Our P.E. Vision - Intent

P.E. at St Thomas’ Leesfield aims to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge (ASK) necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing in our children now and for their future. Physical fitness is a vital part of leading a healthier lifestyle. It teaches self-discipline and that to be successful you must work hard, show resilience and have the determination to believe that anything can be achieved.

At Leesfield, we want all our children to realise their full potential and develop a lifelong interest in participating in physical activity and sport regardless of their ability. It is our intent to teach children life skills that will positively impact on their future. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical activities. We want 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. We want our children to understand that regular participation in sport and physical activity will promote good health, instil self-discipline, develop skills, improve self-confidence, promote resilience, self-awareness, passion, empathy, excellence, commitment teamwork and reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing.

Implementation of Our Vision

Our P.E. curriculum is inclusive and ensures that all pupils of all abilities access the range of activities we offer. The children will be physically active for sustained periods of time in order to encourage them to lead healthy, active lives.

Each class undertakes two P.E. sessions per week from Reception to Y6.  The sessions are based on the National Curriculum but are carefully and strategically planned for progression through a wide variety of activities including: mastering basic movements to apply to a range of activities (including running, jumping etc.), dance, gymnastics, competitive games (modified where appropriate), strength and endurance (eg circuit training to compare performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal better). As well as team games which develop simple tactics for attacking and defending (examples include hockey, cricket, football and netball).

Our P.E. programme incorporates a variety of sports to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses.

Our children will develop their fundamental movement skills (agility, balance, and co-ordination) and take part in competitive sports and activities within school and against other schools (inter and intra competitions).

Our P.E. curriculum ensures that all children will develop physical health and fitness. It will also help the children learn to contribute to much wider areas of learning in terms of developing the whole child, and develop their physical, social, creative, personal and cognitive skills.

Children who show exceeding skills in different types of sport are sign-posted to after school clubs and teams to continue to develop their learning within the larger community. This is celebrated in weekly Achievement assemblies.

Our school takes the curriculum beyond the actual P.E. lessons, offering a range of extra-curricular activities at lunchtime, before and after school. We also provide outdoor learning in the EYFS and KS1 and Commando Joe’s RESPECT programme in KS2.

Through the Dovestone Learning Partnership (DLP), we give the children opportunities to participate in inter-school competitions and the offer to participate in a range of sports whilst accessing the Saddleworth 3D pitch on a weekly basis as its geographical location is ideally suited for all our partner schools.  We currently offer weekly after school sessions 4-5pm (Autumn Term = football; Spring Term = Kwik Cricket; Summer Term = Rounders).

Through our collaboration with our DLP schools, there are also opportunities for the pupils to take on leadership roles for UKS2 children where they can build character traits and embed our values of co-operation, trust, teamwork and respect in a fun and motivational environment.

Impact

Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at St Thomas’ Leesfield, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Through a variety of taster sessions i.e. Karate, archery, Robinwood and extra-curricular activities we prepare the children for Secondary education.  Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives now and in the future.

External Provision

We have bought into Commando Joe and 2 members of staff to deliver the programme.

Year 4 swimming in the Spring and Summer term

We compete in the Saddleworth Swimming League.

We are also involved in Dovestone Learning Partnership sport competitions. Football, netball, cricket, rounders and small competitions between the DLP schools like gymnastics, archery and athletics.