Our intent at Ashleigh is that children will be given an opportunity to develop a lifelong interest in sport, fitness and PE. Their understanding of the health benefits of physical activity will allow them to make informed decisions about healthy living in the future. As a school we believe that children’s learning should demonstrate clear progression from year to year. To achieve this in PE, all teachers will use GetSet4PE planning units and year group progression documents. We also value the expertise of external coaches who can offer learning opportunities that enhance those delivered by our teachers. It is our intent to build relationships with external providers of sport to develop community links and allow children at Ashleigh to experience extracurricular sport. As PE attracts significant funding through the Primary PE and Sport Premium, the PE lead and members of the Senior Leadership Team will ensure this spending is in line within the 5 key priorities:
- The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
- The profile of PE being raised across the school
- Increased knowledge, confidence and skills of staff in teaching PE
- Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- Increased participation in competitive sport
In order to give children a broad range of experiences of different sports we use a curriculum map to ensure children learn to play at least 18 different sports during their time at Ashleigh. To ensure that children meet the expectations of our curriculum they will be timetabled to do a minimum of 2 hours of PE per week. The focus on PE teaching in EYFS and KS1 will be on fundamental skills, KS2 will focus on specific sports. Children are encouraged to improve their fitness levels during PE lessons, including muscular and cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility.
PE at Ashleigh places a high value on secure and detailed knowledge of individual sports, rules, tactics and specific vocabulary related to a given sport. We also recognise the close link between PE and the Science curriculum. Scientific concepts relating to PE are reinforced in PE lessons. These links between science and sport will be made explicit to children and are mapped alongside the science curriculum. It is our intent that as well as the knowledge and skills associated with PE, children are also taught; communication, collaboration, resilience, honesty, respect, leadership and perseverance in PE lessons.
By the end of year 6 all children at Ashleigh will have been given opportunities to:
- visit a professional sporting facility.
- meet professional athletes and sporting heroes through assemblies linked to sporting events, culture week or whole school values.
- develop leadership skills through leading warm ups in KS1 and applying for sports leaders and supporting sports events in KS2.
- represent Ashleigh at county or cluster competitions or festivals. All children in KS2 will also compete in termly intra house competitions.
- achieve a red belt in Karate.
- experience a broad range of sports and sporting activities as part of their regular PE lessons, these will include activities which take place outside of the school grounds.
- compete/participate in cluster sporting events organised by Ashleigh Primary School.
- work towards a public performance in Dance in KS1 (year 1) and KS2 (year 5).
- watch significant sporting events and achievements though assemblies and use of BBC sports clips.
- leave primary school as a confident and competent swimmer.