How we teach PE
At Brookhouse Primary School, our vision is for all children to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of life long physical activity. We aim to deliver high quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical education. Our objective is for pupils to master the necessary fundamental movement skills and apply these across a broad range of physical activities employing imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography. In addition, we want our children to remain safe in and around water and therefore it is our goal for all children to be able to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6. We aim for our children to develop into competent and confident learners, who are able to improve their own and others’ performance, able to cooperate and collaborate with others and able to understand fairness of play. We encourage our pupils to value physical activity and take personal responsibility for their own physical literacy journey.
Physical Education (PE) at Brookhouse Primary School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of activities including: competitive games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities. The long-term plan sets out the PE units of work to be taught and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. Specialised sports coaches deliver some of our physical education lessons and teachers often receive CPD whilst sessions are being delivered to ensure our pupils are receiving the highest quality physical education. External sports coaches that work with us in school, are from Blackburn Rovers Football Club and Lancashire Cricket Foundation.
Pupils participate in at least one high quality PE lesson each week and also have the opportunity to take part in extra curricular sporting activities each term. In addition to this, children in Year 3 and 4 have weekly one-hour swimming lessons with Half Fish. Over the year, pupils are regularly invited to attend competitive and non-competitive sporting events and festivals within the local area. These are inclusive events, which encourage all children to participate including those with physical, emotional or learning difficulties. During these events pupils learn to cooperate and collaborate with other schools and develop an understanding of fairness of play. Each year, pupils from Year 6 have the opportunity to attend a residential to Robin Wood where they experience high quality activity sessions and problem solving tasks that challenge, develop teamwork and stimulate the imagination. As well as this, year 4 and 5 also experience a day at Hothersall Lodge to take part in outdoor and adventurous activities.
We have a group of Year 6 children who are invited to become Young Leaders for the school. They are sporting role models for the younger children and assist with playtime and lunchtime activities to develop the fundamental movement skills of running, throwing (under and over arm), kicking, catching, skipping, hopping, jumping, bouncing and rolling a ball. They also assist in our annual Sports Day event and other sporting activities.
Our PE curriculum is high quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful they need to take ownership and responsibility for their own health and fitness. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
1. Pupil discussions about their learning
2. Video analysis through recordings of performance in lessons
3. The annual tracking of standards across the curriculum
4. An evaluation of the 5 key indicators:
External measures are also used to measure the impact of our PE curriculum. Each year we apply for the School Games Award. This recognises high quality provision in school with either a bronze, silver or gold award.