At OLOL we believe that PE should give every child, whatever their ability, an equal opportunity to develop their physical competence to enable them to move efficiently, effectively and safely, understand what they are doing and in particular to enjoy physical activity. Our children will have opportunities to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. These activities involve thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Thus we enable our pupils to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives. PE provides the potential for personal development by making particular demands, which are not easily replicated in other subjects.
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles. Our principle aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding and we do this through a mixture of whole class teaching and individual / group activities. They also ensure that there is an appropriate balance between the knowledge and skills being taught in their subject. Children should experience co-operative / competitive, contact / non-contact activities and mixed groupings. Children will have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources. Teaching assistants are used in some classes, supporting the work of individuals or groups. Teachers should always ensure equality of opportunity, differentiation through task and outcome.
We aim to provide a broad and balanced education, teaching PE curriculum. Teachers provide learning opportunities that are matched to the needs of children, taking into account children with ability, disabilities and with learning difficulties. Children’s self-confidence in their abilities within PE is crucial, and teachers must adapt to these differing needs.
In order to practice our aims in PE and to ensure all areas of the curriculum are met planning incorporates the four strands of learning, with opportunities to acquire and develop skills, selecting and applying skills, tactics and compositional ideas, knowledge and understanding of fitness and health and evaluating and improving performance. Support plans are written for SEN pupils.
All children at Our Lady of Lourdes receive a broad and balanced PE curriculum regardless of year group or ability. Every child accesses all of the key areas of the subject on offer at our school. Teachers plan PE with clear progression of skills and knowledge that we have devised as part of our curriculum offer to ensure that all children access it at an age appropriate level.
Festivals and competitions ensure all our children have the opportunity to take part in a range of sports both in and outside of school whether that be at a competitive or non-competitive level.
This is reflected by holding the School Games Platinum Mark.