are less active and will have more health problems than previous generations of children. This video shows the possible impact.
We want all our children to engage in physical activity throughout the school day and work hard to ensure that they do so across the curriculum. Our PE curriculum is one aspect of ensuring that we have active children. We teach a minimum of 2 hours curricular PE each week. We follow the Cambridgeshire Local Authority PE Scheme of Work to ensure coverage and progression.. Our curriculum plan is responsive to opportunities that present themselves throughout the year.and reflect our school and local communities. We engage with Hunts Schools Sports Partnership to ensure great CPD for our teachers, enabling them to deliver high quality teaching in PE. Our curriculum is enhanced by links with local sports clubs. We organise a variety of extra-curricular opportunities for our children and take part in lots of competition, both within school and across schools. We hold Sports Mornings’ which are led by our Year 5 and 6 Sports Leaders for children in years 1 – 6.
We uphold the School Games values and they form the mainstay of our House Point Award system when we award points when we see the values being demonstrated.
Assessment of PE skills is ongoing (formative) during lessons. Teachers use the skills statements to assess and use this responsively to support children as necessary.
At the end of each unit teachers assess children’s knowledge through comparative judgement.
We have achieved the GOLD level in the National School Games Awards every year since 2016 and were finalists in the Living Sport Primary School of the Year Award in 2016.
Houghton Primary School
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