At New Brancepeth Primary School, we believe that high-quality Physical Education and School Sport play a vital role in the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of all children. We believe it is important to give the children the knowledge, understanding and the tools to make a positive impact on their own mental health and well-being.
The PE curriculum at New Brancepeth aspires to provide opportunities to build children’s self-confidence, self-esteem, teamwork, perseverance and leadership skills through an ability to manage themselves successfully in a variety of situations. At our school, the key skills in PE have been developed from EYFS to KS2 and children are given the opportunity to build upon these skills each year. We have carefully developed a progressive curriculum using ‘Core Tasks’ which incorporate a wide variety of physical activities including: OAA (Outdoor and Adventurous), games, dance, gymnastics and athletics. Children are assessed using the same core task at the beginning and end of a unit, to monitor progress. These activities are carried out in a safe and supportive environment, where effort and hard work, as well as success, is celebrated. This is achieved by children participating in engaging lessons with effective differentiation, using the STEP approach, to ensure that all children can be successful. Over each half term, there can be up to 2 core tasks taught although, in Key Stage Two it is normally one core task alongside weekly swimming lessons. Key vocabulary in PE is also introduced at the earliest age and is consolidated, embedded and progressive across each year group.
We enrich our PE curriculum by providing opportunities for children to participate in competitive sport (currently these are virtual competitions), festivals and extra-curricular clubs before, during and after school. In addition to this, we participate in a Gifted and Talented programme with specifically chosen year 5 and 6 children. This allows gifted and talented children the opportunity to develop and challenge their own skills and knowledge further alongside children from other schools.
To ensure that children are at the required standard, the Subject Coordinator monitors the high-quality Physical Education at our school by watching the pre and final assessment videos, close discussions with colleagues and lesson observations.
At New Brancepeth Primary, we are working extremely hard to develop PE and School Sport, we are currently signed up to the School Games Mark and making positive steps towards this achievement. In addition, we have achieved the Active 30 Award for children participating in 30 minutes of physical activity each day.