At Rivington Foundation Primary School we believe that Physical Education develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These include dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor adventure activities. Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle; thus we enable them to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives. It also encourages healthy competition in and out of school as well as highlighting the importance of team building and forging social bonds. We strive to include all children of differing abilities in PE and provision is made for SEN children in the school.
How our PE curriculum is delivered
Though use of our allocated PE and Sports premium funding, we are able to have qualified, specialist coaches and teachers deliver our PE curriculum across school from Chorley Schools Sports Partnership. Working in partnership with CSSP, we have designed a broad and balanced PE curriculum which incorporates a development of fundamental physical literacy skills from EYFS and KS1, to a deepening of these skills into KS2 through further application into a broad range of sports.
CSSP coaches and teachers adopt the use of Lancashire planning to ensure that all the requirements of the national curriculum are met across the three key stages, as well as enhancing with their own units of work.
CSSP also provide a breadth of CPD opportunities for our staff through PLT days to develop the leadership of PE in school; and with all of our teachers and teaching assistants having opportunities to observe specialist teaching of the PE curriculum. Teachers also have opportunities to apply their PE teaching skills through additional PE lessons in school e.g. National Sports Week. This has ensured that we are providing a high quality PE curriculum of at least two hours per week for each class, that is sustainable and develops our staff at the same time.
Our Sports premium is also used to allow for a range of extra-curricular opportunities. We have made links with local high school, Albany Academy to ensure that we are able to host, alongside CSSP, a successful Sports Day for all of our children and parents through using their excellent facilities. We attend inclusion festivals, as well as competitions at local high schools to give our children the opportunity to compete against other schools. We also have two after school clubs per week: one for KS1 and one for KS2; as well as a lunchtime club which is organised as an intervention to plug gaps in fundamental physical skills of targeted children. This is informed by assessments led by CSSP for children in Year 2, as well as observations in lessons by staff. Able, Gifted and Talented assessments in Year 6 also inform us about who to send to competitions and who to provide further challenge for in taught sessions.
In addition to this, we provide a Swimming curriculum through a two week block of swimming and water safety which the children complete in Year 4.
We also provide further enrichment opportunities in school through additional clubs such as, Fencing, Taekwondo, Performing Arts.
Living an active and healthy life style is promoted throughout school in various parts of our curriculum; for example in Food Technology in our Design Technology curriculum; in our Scarf PSHE curriculum; as well as our efforts to encourage the children to have 30 active minutes per day (nature walks in our local environment, hill sprints up our drive, Joe Wicks 5 minute workouts between lessons).
We also provide our children with outdoor adventure opportunities by offering two residential trips: one to The Anderton Centre in our locality in Year 4; and one longer residential trip to Tower Wood in The Lake District in Year 6. These trips not only provide memorable experiences for the children, but also broaden their opportunities to experience new sports and adventurous activities.
We also make use of or unique locality by having regular nature walks which are linked to other parts of our curriculum e.g. Science, English, Forest School.
How you can support your child in PE at home
- Encourage your children to take part in physical activity- 30 minutes a day. This could be a brisk walk or run; youtube exercise videos e.g. The Bodycoach TV.
- Encourage your children to try new sports by joining clubs in the local area- look out for flyers sent home which promote these. Assemblies are often run in school also, so listen out for your children talking about these too, as well as references in our weekly newsletters.
- Promote a healthy lifestyle at home through involving your children in helping to prepare healthy, balanced meals.
- Talk regularly to your children about the benefits of exercise- not just for the body, but for our emotional/mental well being too.
- Exercise together- cycling, running…
- Play games with your children where they have opportunities to rehearse fundamental skills e.g. throwing, catching, balance, co-ordination- offer lots of praise and encouragement- encouraging healthy competition- achieving their personal best.
- Look out for newsletters in school detailing new clubs being held after/ before school. Arrange to speak with your class teacher for more information if required.