Physical Education

Norwood PE Rationale
Physical education develops pupils’ physical competence and confidence, and their ability to use these to perform in a range of activities. It promotes physical skillfulness, physical development and knowledge of the body in action. Physical education provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and to face up to different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes to active and healthy lifestyles. Pupils learn how to think in different ways to suit a variety of creative, competitive and challenging activities. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through this process pupils discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences, and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity.
(Physical Education – The National Curriculum For England  - 1999)

Teaching Physical Education
Teaching Time

PE has been timetabled according to the requirements of the QCA documents and it is our aim that all children will spend a minimum of two hours each week participating in PE during curriculum time. 
Additionally, extra-curricular PE will be offered termly, to each year group throughout the year.

Swimming takes place for Year 3, 4 and 5 children. They will attend the local swimming baths for one 30 minute lesson each week for one term each. 

Class Organisation
Throughout the school all pupils will have regular PE lessons. The majority of lessons will follow the same basic format and will include the elements outlined below. 

  • Warm-up
  • Exploratory / Skills Development Activity
  • Cool down

The importance of warm-up and cool-down will be explained to the children. Exploratory/Skills Development Activities will be differentiated by task or outcome, as appropriate to the child and lesson. Children will have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in groups. 

Topics covered in PE are divided as follows:

Key Stage 1
Gymnastics, Dance, Games, Athletics & Outdoor Adventurous Activities

Key Stage 2
Gymnastics, Dance, Games. Swimming, Athletics, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (Y4 trip to Robinwood/ Y6 trip to Conwy – will include OAA)
To ensure children make progress in PE as they move through KS1 and 2, the skills have been placed under four main headings in each QCA module MT Plan:

  • Acquiring and developing skills;
  • Selecting and applying skills, tactics and compositional ideas;
  • Evaluating and improving performance;
  • Knowledge and understanding of fitness and health

On occasions, coaches or other trained PE teachers will teach classes of children, in order to cover certain areas of the PE curriculum, as appropriate.

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