At the Convent of Jesus and Mary Infant School & Nursery, we believe a high quality PE curriculum is be an integral part of the whole school curriculum and one that staff, pupils and parents understand and can contribute to. Through PE & Sport, our pupils learn to develop the important qualities of discipline, resilience, communication, leadership, teamwork and ambition. This will lead them to an understanding of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle enabling them to have improved concentration, attitudes and academic outcomes. Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop the fundamental skills and competence to excel in a wide range of physical activities by providing a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for all to be enjoyed.
We aim to offer a high quality PE curriculum which is delivered by a specialised coach and will support the development of concentration on physical literacy through gymnastics, dance, and multi-skills. It will allow pupils to learn about themselves, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, self-expression and concepts such as fair play and respect. It also contributes to the development of a range of important cognitive skills such as decision making and analysis, and social skills such as teamwork and communication.
Our PE curriculum will be inclusive and ensure that pupils of all abilities access the range of activities we offer and that they are physically active for sustained periods of time in order to encourage them to lead healthy, active lives.
All pupils have 2 hours of PE timetabled each week. PE is taught by a specialised PE Coach. Throughout Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, children are given the opportunity to experience and develop skills in a wide range of sporting activities. This occurs through delivery of the P.E. curriculum (Complete PE) This resource contains units of work for every context of learning covering the National Curriculum objectives through a variety of sports activities. The Primary units of work flow in a progressive and sequential order from EYFS to KS1, ensuring that we are always challenging learning. As the children move through EYFS and KS1, they continue to develop their gross and fine motor skills. Additional to this, a sense of fair play and sportsmanship is nurtured. All aspects of physical activity are underpinned by a drive to expend energy and exert the body and mind to develop fitness on a daily basis. Taking part in the daily kilometre/mile and organised activities at lunchtime enable every child to have the opportunity to achieve this.
The specialist PE Coach and adults across the school act as role models for P.E. by ensuring that children have access to good quality equipment, recognising and rewarding children for development during activities, wearing sports clothing for P.E. and volunteering to take pupils to extra-curricular festivals and competitions, as well as sports activities off-site. The school are part of the Brent Infant Cluster (five Infant Schools in our Local Authority) and we work collaboratively, particularly with Sports, Music and Arts.
The Specialist Coach works alongside TAs to deliver purposeful and active playtimes. In addition, after school extra-curricular clubs include tennis, multi skills, football and Taekwondo. Pupils run the Daily Mile every morning to help develop fundamental movement skills and a readiness for focussed learning. The daily mile supports the development of gross motor skills which allow pupils to increase their agility, strength, balance, co-ordination and speed.
Assessment of skills, identified within the P.E. National Curriculum, is carried out lesson by lesson. Pupils are encouraged to peer assess, offering constructive feedback to aid further development during each lesson. The PE Specialist and Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children and we encourage the children to evaluate their own work as well as the work of other children. Children are giving the opportunity to lead within P.E lessons e.g. leading the warm up or cool down. Within lessons we give the children the opportunity both to collaborate and to compete with each other, and they have the opportunity to use a range of resources. The impact of PE and Sport is measured through pupil voice, as well as the Specialist teacher identifying skills and talents of the pupils and encouraging parents to participate in afterschool activities. We also have an oversubscription to termly after school sports clubs.