Physical Education

We firmly believe that our children should be empowered to make healthy lifestyle choices and maximise opportunities to encourage children to take part in physical activities. PE is taught twice a week; once by the class teacher and once by a qualified PPA sports teacher. All children in Year 4 have a term’s swimming tuition taught by qualified swimming teachers at our local pool. We also run a range of free before and after-school sports clubs – see our clubs page for full details – and participate in a range of local tournaments and sports workshops, ensuring that as many pupils as possible are chosen to take part. We are fortunate to have access to specialist Sports Coaches to allow our children to experience a range of unique sporting activities, which have included tennis, cricket and lacrosse in recent months. We also have strong links to the local community and host after-school basketball, football and dance clubs (fees apply). Our grounds include an orienteering course, full 200m running track and a daily mile track. Teachers also offer active brain breaks in class.

We are delighted that our commitment has been recognised through the award of the School Games Gold Award. 

PE Curriculum Intent

Physical Education at Gossops Green aims to provide all pupils with the knowledge and skills to make heathy lifestyle choices, knowledge of how being active effects their body and the positive impacts being active has.  We aim to give our pupils the opportunities to learn, develop and extend the fundamental movement skills, opportunities to play sport and take part in other physical activities.    

 Our PE curriculum can be encapsulated in the following aims: 

  • Pupils will be physically active for sustained periods of time 
  • Pupils will engage in competitive activities 
  • Pupils will make good choices to lead healthy and active lives 
  • Pupils will develop an awareness and respect of their body’s physical and mental capacity  

Progressive layering of knowledge, embedded in long-term memory: 

  • Understanding how the body moves 
  • Understanding effects of being active or inactive has on the body 
  • Developing and improving key fundamental movement skills 
  • Linking and applying key fundamental movement skills in a variety of games 
  • Learning to follow rules of games 
  • Learning about making good choices to lead healthy active lifestyles 

 Conceptual Understanding – occurs when new information and ideas are incorporated into pupils’ existing knowledge framework and includes:

  • We are each unique; our bodies are different from one another and move differently 
  • Fundamental movement skills support our bodies growth and opens more opportunities to participate in a variety of physical activities  
  • Making good choices about what we eat, and being active, supports our long-term health  
  • Make comparisons between different physical activities  
  • Develop appreciation of sport role models and the impact they have on our lives today 
  • Ability to challenge stereotypes in sport 
  • Understanding that rules need to be followed in games for fairness, equality, equity, safety and enjoyment 

    PE Curriculum Implementation

    To achieve our intent, our PE curriculum will provide the following:   

    • All PE learning will be linked to prior learning – rewinding previous week’s, previous term and previous year’s learning 
    • Skills and vocabulary are rehearsed and repeated every lesson during ‘learning rewind’ 
    • When relevant, PE will be linked to other areas of the curriculum and used to inspire, engage and ignite curiosity.  Links can be made in English, Maths, Science, PSHE and Geography when purposeful resulting in our curriculum being cross curricular 
    • A pre-assessment will be carried out to see what the pupils already know about the current subject. 
    • Physical Education is taught through key programs of study-dance, gymnastics, OAA, swimming, hit/run/catch, attack/defend/shoot, run/jump/throw and send/return.  PE Hub is used to support planning and teaching of PE lessons.
    • A post assessment will be carried out to check pupil’s understanding of their unit of PE, through playing competitive games or performing a sequence. 
    • PE curriculum is accessible for all, and when necessary, teachers adapt the lesson to ensure all pupils make progress 
    • Year 4 pupils have 10 weeks of swimming lessons at a local pool. 
    • Water safety is taught in EYFS, year 2, year 4 and year 6 explicitly as part of their topic/PSHE lessons. 

     Our PE Curriculum Map includes:  

    • A progressive, sequential journey of knowledge, skills and concepts from EYFS to Year 6, encompassing the depth and breadth of the PE curriculum  
    • Immersion in a variety of physical activities 
    • Opportunities to address potential cultural capital disadvantage  
    • A focus on subject specific vocabulary to equip children with the language to describe their body, how it moves, and effects physical activity has, with precision and confidence 
    • Key outcomes, described as ‘sticky knowledge,’ which form the foundation of prior and subsequent learning 
    • High order, subject-specific questions for pupils to respond to and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of 
    • Enhanced learning through visiting experts 
    • Adapted learning and teaching to support those with additional needs through the pre-teaching of PE vocabulary, the use of observing, copying and repeating and refining skills 
    • Targeted support for children with additional needs including peer collaboration, adapting the lesson through space, task, equipment and people 
    • Adapted learning and teaching to challenge all pupils to understand concepts on a deeper level such as why it is important to make good choices for an active a
    • nd healthy lifestyle 
    • Application of knowledge to make comparisons of a variety of physical activities and apply their understanding/skills to game/performance situations 
    • Learning opportunities that encourage children to develop a genuine interest in and appreciation for being active, watching and participating in a variety of physical activities for life  

    PE Curriculum Impact

      Our PE curriculum will achieve the following: 

      • Pupils enjoy learning fundamental movement skills through a variety of games and activities
      • They discuss knowledge and concepts they have learned confidently, enthusiastically and passionately during and crucially after their learning 
      • Pupils will be able to recall and use PE subject specific vocabulary accurately 
      • Pupils can talk confidently about what they enjoy about physical activity, what went well and ways to make their performance even better
      • Pupils will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of physical activities, inter/intra competitions 
      • Pupils will be able to swim and know how to be safe in and around water 
      • Pupils will have the knowledge to make good choices about leading an active and healthy lifestyle 
      • Pupils will have opportunities to participate in a variety of extracurricular clubs 
      • Pupils will have the confidence to try out new physical activities