At St Gabriel’s Catholic Primary School, we recognise the importance PE plays in the curriculum and
are committed to providing our children with opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education. The
aim of our PE programme is to develop children’s basic physical competencies, build confidence in
their ability and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.
The aims of our PE curriculum are:
? To develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity;
? To develop their competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, enabling them to
develop and explore skills with increasing control and coordination;
? To teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise and
understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle;
? To encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations, including
leadership skills, self-awareness and praise and motivation for others;
? To develop an understanding of how to evaluate their own success, developing resilience and
the ability to cope with both success and failure in competitive and cooperative activities and
adapt their performance accordingly.
? To engage children in competitive sports and activities.
PE lessons encourage the children to compete against themselves and others whilst being challenged
to improve their physical, social, emotional and thinking skills. These skills are embedded in the heart
of our planning.
Our PE curriculum develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can
perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These include
dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and athletics. Physical Education at St Gabriel’s promotes the
children’s understanding of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and
promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Thus we enable them to make informed choices
about physical activity throughout their education and into the future.
Through provision within school and extra-curricular activities, children are provided with
opportunities to try new activities and therefore find a sport or activity that they love. Children will
leave St Gabriel’s with a positive relationship towards physical health, activity and wellbeing and a
broad knowledge of sports available to them.
Pupils at St Gabriel’s participate in two hours of timetabled, high quality PE and sporting activities each
week. One hour is delivered by the class teacher and one hour is delivered by an ASM Sports Coach.
ASM Sports Coaches provide assistance with the planning and delivery of additional sporting
Teacher-led PE lessons are planned using the Get Set 4 PE platform, which aligns with our core values
and the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. Get Set 4 PE is planned so that progression is built into the scheme which ensures our children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school. The curriculum planning in PE is carried out in three phases. The long-term plan maps out the PEactivities covered in each term. This is planned by the subject lead to provide a broad, balanced andprogressive curriculum. The curriculum map is carefully considered, ensuring sports and skills are
delivered at appropriate times during the year whilst also supporting pupil involvement in inter-school
sports within Alsager Primary Schools.
Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding and this is done through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/small group activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for other children and we encourage the children to evaluate their own work as well as the work of the other children. Within lessons, children are given the opportunity to collaborate and compete with each other, and they have the opportunity to use a wide
range of resources.
Suitable learning opportunities are provided for all children, as we match the challenge of the task to the
ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies:
? Setting common tasks that are open ended and therefore differentiated by results;
? Setting tasks of increasing difficulty, where children might not complete all tasks but will reach the
appropriate challenge for them;
? Grouping children by ability and setting tasks for each group;
? Grouping children in mixed ability;
? Providing a range of challenge through the provision of different equipment.
Our teachers assess the children’s work in PE, both by making informal judgements, as they observe them during lessons, and through assessing against the specific objectives set out in the National Curriculum and recorded using the Get Set 4 PE assessment software. We have clear expectations of what the pupils will know, understand and be able to do at the end of each unit. Teachers are supported with resources to know how to prepare children for their next phase of education. These resources include the Get Set 4 PE progression of skills document, progression ladders and knowledge organisers.
ASM Sports Coaches provide half-termly assessments of pupils based on the unit and specific skills taught that term. This is collated online using the Get Set 4 PE assessment tool.
Monitoring and Reviewing
The planning and coordination of the teaching of PE is the responsibility of the subject leader, who;
• Support colleagues in their teaching, providing strategic lead and direction;
• Evaluates the strength and areas for development in the subject through staff and pupil voice
• Reviews the evidence of the children’s work and observes PE lessons.