ACCRINGTON BENJAMIN HARGREAVES CE (VA) PRIMARY SCHOOL
Physical Activity and Education Policy
We, at Benjamin Hargreaves, strive for excellence and enjoyment in education by providing a safe, secure, caring family environment where all are valued and respected as individuals. We will endeavour to enable all children to reach their full potential, whilst growing in their love and understanding of the Christian faith.
Our School believes that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and well-being. The broad and balanced physical education curriculum and extra-curricular activity are intended to provide for pupils’ increased self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of situations.
Progressive learning objectives, combined with sympathetic and varied learning approaches, endeavour to provide stimulating, enjoyable, satisfying and appropriately challenging learning experiences for all pupils. Through the selection of suitably differentiated and logically developed tasks, it is intended that pupils, irrespective of their ability, will enjoy success and be motivated to further develop their individual potential.
Children are encouraged to develop positive attitudes towards health issues which they will carry into adult life. They are encouraged to appreciate the importance of a healthy and fit body, and begin to understand those factors that effect health and fitness. This work is closely aligned with the School’s policy on PSHE.
Teaching staff deliver all elements of physical education with their own classes. External specialists are used to deliver various curriculum areas throughout each year, which is balanced across all year groups with teaching staff supporting these lessons and benefiting from further professional development.
The Subject Leader for PE is responsible for identifying staff needs and will support those teachers who lack expertise in an activity area or will utilise internal or external specialists. In- service opportunities are made available to all staff through the circulation of courses organised through the LA and School Sports Partnership.
Continuity and Progression
A progressive curriculum delivered throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 is ensured by following the
Lancashire Scheme of Work. The fundamental skills knowledge and concepts of the subject are set out in “Physical Education in the National Curriculum” where they are categorised into 6 areas of activity:
Each pupil is provided with 2 hours per week of high quality physical activity. The Hall is timetabled for indoor PE throughout the day and the playground and playing field are used for outdoor PE.
At the end of each half-term children compete in intra-school competition based around the skills developed in outdoor PE lessons. Results are collated throughout the year and contribute to the Sports Award at the end of the school year.
As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum the children have access to a range of equipment and apparatus every day, aimed to enhance their physical development in relation to achieving the Early Learning Goals. The specific PE sessions work towards the areas as stated in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Key Stage One
Lessons are developed around the 3 national curriculum areas of dance, gymnastics and games.
Key Stage Two
Lessons are developed around the 5 National Curriculum areas of dance, gymnastics, games, swimming and athletics.
Pupils will access 8 swimming lessons each year throughout Key Stage Two, providing opportunities to develop greater confidence and experience.
Pupils have the opportunity to experience outdoor and adventurous activities.
Primary PE and Sport Funding
The use of the Sport Funding is to significantly enhance the provision and opportunities within PE and sport. This will be used to enhance the number of sporting clubs offered throughout school; the employment of specialist sports coaches to improve the quality of lessons and for staff development; invest in sports equipment, kit and improvements to facilities on the school field and to continue membership within the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley School Sport Partnership, which offers a full range of sporting competitions, leadership opportunities and further CPD for staff.
Extended School Activities
We recognise the importance of extra-curricular activities which support and extend children’s participation in all aspects of physical activity. The school provides a wide and extensive programme of extra-curricular activities using in-house and professional expertise. Many children have the opportunity to represent the School in inter-school competitions developing their enjoyment and interest in physical activity.
Equal Opportunities and Inclusion
The physical activity opportunities offered to pupils both within and outside curriculum time provides all pupils with equal opportunities to take part in and achieve in different activities. Consideration is given to providing a broad and balanced curriculum, which caters for the needs of all children in School regardless of gender, disability or race.
To enhance the needs of children of all abilities, planned activities provide variations in:
Children with specific disabilities and/or health conditions are assisted in lessons by various strategies, such as modifying activities by changing rules/playing area/equipment to enable children with specific needs to take part and be included or support from a Teaching Assistant.
The names of children who need to take medication prior to physical activity are recorded on the Medical Needs Register. Staff ensure the medication is taken and the children are closely monitored. The Register is updated annually in September, or as the occasion arises, by the SENDCo who ensures that all staff are informed.
Pupils are assessed at the end of each particular unit of work covered to enable the identification of skill progression throughout a unit.
Role of the Subject Leader
The Subject Leader will monitor the delivery of the PE curriculum on a termly basis. The subject leader will coordinate the school’s involvement with the School Sport Partnership to ensure staff development opportunities are taken and children regularly participate in sporting activities throughout school.
Review date: December 2018