We are Athletes
At Amesbury Primary School, we uphold high standards in our PE curriculum and during after school sports provision. We also keep families up to date with local competitive clubs. Sports in the local area are of a high standard, many of our pupils compete at sport outside of school; therefore, our PE curriculum has to reflect the level of sport on offer in the local area.
What is the point in being an Athlete?
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.
The aims of being an Athlete are:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives.
Sequence and Structure
PE is taught by the class teacher and our sports coach for a minimum of 2 hours per week. The PE curriculum at Amesbury Primary School is designed for pupils to build on knowledge and skills progressively as they move through the school. It is essential that pupils develop their fundamental movement skills before applying them in game situations.
At Amesbury Primary School, we want the children to build the skills to become physically literate beyond education. We want to instil a lifelong passion for keeping active.
The Amesbury Primary School PE curriculum ensures children:
- have opportunities to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness;
- to become physically literate, confident and happy;
- have the skills to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities;
- to build resilience and growth mindset:
- to become independent learners and
- apply our school values of: kindness, dignity and endurance.
By the end of KS1 children should be able to:
- develop and master fundamental movements including: running, jumping, throwing and catching;
- develop balance, agility and coordination;
- begin to apply the fundamental skills in a range of activities;
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending and
- perform dances using simple movement patterns.
By the end of KS2 children should be able to:
- continue to apply fundamental skills to an increasing range of activities;
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance;
- develop broader, more sports specific skills;
- apply skills to competitive games/sports;
- develop and understand basic principles for attacking and defending;
- link them to make actions and sequences of movement;
- perform dances using a range of movement patterns;
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team;
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best;
- communicate, collaborate and compete with each other;
- develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports;
- learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success;
- swim 25m competently, confidently and proficiently;
- use a range of strokes effectively and
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
A high-quality, physical education curriculum should provide opportunities to compete in sport and other physical activities which build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. Through our PE curriculum, we always promote our school values of: Kindness, Dignity & Endurance
The Amesbury Primary School PE curriculum inspires all pupils to develop a positive and responsible attitude to their own physical, mental and emotional, social, and spiritual well-being that includes:
- valuing themselves and other people and
- the strengthening of integrity, commitment, perseverance and courage.
They will develop respect for the rights of other people, for example, through:
- acceptance of a range of abilities and
- acknowledgment of diverse viewpoints.
They will develop care and concern for other people in their community and for the environment through:
- applying care and compassion;
- constructive challenge and competition and
- positive involvement and participation.
They will develop a sense of social justice and will demonstrate:
- fairness, inclusiveness and non-discriminatory practices and
- tolerance and open-mindedness.
We hope these values will help the children to:
- become physically literate, confident and happy;
- build resilience and growth mindset;
- follow the Olympic values of: friendship, courage, inspiration, determination, equality, respect and excellence;
- follow the Paralympic values of: determination, inspiration, courage and equality and
- follow our school values during PE lessons, playing sports and whilst being physically active.
At Amesbury Primary School, our curriculum is well matched to our intention: the PE curriculum progressive. Our teachers and PE coach teach the fundamental skills to the whole school.
Our PE curriculum is broken up into yearly overviews, this ensures that progression is being made throughout the year groups. Medium term plans are provided by The Sports Project. Overall, the pupils are aiming to achieve or exceed the National Curriculum attainment targets.
Cross Curricular Links
PE lends itself very well to being cross curricular. All teachers aim to incorporate PE and movement into many of their lessons as every child should be active for at least 60 minutes a day. Teachers at Amesbury Primary School are fantastic at finding ways to be active during other subject lessons, for example: active learning in maths, phonics or science.
At Amesbury Primary School we have healthy, motivated pupils with good all round well-being. We see children choosing to be active in their ‘own’ time i.e. playtimes. Participation in after school clubs increases each term (numbers allowing), and we love seeing pupils competing in competitive sports, both for the school, county and clubs.
Amesbury Primary School teachers and coaches use formative assessment during lessons. Through observations they can closely monitor and observe children individually, or in a group/team. By doing this they can offer instant feedback or ask questions to encourage the children to explore their learning. This style of assessment can change the content of the lesson as it is happening, teachers are flexible and adapt their approaches to allow for this. Summative assessment takes place at the end of each unit of work, it should quite simply be; has the pupil met the unit of work objectives or not? If they haven’t the PE lead and the next class teacher should be informed. Teachers can use this information to make adaptations in the unit of work the next time they deliver it.
At Amesbury Primary School, we aim to build a reputation for creating skilled, sporting ‘all-rounders’. We believe by doing this it will build skills that will put the children in good stead for secondary school PE, sports and later life. We love hearing from past pupils about their sporting achievements.
Being physically active is a mind set for life; even if pupils aren’t ‘sporty’ they leave us understanding the importance of keeping active and healthy.