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Physical Education - Lorna Gosling



How long have you been the subject leader?


I have been PE Subject Lead for almost 4 years, since starting at Rickmansworth Park School.

What are your strengths as PE subject leader?

I enjoy working closely with our Sports Leader, Lizzy and we have built strong connections with the School Sports Partnership and local high school, Rickmansworth High. These relationships are a strength as it enables high quality teaching and many additional sporting opportunities for the children.

Give examples of the impact you have had on the quality of teaching and learning/standards?

As PE Subject Lead, I have attended many gymnastic competitions and in 2008, I was very proud to attend a county final in gymnastics with a group of KS1 children. This experience enabled me to improve my teaching of the subject, better prepare for future competitions and support the teaching of gymnastics for other year groups.

What are the keys strengths in this subject?


Rickmansworth Park enjoys huge success in local competitions and festivals despite being a small, one form entry school. We have a varied and rich curriculum. For many year groups, the PE Curriculum is closely linked to the local timetable of festival and sporting events. Myself and our Sports Leader, Lizzy, are always available to help support teaching. Teachers also ensure PE is taught regularly and never dropped from their timetable during busy times.

What areas for development have you identified in this subject?


We have ensured that all year groups now enjoy sessions with the Play Rangers. This ensures we are meeting the requirements of Outdoor and adventurous activities as highlighted in the National Curriculum. Health and Wellbeing lessons have been introduced as part of our aim to achieve Healthy School status which forms part of our School Development Plan.

How do you know how well pupils are achieving?


We update and review tracking grids termly to monitor learning. Tracking data shows that very few children underachieve and we continue to enjoy successful results at outside competitions. Pupil voice questionnaires, which are undertaken regularly, are largely positive and show that children thoroughly enjoy PE. EYFS also carry out assessments under Physical Development, to assess fine and gross motor skills. This is documented in their individual learning journeys.

How does the school meet the needs of all groups within this subject?


Differentiated teaching and expectations ensure that all children receive the required support. Pupil Voice questionnaires also help inform teacher’s planning and any needs that are highlighted can be addressed. Lizzie and SSP can also provide additional support and opportunities to develop talents and skills. We ensure that we take part in competitions where whole classes can be entered, therefore allowing all children the opportunity to take part and succeed.

What knowledge do Governors have about your subject? How have they been involved in your subject?

Yearly updates are given to governors at Governor Body meetings. Governors are welcome to attend wider curriculum open mornings, assemblies and sports day.