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Curriculum Design

at St Wilfrid's CE Primary School

PE is not seen in isolation; it makes a valuable contribution to pupils’ personal development and children’s understanding of how to live active, healthy lifestyles. As such, there are strong links between our PE, PSHE and Science curriculum. Through our careful selection of content and intelligent sequencing, our aim is that more children will believe that PE is for them and inequalities can be reduced.

Our spiral PE curriculum teaches skills progressively so each year, our children are prepared and equipped to succeed in the next.  The curriculum that is taught in each year group is designed to build towards specific end points, for example it is essential that pupils develop their fundamental movement skills (taught in EYFS and KS1) before applying them in game situations (taught in KS2). 

Curriculum planning and sequencing

We ensure that our PE curriculum builds on previous learning and that it is, where appropriate, cross-curricular, to create a greater coherence and context for the children. PE is taught from Reception to Year 6 in weekly sessions. 

Early Years

In our EYFS curriculum, PE is covered in the Physical Development Early Learning Goals.  Children in Reception have the opportunity to complete fine and gross motor activities in a range of high-quality learning areas both indoors and outdoors.  During this continuous provision time, children are able to develop fundamental skills and master basic movements which will assist them with their overall development.  Children in EYFS also participate in a weekly PE session.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1 the lessons are taught by the class teachers and our expert sports coaches.  During these lessons, children will have opportunities to participate and perform in a range of physical activities to ensure they develop a range of skills such as;

  • fundamental movements including running, throwing, jumping, throwing and catching.
  • balance, agility and coordination.
  • applying fundamental skills in a range of activities.
  • participating in team games and developing simple tactics.
  • performing dances using simple movements.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2 the lessons are also taught by class teachers and expert sports coaches. Children learn how to continue to apply and develop their broad range of skills such as;  

  • applying fundamental skills to an increasing range of activities and competitive sports.
  • developing and understand basic principles for attacking and defending.
  • performing dances using a range of movement patterns, developing flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.
  • communicating, collaborating and competing with each other.
  • taking part in swimming lessons.
  • evaluating and recognising their own success.

Belonging to our local community

Participation in sport makes “our lives go better, not just longer.” - Kretchmar, 2006

Sport is an immense part of our local culture and shared heritage in Manchester. We feel that it is important that our children have a strong sense of belonging to our locality and knowing the different sporting communities in the local area.  Throughout the year, year groups utilise our local sporting facilities as well as taking part in numerous sporting competitions with other schools from cricket to football to cross country. We're extremely proud of our pupils' achievements in these competitions. Children are also given the opportunity to compete in our yearly sports day. Many of our pupils compete outside of school and we frequently celebrate their successes.

A broad and balanced curriculum

We passionately believe that the PE curriculum builds upon the skills and knowledge of a range of subjects as well as enhance important life skills such as team work and communication.  We ensure that in each and every lesson, children are reflecting upon their learning, carefully thinking through the values of passion, self-belief, respect, honesty, determination and team work so that they can continue to grow and flourish in their communities. 

High ambitions

Throughout the PE curriculum at St Wilfrid’s CE, there is an expectation of high standards and involvement within lessons.  We passionately believe that all children have talents, discovered or yet to be discovered. To ensure that all children have full access to the PE curriculum, sport premium funding is used to allow for a broad variety of experiences and high quality learning.  For children with SEN, our PE curriculum and the resources we use are adapted so that they have the opportunity to receive their full educational entitlement as well as have the opportunity to take part in all extra physical activities offered.  Our PE curriculum is designed so that all may be challenged to fulfil their potential.

Impact – how we measure what we teach

The impact of this PE curriculum is to enable children to flourish in physical activity as we as foster characteristics such as fairness and respect.  We are confident that all pupils will be enriched by the PE curriculum so that they can confidently use their acquired skills and knowledge, such as communication and collaboration, to become positive, active members in their families, friendships and communities.  The children’s learning journey in PE is assessed each term using the current assessment framework and reported on formally to parents at the end of each academic year. 

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