"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
Intent, Implementation and Impact Report - PE
At Todwick Primary School, it is our goal to provide pupils with opportunities to engage in physical learning and develop key life skills. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that include, challenge and support every child. We intend to teach children how to work cooperatively with others as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play in order to embed life-long values. Our curriculum aims to improve the fitness and wellbeing of all pupils at Todwick Primary School, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and qualities that PE promotes.
- At Todwick Primary School, we have invested in the ‘Real PE’ scheme which focusses on developing the whole child whilst building on the key skills needed to succeed in PE. Each class will participate in one Real PE lesson per week in addition to a lesson linked to their other block of learning (e.g. invasion games).
- PE at Todwick Primary School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, striking and fielding games, gymnastics, dance, swimming, net & wall games and outdoor learning.
- Pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 participate in two high quality PE lessons each week.
- Pupils are encouraged to engage in the varied extra-curricular activities and clubs after school.
- Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area alongside partner schools. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These activities provide opportunities to develop teamwork and leadership skills in an active and enjoyable way.
- EYFS children undertake daily physical exercise within a specialised external play area, including access to a nature area. They also have use of the school hall for one structured PE lesson per week. Cross-curricular links enable PE activities to take place during literacy and maths.
- All pupils participate in ‘Fit in 15’ activities each day, which may include playing games, running or completing challenges in order to raise children’s heartrates. ‘Fit in 15’, alongside small bursts of exercise throughout each day, helps to meet the government’s target of all children being active for at least 60 minutes every day.
- Pupils from FS2 to Year 3 participate in one swimming lesson per week at a swimming pool on the school’s site. FS2 children begin their swimming lessons in the Spring term. Children from Year 4 who did not meet the expected standard at the end of Year 3 undertake swimming lessons during the Autumn term.
- Staff have access to CPD training from ‘Real PE’ professionals to develop subject knowledge and confidence when teaching PE.
- We are soon to introduce ‘Sports Leaders’ for the school with our Year 5 children. Pupils will develop themselves as sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunch-time activities, our annual sports day and any other sporting activities.
- Adult support and suitable equipment is provided within each lesson. However, it is essential that the equipment and challenges are adapted to support the different needs of the children, including those with SEND.
Our PE curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to maximise progression. In all classes, children have a wide range of abilities. Whilst recognising this fact, we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. Children are also able to provide challenges for themselves and others through peer coaching opportunities, allowing them to take control of their own learning. In doing so, pupils improve their fitness levels and key movement skills whilst developing their resilience, teamwork and perseverance.
Our wonderful Year 4 class have been learning a Hindu dance, which they then taught to the FS2 children for their PE lessons. All of the children were so excited and engaged in their learning and it was such a fantastic opportunity for different classes to work together. Well done everyone!