The Physical Education (PE) curriculum at Crookesbroom Primary Academy is designed to engage and inspire pupils to participate fully and develop a lifelong love of physical activity, sport and exercise.
PE at Crookesbroom provides all pupils with the knowledge and skills to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. The child-centred PE curriculum is planned and sequenced, so that new knowledge and skills build upon previous learning. It focusses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning through appropriate challenge and support. Pupils develop a sound knowledge of these fundamental skills and are able to apply them into competitive situations as well as developing teamwork and collaboration.
PE supports pupils’ oracy skills by providing them with effective language experiences through the promotion of specialist and technical vocabulary, questioning, feedback on performance, group work and other aspects of co-operative learning.
In order to meet the expectations set out in our PE curriculum, we ensure that sufficient time is provided, so that all children receive a minimum of two hours of high quality PE lessons per week.
In addition, we provide opportunities for pupils to participate in extracurricular activities, committing to a range of active afterschool clubs and sporting competitions within and outside our academy trust. These activities build character and help embed important values such as fairness and respect.
In Early Years, pupils develop their physical development skills through daily use of our purpose-built outdoor area and through weekly PE sessions. Outdoors, pupils are encouraged to climb, balance and move in different ways whilst negotiating space. Pupils use a range of equipment (different sized balls, hoops, quoits and beanbags) to help them learn and consolidate new skills. Fine motor development is an essential part of pupils’ physical development in early years. Pupils engage in daily focussed fine motor sessions and activities to strengthen fine motor skills are incorporated into daily provision.
In Key Stage 1, pupils are taught to develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and have access to a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They have opportunities to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
In Key Stage 2, pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. Through our curriculum, we encourage communication, collaboration and competition. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own successes. In addition, Year 5 pupils attend swimming and water safety lessons to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.