PE SUBJECT LEADER PLANNING STATEMENT
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child runs through all we do. The PE curriculum at Rickmansworth Park School recognises and supports these rights.
Article 15 (freedom of association) states:
Every child has the right to meet with other children and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.
Article 29 (goals of education) states:
Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.
Article 31 (leisure, play and culture) states:
Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
At Rickmansworth Park School, teachers provide a high quality and individualised curriculum when teaching PE. This curriculum is closely linked to the National Curriculum and uses its broad objectives to inform planning. The PE planning for the whole school (KS1 and KS2) was previously based on the Rawmarsh Scheme of Work (RCS Professional Development) but was also supplemented by teachers’ own plans and published plans from the internet. A new progression and skills document for PE is currently under revision. This will ensure there is a progression of skills across the curriculum.
Our PE curriculum is also enriched by our attendance at a variety of local sporting festivals and competitions. In addition to this, is the support we receive from our in-house sports coach, Lizzy Duck and the Schools Sports Partnership. For many year groups, their PE curriculum is closely linked to the timetable of festivals and competitions that we attend. Our new PE planning will build on the skills needed for participation in these events and will be bespoke to the needs of our school.
What makes our PE curriculum exceptional?
1. It is underpinned by aims, values & purpose
- Article 29 UN Convention of Rights of the Child: Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.
- Rickmansworth Park guiding principles
2. It develops the whole person – knowledge, skills, understanding & attitudes.
- PE lessons are regularly timetabled.
- Participation in local competitions and festivals.
- Year 6 Sports Leaders.
3. It is broad and balanced.
- Whole school scheme and overview ensures a wide coverage of skills.
- Links to festivals and competition.
- EYFS curriculum is linked to themes and topics.
4. There is clear progression in subject knowledge and skills.
Whole school PE scheme and overview ensures a wide coverage of skills. KS1 lessons are skill building and simplified games. KS2 develop these skills into more complex games and participation in inter-school competitions.
5. It is filled with rich first-hand experiences.
- Children at Rickmansworth Park take park in a variety of festivals and competitions. E.g. Year 3 Push Ball tournament at Croxley Revel.
- All children have the opportunity to take part in Dance experiences, such as
Dance Leaders from Rickmansworth High School.
6. It is flexible and responsive to individual needs and interests.
The varied curriculum allows children to explore new opportunities and widen their interests. Skills are built over time allowing them to consolidate and extend their learning depending on the individual. Children can further develop these interests at lunchtime clubs and by representing the school in a variety of ways.
7. It has an eye on the future and the needs of future citizens.
The varied curriculum aims to develop an interest in sports and fitness and also develop potential. Skills such as swimming and Health and Wellbeing lessons aim to establish a learning for life attitude.
8. It encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom.
Attendance at the festivals and competitions allow children to take part in PE outside of our school environment.
- Lizzy Duck’s lunchtime and afterschool clubs.
- Children’s Yoga with Mrs Hope.
- OAA and other outdoor activities in the Year 6 trip.
- Visits to Rickmansworth High School to use their facilities and work with SSP.
9. It makes meaningful links between areas of knowledge across the curriculum.
The PE curriculum, where possible, aims to link with other topics and wider learning in the school.
EYFS – bikes and scooters
Science - understanding our bodies during fitness and keeping score.
Maths – keeping score, estimating distance.
History – Stone Age
10. It has a local, national and global dimension.
- Participation in local festivals and competitions
- Links with Schools Sports Partnership and Rickmansworth High School.
11. It is supported by high quality Subject Leader CPD.
Teaching is supported by In-house Sports Leader, Lizzy Duck, and visits from SSP coaches.
12. SMSC is embedded within the curriculum.
(see SMSC Subject Statement)
Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural Links – PE
P.E supports spiritual development by increasing their knowledge and understanding of the body’s performance when exercising; this leaves pupils amazed at the body’s ability. Through Dance and sports such as Gymnastics pupils are being creative, expressing feelings and emotions in their performances. Allowing pupils’ reflection time to evaluate their experiences allows them to build a positive mindset and promotes progression. Pupils will also see a sense of awe and wonder when observing elite performance from professional athletes and their peers.
P.E supports moral development by encouraging them to live a healthy lifestyle and promoting healthy living is apparent in each P.E lesson. Pupils develop the ability to tell between right and wrong through fair play in sporting events and participating in competitive situations, giving pupils a sense of justice, and how to respond appropriately when they feel there is an injustice. The frequent opportunity given to pupils to supports the importance of abiding by rules.
P.E supports social development by developing the necessary skills to work in teams or pairs, as the majority of activities are based around team games or creating sequences in groups, co-operation with others is paramount to success. Giving the pupils roles such as leaders, coaches, or umpires, and offers pupils the opportunity to develop their communication skills, leadership skills and the ability to settle any discrepancies which may occur. Pupils are encouraged to reflect upon feelings of enjoyment and determination.
P.E supports cultural development by giving children the opportunity to explore dances and learn games from different traditions and cultures including their own, such as Salsa and the Haka. Pupils also recognise and discuss the differences between male and female roles within sport, at both elite and amateur levels. Compassion and respect for other culture and traditions is also displayed by all when exploring unfamiliar games or dances. Pupils will discuss how culture affects what sports different nations excel at and how cultural traditions can affect which sports men and women participate in.