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Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy

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Physical Education

At Parbold Douglas Academy, we wholeheartedly believe that Physical Education (PE), sport and physical activity play a unique and crucial role in the physical development, health and well-being of our children, helping them to lead full and valuable lives through participation in a wide variety of enjoyable and inspiring physical activities. This includes competitive and non-competitive games. We firmly believe that the positive skills and attitudes that can be developed within a PE setting are fundamental building blocks towards future successes both in and out of the sporting environment.

Our aim is to engage, inspire and nurture every child’s potential through a rich and diverse PE and school sport curriculum that meets individual needs, interests and aspirations. In particular, we aim to develop confidence, physical competence and promote physical development in every child, enabling them to acquire the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in sport and physical activity.

We will encourage our children to observe the importance of the values of determination, passion, respect, honesty, self-belief and teamwork at all times and in all situations, and demonstrate an appreciation of fair play, effort, skill and creativity, both within their own and others’ performances.

Aims

The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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.

Attainment targets

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Subject content

Key stage 1

Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.

 

Key stage 2

Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

Pupils should be taught to:

  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
  • 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.

 

Swimming and water safety

All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.

In particular, pupils should be taught to:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

 

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