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"Movement is a medicine or creating change in a person's physical, emotional and mental states." Carol Welch
At Rimrose Hope CE Primary school we believe that P.E. is a unique and vital contributor to every child’s physical development and wellbeing - both mental and physical. A broad and balanced physical education curriculum is designed to ensure all children develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. Progressive and logically sequenced learning objectives, combined with varied teaching approaches, aim to provide stimulating, enjoyable and appropriately challenging learning experiences for all pupils. Throughout all tasks, it is intended that, with high expectations, low threat and careful scaffolding where needed, all children, irrespective of their innate ability, will enjoy success and be motivated to further develop their individual potential.
The skills of a great physical education student:
The PE curriculum is based on the National Curriculum programme of study and ensures progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills. To ensure consistency and progression in key concepts and knowledge, from Years 1 to 6 we use and follow the Get Set 4 PE schemes of work. Units within the scheme are varied and engaging, and present pupils with opportunities to be creative, competitive and co-operative across a wide range of sports and activities.
During PE lessons, children face challenges as individuals, small groups or teams and they will learn to adapt their thinking to suit different challenges. Individuals are challenged, encouraged and given the confidence to refine the skills needed to progress at their own level. Opportunities are provided for individuals to demonstrate their learning, understanding and progress, allowing for effective assessment and next-steps planning. To maximise the confidence of our teaching team, we are committed to offering regular and bespoke CPD for all staff.
It is our aim to give the children opportunities to excel in a broad range of competitive sports so they are physically active for sustained periods and understand the role that exercise plays in a healthy lifestyle. Through high quality teaching and by employing specialist coaches where necessary, we aim to give all our children the fundamental skills, knowledge and confidence to participate successfully in lessons. It is our aim that our PE provision makes a substantial contribution to the wellbeing of our children, enthusing them with a lifelong love and a habit of being physically active.
PE at Rimrose Hope stretches children’s capabilities as they think critically about their performance and the games they compete in. In situations that can be both competitive and collaborative, children learn to overcome challenges, learn resilience, show respect for others and learn the value of sportsmanship and teamwork.
The teaching of vocabulary during P.E. lessons is an essential component of our children's education and fundamental in developing comprehension, expression, and critical thinking. It is important for children to develop a strong P.E. vocabulary so they may verbally communicate about their own or others' P.E. work. We understand how important academic and subject specific vocabulary is in the acquisition of knowledge. Consequently, teachers ensure that the Get Set 4 P.E. vocabulary pyramid are taught throughout P.E. topics.
Based upon the work of Mary Myatt, we strongly believe that children who have a rich vocabulary are better able to understand what they read, communicate their ideas clearly, and analyze and evaluate information effectively. Additionally, a broad vocabulary helps children to develop their creativity and imagination, as well as their ability to make connections and draw conclusions.
Vocabulary is a key component of our physical education curriculum. It is regularly referred to throughout all interactions. We provide opportunities for the children to encounter vocabulary through high-quality texts, all conversations, independent reading, being read to, modelled writing, listening to others, encounters on trips and with experts.
In the context of physical education, cultural capital refers to the knowledge, skills, and experiences that children bring to their learning and understanding of P.E. It includes the cultural experiences, such as visiting sporting venues, exposure to different P.E. forms, and being surrounded by physical activity in their daily lives.
Cultural capital is an important aspect of physical education at Rimrose Hope because it can help to broaden children's horizons and enhance their creativity. Children who have more cultural capital are more likely to have a deeper understanding and appreciation of P.E., which can motivate them to pursue physical education as a subject, as an activity, or as a career in the future.
We aim to develop cultural capital in our students by providing a range of experiences and opportunities to learn about P.E., such as trips to sporting venues, visiting sportspeople/coaches, participation in competitions and exploring different types of P.E. and sportspeople. We also promote cultural capital in P.E. by learning about eminent sportspeople from the past and present.
Overall, developing cultural capital in P.E. is important for providing children with the skills and experiences they need to become informed, creative, and culturally aware individuals.