Intent

Education should broaden pupils’ horizons by taking them beyond the everyday. Physical education should therefore be education, in, about, and through the physical; based on strong knowledge foundations. Physical education offers opportunities to build character and embed values which will support them as they push their limits.

It enables all pupils, regardless of background, to explore their physical characteristics as well as learn about themselves and others, as they face and overcome challenges.  Physical education will provide opportunities for students to become physically confident and participate in a range of competitive and physically demanding activities. We know that in Liskeard and the near surrounds, there is the highest rate of childhood obesity in Cornwall and therefore we wish to promote a curriculum that promotes healthy activity.  Team sport is encouraged through extra-curricular activities.

PE has the power to allow all children the opportunity to excel, and to learn knowledge of how to keep themselves fit and healthy, both physically and mentally.

Implementation

  • Across the school, including EYFS, children benefit from access to the Real PE programme.  This programme is fully aligned to the National Curriculum and focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning.
  • Throughout KS1/2, PE is taught at least once a week – and often twice a week depending on other subjects being taught/practical space considerations.  Swimming is taught at the local pool in KS2 by Liskeard Hillfort staff.
  • Across the subject, where there are opportunities to reinforce skills/concepts from other subjects areas we hope to embrace these, e.g. rotation of 90 degrees, the concept of time as well as the oracy involved in the KS1 programme of study.
  • Specific PE vocabulary is used as part of demonstrations and discussions to support the teaching of the subject content, e.g. rotation, co-ordination, balance, agility etc.
  • Children are assessed using the assessment ‘wheel’ that is part of the Real PE package, in line with consistent practice across our multi-academy trust.  This will be embedded in the Spring term.  In addition, teachers make use of standard ‘Assessment for Learning’ practice.
  • Throughout the day, physical activity is encouraged.  At the start of the day children will participate in walking or ‘Wake Up, Shake Up’.  Children are provided with lively activities at lunch too, including table tennis, the adventure playground and the agility boxercise machines (Oct ’19).
  • Sports Leaders promote sport on a peer basis e.g. monitoring the table tennis, encouraging fair play and participation – with the intention to develop this aspect of our provision through the 2019/20 academic year.
  • External experts come into school to provide specialist coaching, most obviously our Dancer-in-Residence and the ‘Chance to Shine’ cricket programme.
  • In 2019/20, we have organised a series of sporting clubs which, in the Autumn term, include football, netball, badminton, dance, hockey and cross-country.
  • In recent years, LH teams are consistently successful in external competition, such as in swimming galas, the 2018 athletics Kernow Cup triumph and our successful Cross-Country team.

Impact

  • Recent pupil conferencing of children has suggested that there is a strong approval rating for the new PE curriculum.
  • Extra-curricular sporting clubs are at capacity – there are 70 spaces available in Autumn 1, with a further 72 spaces available in Autumn 2. 
  • The impact on Swimming rates has improved significantly – the shift from a pass rate of 35% to 93% represents significant improvement in swimming 25metres.  Also, the shift from 35% to 63% in self-rescues is significant, with a little way to go further.
What percentage of your Year 6 pupils could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres when they left your primary school at the end of last academic year? 93%
What percentage of your Year 6 pupils could use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke] when they left your primary school at the end of last academic year? 93%
What percentage of your Year 6 pupils could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations when they left your primary school at the end of last academic year? 63%
Schools can choose to use the primary PE and sport premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. Have you used it in this way? Yes