At Bookwell Primary School, through our PE curriculum and provision we strive to create a culture which aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy physical activity and sport. We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities which is essential in supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and moral development to achieve a lifelong healthy lifestyle.
It is our intention to develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary in a broad range of sporting and physical activities alongside promoting healthy life style choices, the need for a balanced diet, positive growth mind-set and the resilience to persevere with activities that may be out of a child’s comfort zone. We are also passionate about the need to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others. For them to learn to be part of a team and to embed life-long values such as, fairness and respect. All pupils are provided with opportunities to take part and excel in competitive sports and other physically-demanding activities. This provision is enhanced through the use of the Sports Premium Funding.
In line with the National Curriculum and EYFS Early learning goals we aim to:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- allow children to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives
There is planned overview of teaching and learning, divided into units that cover key physical education topics alongside clear progression documents. This is reviewed, adapted and can flex with the needs of the children.
In EYFS, PE is one of the Prime Areas of Learning and underpins the development of other skills such as reading, writing and attention. As such, it is given lots of focus and is encouraged using both the indoor and outdoor provision. Children access a discrete PE lesson each week, which focuses on developing a particular skill using a varied range of equipment including parachutes, benches, balls, mats and climbing apparatus. Additional opportunities for short bursts of movement are built in throughout the day with the use of wake and shake, dough disco and active storytelling. In the EYFS, children are introduced to the word ‘healthy’ and what this means. Children are given opportunities during their PE lessons and appropriate activities within provision to observe and discuss the physical effects that being active has on their bodies.
Rising Stars Champions Scheme is the chosen platform used to implement much of the PE curriculum in Keys Stage 1 & 2 however other resource materials are used to provide a rich diet around the PE curriculum.
PE is taught by all teaching staff who have great enthusiasm for the subject and recognise the importance of physical education on emotional and mental wellbeing alongside academic attainment. Staff are also supported by external sports coaches who work across all the classes ensuring staff have the knowledge and confidence to provide quality first teaching.
Sport has a high profile at Bookwell and is woven and embedded into the daily life of the school. The grounds are used effectively to support physical development and there are a range of extra-curricular physical activities on offer.
Bookwell is part of the West Lakes Academy cluster of schools who collaborate to provide high quality sporting opportunities. These range from festivals, tournaments and competitions and include a diverse and rich variety of sports/physical activities.
Our PE Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress.
At Bookwell Primary, we monitor and measure the impact of our PE Curriculum by:
- Pupil discussions about their learning. Verbal feedback is provided within lessons with misconceptions addressed verbally.
- Assessing children’s understanding of the topic after the unit is taught.
- Capturing images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
- Conducting ‘pupil voice’ where we interview the children about their learning.
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
- A celebration of achievements
Enrichment and Cultural Capital
We aim to constantly improve our enrichment and cultural capital offering in PE. Currently, the the subject is enhanced by the following:
- School Games Values
- Wheelchair basketball
- West Lakes Academy/Copeland School Games Organiser Events
- Intra-School Competitions
- Key Steps Gymnastics
- National Skipping day
- Forest School
- Playground Equipment
- Sports’ Day
- Orienteering League
- Forest School
- Hospice at Home Colour Run
- Swim Safe session
- OAA residential
- Seascale Golf Club taster session
- Coaching at Windscale Squash Club
- Egremont Bowling Green
- Egremont Rugby League