Physical Education at southfield
Every champion was once a contender who refused to give up.
Each week at Southfield, the children experience one indoor and one outdoor P.E session.
The children learn about all aspects of P.E include dance, gymnastics and team games. They often attend multisports workshops at Highworth Warneford School as part of our local cluster of schools. Throughout the year, each class also visits Highworth Recreation Centre to enjoy swimming, click here to read more about swimming.
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Michael Jordan
At Southfield Junior School, we believe that physical education is a key area of the curriculum that helps children develop a range of positive personal skills and attitudes to life. Through our PE lessons, we help to develop children’s understanding of healthy living and the importance of keeping active. Alongside this, we equip children with the tools and understanding required to make a positive impact on their own physical health and mental well-being. We aim to teach children to cope with both success and failure in competitive, individual and team based physical activities and within dance, we encourage children to explore their personal and spiritual identity.
To this end, we continually strive to deliver a high-quality PE curriculum that inspires and motivates children to develop a life-long love of sport and to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. Our children will have opportunities to compete in and perform a wide variety of fun and engaging sports that enhance sporting abilities, build character, enable children to become physically confident and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. We are passionate about the need to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others in order to be successful when participating in team games as well as developing confidence in their own ability when completing physical activity independently.
The national curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- Are physically active for sustained periods of time
- Engage in competitive sports and activities
- Lead healthy, active lives
At Southfield Junior School, children participate in a minimum of two 45 minute PE lessons each week, covering a total of four different sports over a term. Our pupils are provided with opportunities to develop their skills across a wide range of sports and disciplines including (but not limited to) athletics, tennis, basketball, netball, hockey, football, dance, gymnastics and orienteering. Children in years 3, 4 and 5 also participate in swimming lessons at our local recreation centre for a period of 10 weeks per year.
Our programme of study for physical education is carefully organised so that there is a clear progression of skills throughout the year and across year groups. Children have the opportunity to revisit skills; each time improving and building on their on their sporting skill-set. Our long-term plan for PE sets out units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. We utilise our Progression of Skills document, Sport Progression Handbook and planning obtained through CPD opportunities provided by external coaches and staff training meetings to ensure that our planning is consistent and progressive throughout the school.
To support the curriculum, the school offers a range of extra-curricular clubs such as gymnastics, hockey and football and are given opportunities to compete in local sports festivals. We have a school hall, large field and a hard-outdoor sport surface on which we deliver our curriculum. We welcome in athletes and motivational sports persons to inspire the children and create challenges for the children to aspire to.
In Year 5 and 6, children are given the opportunity to be Play and Sports Leaders. These children co-ordinate a range of activities for the rest of the school to participate in at lunchtime and they encourage all children to get active and raise their heart rate.
The main method used to assess PE is teacher assessment. Each year group has an allocated spreadsheet on which the relevant skill objectives are listed according to type, for example invasion games. Teachers will make their assessment judgements based on the skill being performed, not the sport, therefore there are multiple opportunities for the children to practise and refine each skill in order to achieve.
The assessment measure can be used to inform class teachers of gaps they need to address as well as providing subject leaders with an overview of P.E. across the whole school. Monitoring, enabled by the assessment spreadsheet, can then be passed on to relevant leaders as well as inform the P.E. Premium funding evaluation.
Teachers can use the data generated flexibly. It can: assist with planning; support group activities; be used in feedback to leaders and help keep the parents informed of their child’s progress. Teachers also using AfL during lessons and are continuously monitoring the immediate progress of the children. Furthermore, assessment data along with informal data (e.g. through teacher judgement) is shared with the parents twice a year through face to face parent consultations and once a year through formal reports.