At Ordsall Primary School we believe that all children should enjoy the lifelong benefits that come from sport. The PE provision across the school is delivered and designed with the aim to foster this within all children, as well as ensuring that they receive their PE entitlement, as set out in the National Curriculum 2014, alongside other experiences and opportunities that best meet their learning and developmental needs.
At Ordsall Primary School, we believe that physical activity and PE has the power to develop, improve and support physical, mental, emotional and social well-being, helping to develop important life and leadership skills. The Youth Sport Trust states that increased daily activity and access to high quality PE and sport leads to improved physical, social, cognitive and emotional wellbeing. The PE and physical activity that is delivered across the school has a positive, exciting approach to healthy and active lifestyles, which helps to develop a lifelong habit of participation in sport. As a result, there is increased progress, achievement and attainment as well as gain skills for life. It is these skills for life, which are particularly important for the pupils at Ordsall Primary.
In Physical Education at Ordsall Teachers provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of differentiation strategies:
The intent of our PE curriculum is to give children the opportunity to access an exciting, engaging and broad learning experience to build upon skills and knowledge. We aspire for children to take part in experiences that they will not only commit to their long term memory but will develop their cultural capital and understanding of many of the Fundamental British Values, in particular those of mutual respect and tolerance. As a result, the curriculum that we provide in Physical Education aims to produce excellent teaching of PE and joy in learning for all children across the full breadth of the PE Curriculum. In this way, the school is in line with DFE’s School Sports and Activity Action Plan to produce a curriculum that builds character, helps pupils develop resilience, determination and self-belief, whilst instilling the values and virtues of friendship and fair play.
In our school, we teach PE to all children, whatever their ability and individual needs. We adapt planning as necessary to the context of our school and the abilities of our children. We strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those with special gifts and talents and those learning English as an additional language (EAL) in order for them to reach their full potential and achieve enjoyment and success at their own level.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage children build the foundation of physical literacy. The DFE School Sports and Activity Action Plan defines this as building physical competence alongside confidence, enjoyment knowledge and understanding. In KS1 and KS2 are delivered through the PE curriculum, which has been developed to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. These objectives are laid out in the long-term curriculum plans and clearly express the skills and knowledge that children will gain, develop and explore. All lessons are built upon through the systematic sequencing of lessons across the year groups. All units followed in the curriculum lead to the achievement of milestones and a final end point which allows children to use the skills they have acquired. Lessons and units of work are structured to allow students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills within a physical education environment.
The PE provision and curriculum is tied together using continuous assessment and progress checkers to work towards the end of year record of achievement targets. The objectives from the long term and contextualised curriculum plans are used to assess the children against milestones each term, which show the skills and knowledge they are expected to have acquired.
The PE curriculum at Ordsall is both progressive and innovative in many different ways. The school provides swimming lessons for children in Years 3, 4 and 5 that builds the skills of swimming and awareness of water safety to allow them to access adventurous outdoor activities in Year 6. The PE Sports Premium has been used, along with a grant from British Olympic Team sponsors Persimmon, to provide sports markings to allow children to access the daily mile, or develop games of their own. Sponsorship from Tomlinson Construction has allowed equipment to be provided for active playtimes, which give children the opportunity to be continually active throughout their life at Ordsall Primary School. The development of PE into extra-curricular opportunities also provides a range of opportunities so diverse that children are able access different sporting activities These include Football, Cricket, Dodgeball, Rugby, Dance club including Jazz, Ballet, Bollywood and Cheer, Boccia, Running Club, Frisbee Club, Circus Skills, Orienteering, Archery, Gymnastics, Lacrosse and Fencing to name but a few. Some of these activities, alongside curriculum opportunities, also allow the children opportunities to take part in sporting competitions in the local area.
It is our intention that the Physical Education curriculum at Ordsall Primary School will be both stimulating and motivating in order to capture the children’s curiosity and fuel their motivation to learn. Learning, Playing and Growing Together in Physical Education provides the children at Ordsall Primary School with exciting learning opportunities so that they can enjoy acquiring and developing their skills, understanding and key knowledge so that they can commit it to long-term memory and apply it fluently in a range of contexts.
If you would like to see some of the work that we do in PE please see our Twitter feed @Ordsallschool or our website, which are both used to share the work that we do with parents and carers, the local community and the wider community of Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire, the region and the United Kingdom.
If you would like to know more about the PE curriculum at Ordsall Primary School or the use of the Sports Premium please see the documents below or follow the link https://www.ordsallprimary.com/sports-premium/ . If you have any questions about the work we do in Physical Education please contact the PE Subject Leader at the school.