The P.E. Curriculum at St Thomas
At St Thomas’, we deliver a broad, inclusive, challenging curriculum that aims to build children’s character while inspiring them to lead healthy, active lives. It allows pupils to explore a range of sports autonomously and co-operatively giving them the tools to assess and improve their own performance. Based within values of responsibility and respect, we want stimulate children to engage and excel in competitive sport.
Our carefully-structured curriculum will allow children to master key aspects of physical activity in key stage one: running, jumping, throwing and catching. This will lead to the refinement and application of these skills in key stage two often within a competitive setting.
How is P.E. taught at St Thomas?
As a school, we follow the complete P.E. scheme of work. The topics cover a range of aspects of P.E.. In Key Stage 1, the children will focus on specific, fundamental skills i.e. throwing and catching. This will be built upon in key stage two as children will apply these skills within a multitude of topics. Children, in key stage 2, will also have six-weeks’ worth of swimming lessons in which children will aim to achieve their age-related expectations relevant to their year group.
Structure of lesson
Activate: Each lesson will be begin with a warm-up or an ‘activation’ task. This will allow the children get themselves ready for physical activity with relevant tasks to the topic of the lesson. Most units begin with a ‘show what you know’ warm-up where teachers will be able to assess prior knowledge/ experience of the children.
Acquire: Children will then be taught the skill necessary in the lesson. Following the theme of the activate, the children will explore the skills and assess their progress while the teacher will utilise this time to model and spotlight children’s progression.
Apply: The application within game phase is where we provide pupils with the opportunity to challenge themselves further, putting the learned skills into action while under pressure of time, in competition with classmates or as a performance.
After-school and intra/inter school competitions
Our children will be offered a range of after-school sports clubs ran by school staff as well as third-party specialists i.e. football coaches. These clubs will change on a termly basis to ensure children have vast opportunities to become fluent in a range of sports. The clubs will be scheduled to prepare for upcoming competitions, as an extension to our P.E. curriculum or for fun!
As a school, we are a part of the MADCOS group. This means we are involved in all competitions organised by MADCOS that take place throughout the year. We are particularly proud of our swimming and gymnastics achievements. These competitions allow us to have a chance at competing in level-3 tournaments and beyond.
We also regularly organised in-house, intraschool competitions where children have the chance to compete against their peer outside of their P.E. lessons.
- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- perform dances using simple movement patterns
By the end of Key-Stage 2 our children will:
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
- perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
Swimming and water safety
In particular, pupils should be taught to:
swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations