Mr Bianco is our PE Leader.
What is our approach to PE?
At St Thomas CE Academy, we recognise the contribution that PE and sport contributes to the health and well-being of our children. We believe that a broad and balanced PE curriculum with a range of extra-curricular activities and access to competitive sport can have a positive influence on the concentration, achievement and attitude of all our children. Our aim is to develop children into understanding what takes to live a healthy lifestyle through sport, active hobbies and gain a positive attitude.
Our curriculum is designed to expose our children to various sports and activities that help them build on their foundation skills, movement and physical development. Below is our overview of the year. This plan covers all areas of development as stated in the PE curriculum, which you can find attached to our Sports Premium Funding. We cover some units of work several times to re-visit and progress skills further. We also introduce more complex skills, key vocabulary and sports as they work through the key stages.
Sports Initiative Week is a huge part of our school curriculum. We access many different skills that help our children develop in an exciting opportunities which we find unique. In previous years we have had a Brazilian Martial Arts called ‘Capoeira’, proving successful with a club still running 5 years on. We have also had themes of ‘Gladiators’ (the old TV show), and ‘Urban Freestyle’ which enabled us to promote cycling and scooting to school. The theme for the week also links into other curriculum areas and our Sports Day always has a little twist to keep it fresh and exciting for our pupils. We consider the context of our school and make the theme of the week relative to our pupils.
What does PE look like in the classroom?
Planning, assessment and quality of teaching is of a high priority. The school employs a PE & Wider Schools Leader to ensure consistency and quality of our PE and extended schools provision is of a high quality. Below is a sample of our planning. We show progression and differentiation for all students to make progress, no matter their ability. We simply encourage children to enjoy their sport and ignite interests that will help them live a long and healthy life.
Members of staff are supported by the subject leader who is available to support on a daily basis. This enables teachers to discuss and improve their knowledge in this subject. Termly meetings are held with teachers to assess the children and teachers ability, and highlight any areas for development.
Units of work are broken down into 6 sessions that include skills (shown in our progression of skills map) and objectives to be learnt. These sessions are designed to build pupils confidence and skills to finally prepare our children to compete in School Games (Level 1 & 2) when they reach Key Stage 2.
How do we measure success in PE?
Some units of work are revisited throughout the year. The planning enables children to recap on certain skills through different sports. For example, a 6 week set of planning of striking and fielding can focus on gathering, throwing and catching in Cricket one term. When revisited later in the year, they will repeat skills but through another similar sport like Rounders. This is when teachers can assess progress is being made and challenge children to progress further.
During lessons, class discussions are carried out in lessons that involve self-evaluation, peer assessment, and recap of previous lessons and skills. Teachers can use this to help assess children’s progress and develop their knowledge of where they are at and what they need to do to progress further. By highlighting areas of development, the lessons are then used to improve their skills further.
Termly competitions for our Upper Key Stage 2 pupils allows children to be engaged in improving their skills to compete against other schools and prepare them for their next stage of their educational journey.