Purpose of study
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
Introduction to Physical Education at Middleton
Embed – physical literacy skills, key game principles, sportsmanship and positive mind-sets
Enrich – nurture children’s interest in sport, physical wellbeing and healthy lifestyles
Excite – through a broad curriculum, opportunities/experiences and engaging teaching
Throughout children’s time at Middleton, our students will develop in 6 main categories. To be able access some of the categories, children will need to have greater focus on some area’s to be able to access the broad PE curriculum both at Middleton and further into their lives at Secondary School and beyond. The 6 categories are:
Underpinning all Physical activity is the ability to move fluently in a variety of ways. As children start Middleton in Foundation and in Key Stage 1, there will be a huge focus on this area. Physical literacy can be split into 2 sub categories:
Children will need to develop basic movements skills first, and will continue to develop those skills alongside the generic game skills in time.
It has been shown that the development of these skills has a cross-curricular link with children’s handwriting.
Health and fitness
Children will develop an understanding of what it means to be healthy and how that differs from being physically fit.
Each lesson will be planned so that there is a high emphasis on sustained activity. Children will learn the importance of being and staying active throughout their lives, and how maintaining physical literacy will benefit them long into the future.
This area has cross-curricular links with PHSE.
Through all year groups, children will experience a wide variety of games. Through these games children will learn the value of sportsmanship, the importance of following rules, communicating the others and adapting to challenges.
As children progress into their later years at Middleton, opportunities to score, officiate and umpire.
This area has cross-curricular links with personal development in PSHE.
Learning to practice and compete
Children will learn to practice on their own to try and improve their personal skills as well as learn to work with others in various group sizes. Students will learn to compete in various forms including self-competition, playing games/sports against other teams and taking part in tournaments.
Children will experience failing at skills/losing and how to deal with this emotionally and the lessons that can be learnt from adapting their skills/tactics. Similarly, children will enjoy succeeding after being challenged and how to win with pride and dignity.
The aim of this area of is to develop learning behaviours that will translate into all forms of life and the curriculum.
Swimming and water safety
During Year 4, all children are given the opportunity to demonstrate their competence at swimming. Usually, each class has a half term in which they are taken off-site for supervised swimming and water safety training.
Once each class has had the opportunity to swim during the first half of the year, the second half of the year is dedicated to upskilling those Year 4 children who were not currently at the expected standard, and giving the opportunity to Year 5 and 6 children who had previously not met the expected standard more opportunities to get to the expected standard.
*Please note that due to the current situation, we are looking into how we can safely do this. This may mean that how we provide swimming and water safety differs to previous years.
This section is split into 6 subcategories. The first 3 will be developed in every year group at Middleton, the final 3 apply to Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6).
Below are the units of PE the children will study in each year group.