Wolsey House Primary School recognises and values the importance of Physical Education (P.E.) in the lives of all children. We believe that ‘a well-balanced, fun, 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.’
We do this through fully adhering to the aims of the national curriculum for physical education to ensure that all children:
It is our intention to build a curriculum that enables children to develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary in a broad range of sporting activities, as well as developing values and transferrable life skills such as tolerance, fairness and respect.
Through enrichment such as after school clubs and intra-school competitions as well as out of school competitions, we aim to raise the profile of PE and expose our children to sports they may never have had the opportunity to engage with. We believe it is vital to expose the children to a variety of sports at a young age if they are going to have a lifelong relationship with sport.
Our PE syllabus (following GetSet4PE) is based on an enhanced model of the Early Years Framework and the National Curriculum with a clear progression structure from Reception to Year 6. This progression of skills has been planned in order to build on the skills needed to meet the end of Key Stage objectives in the National Curriculum. Additionally, an imperative element of the curriculum at Wolsey House is the need need for healthy life styles, a balanced diet, positive growth mind-set and the resilience to persevere.
The Mission Statement of Wolsey House Primary School is: ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’ and we are passionate about the need to teach children how to co-operate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.
The PE curriculum is taught through the use of the GetSet4PE Scheme, which is in-line with the National Curriculum, and is used to aid teaching staff in their subject knowledge and planning of PE. Teachers are able to adjust and change lessons to suit the needs of their classes but the scheme provides a strong basis of what is expected in each year group. Each class has access to two hours of high quality physical activity every week, made up daily Fitness 10 sessions and quality teaching of PE. The children are taught once a week by their Class Teacher and once a week by the Sports Coach. The Sports Coach lesson allows the Class Teacher time to: observe, assess and reflect on their own teaching.
During every lesson children are given the opportunity to practise skills in a variety of ways and each lesson builds upon the previous skills, allowing them time to embed it. Different skills are recapped throughout, and across, the years, each time they are being built upon; allowing children to know more and remember more.
All of Key Stage 2 will receive swimming lessons throughout the year with the aim that by the end of Year 5 all children are able to swim a minimum of 25m unassisted. These lessons run throughout the whole year but alternate between classes in each year group, giving the children the opportunity to take part in other sports throughout the year too.
We subscribe to the Leicester SSPAN and this allows the children to compete against other schools in a wide variety of competitive sports throughout the year. We also run a Year 5 and 6 Football Team in association with Leicester City Football Club and they compete against other schools throughout the year. Wolsey House Primary School has also built relationships with other local clubs and coaches who provide our children the opportunity to try sports they would never have tried before.
We offer a wide range of sporting after-school clubs run by teaching staff. These clubs cost a small fee for children and are free to pupil premium children and they provide children with access to a wide range of sporting activities. The small cost allows the school to invest in new sports and expose the children to the wider life of sport. These activities are chosen by pupils through class votes and pupil voice to ensure the clubs are successful and popular.
Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Wolsey House Primary School; not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines that PE promotes. Through strong links with PHSE we promote the overall well-being and health of each child through teaching about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness.
In all classes the children possess a wide range of sporting abilities and through the use of GetSet4PE underpinning our curriculum and the work of the Sports Coach, teachers are able to adapt their lessons to meet the needs of all learners. There has been a growth in confidence of teaching staff and both children and staff at Wolsey House Primary School are thriving following the introduction of the scheme.
The after school clubs have proved to be a great success and the children are enjoying the opportunity to try new sports and learn new skills. The children at Wolsey House Primary School are eager to take part in competitive sport be that against other schools or in school.
Overall, the children at Wolsey House Primary School make good progress in PE as well as enjoying sport and growing into happy, respectful and fair competitors.