At Plover School we aim to enable pupils to become physically confident and competent learners, who are able to develop their physical fitness and stretch their physical capabilities. PE will clearly contribute towards this, enabling pupils to enhance their stamina and strengthen their muscles.
Our Habits of Work and Learning (HOWLS) provide the platform on which we have built our curriculum offer at Plover School. Our PE curriculum is underpinned by our HOWLS in the following ways;
- To have the courage to have a go at a range of sports.
- To compete against other pupils and other schools.
- To develop the ability to stick with something, to continue working, to try harder and to not give up.
- To keep going in the face of defeat.
- To do their best work (individually and as a team), and then to push themselves beyond what they consider to be their best.
- To develop a desire to achieve something – individually and as part of a team.
- To achieve beyond their personal best.
- To develop confident physical scientists and sportspeople, who can think and act for themselves.
- To respect the rules of a range of different sports.
- To respect themselves and their teammates.
- To respect the other teams that they may encounter.
- To show good sportsmanship to all involved, including referees.
BEYOND THE SUBJECT
We want our PE curriculum to help children to;
- Develop the competence to be able excel in a broad range of physical activities.
- Be physically active for sustained periods of time.
- Engage in competitive sports and activities.
- Lead healthy, active lives.
Our PE curriculum has been designed to cover all of the skills set out in the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum states that ‘the curriculum should inspire 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.’
Our PE curriculum has been structured in a way to effectively facilitate this. Each class have access to 2 hours of high-quality PE lessons every week. These are either taught by the class teacher or by a member of Active8, with whom we work closely with as a school. We offer a range of sporting after school clubs – ran by Active8 too. These clubs provide children with access to a wide range of sporting activities.
A range of inter and intra events run throughout the school year, giving children opportunities to take part in competitive sports. Some of these inter-school events are organised by XP School Games, with the majority being organised by Doncaster School Games.
At Plover School, the achievements and efforts of our sportspeople, are showcased on our school website. This showcases PE learning in a range of different ways. Out of school visits and competitions are facilitated where appropriate, to enhance the pupils’ understanding and knowledge further, e.g. attending a range of competitions and festivals for a range of year groups.
Due to the nature of this curriculum area, PE monitoring takes various forms. A key component of this is pupil voice. School leaders use pupil voice as an effective tool to ascertain the pupils’ ability to express themselves through physical activity and through explanations.