At Kirkstall Valley we fully appreciate the importance of a high-quality PE curriculum. Children take part in physical education lessons twice weekly from year one, and in a mixture of provision and discrete teaching in EYFS. Please check PE days, which change each half term, with your child's teacher or the class newsletter.
Children in Year 3 and Year 4 go swimming weekly for half of the year as one of their PE lessons. Your child's class teacher will keep you up-to-date with when their class is swimming and what swimming kit they need.
From Year One, we provide a range of extra-curricular sports and physical activity sessions led by experienced coaches. Key Stage One extra-curricular provision focuses on multi-skills: the range of skills and techniques that are required in many sports and will prepare the children well for competitive sports later in school. Key Stage Two extra-curricular provision focuses on a variety individual sports depending on the season and children’s interests. We strive to offer a diverse range of experiences that will appeal to all children over the course of the year. Please keep an eye out for newsletters and letters about clubs as places are strictly limited.The PE Curriculum
Through school, we follow the REAL PE scheme of work and supplement these sessions with units of work built around specific sports, with sessions led by coaches from Leeds Rhinos or with multi-skills activities
Teachers baseline children at the beginning of each unit in the skills associated with that unit of work. We use formative assessment in and between lessons to reshape our teaching and identify children in need of further support. We assess children in the skills for each REAL PE unit at the end of the unit of work. At the beginning of each year, we assess where children are on each of their REAL PE cogs and we assess each of the cogs again at the end of the year. Discrete sports units are assessed at the beginning of the unit in the same way.
Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to make significant alterations to our PE curriculum. This may involve reteaching units of work 'live' when in school or condensing units of work to fit with the demands on space and resources in school. We are striving to ensure all children receive at least one full PE lesson per week that fits into the progression framework suggested by Real PE.
We use Real PE to provide a unique, child-centred approach that transforms how we teach PE to engage and challenge EVERY child in primary school. It is fully aligned to the National Curriculum and focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning. As a real legacy school, our teacher benefit from quality coaching and CPD from create development.
Create Development share our ambition and have a vision to create positive relationships with physical activity for life. Their vision is to redefine what’s possible for PE, Sport and physical activity through a new, positive and inclusive culture. Real PE is a PE curriculum philosophy and approach which helps ALL children develop the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, sport and life. It places the learner at the heart of practice with the ultimate goal of transforming how we teach PE, applying all of the high-quality learning and teaching skills that have become the norm in other subjects.
Our PE curriculum is designed to provide every child with the opportunity to reach their physical, social and emotional potential. It allows them to discover the capabilities of their bodies, develop an in depth understanding of how their body can change, and build a repertoire of skills to aid them throughout their lives. Real PE focuses on 6 key areas that are essential in the development of children as they grow and learn:
- For all children to be able to effectively transfer skills and movements across a range of activities.
- For all children to perform a variety of skills consistently and effectively in challenging or competitive situations.
- For all children to be able to explain how individuals need different types and levels of fitness to be more effective in their activity/ role/ event.
- For all children to be able to plan and follow their own basic fitness programme.
- For all children to be able to explain the basic fitness components and to know how long to exercise to keep healthy
- For all children to be able to use variety and creativity to engage an audience.
- For all children to be able to respond imaginatively to different situations, adapting and adjusting skills, movements or tactics
- For all children to be able to review, analyse and evaluate their own and others' strengths and weaknesses.
- For all children to be able to read and react to different game situations as they develop.
- For all children to be able to involve others and motivate people around them to perform.
- For all children to be able to give and receive sensitive feedback to improve their own and others' performance.
- For all children to be able to create their own learning journey and revise it when needed.
- For all children to be able to see all new challenges as opportunities to learn and develop.
School Sport Funding is money that is provided by the government to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of Physical Education, sport and physical activity within schools. Schools receive PE and Sport Premium Funding based on the number of pupils in years 1 to 6. Schools are free to spend the Sports Premium as they see fit. This extra additional funding must be spent on Physical Education, school sport and physical activity. Each of these are defined as follows:
Physical Education – the delivery of the curriculum within lesson time to all children by teachers.
School Sport – the extra-curricular activities and competitions that our children have the opportunity to participate in.
Physical Activity – how we as a school promote exercise for enjoyment in addition to being an integral part of a healthy, active lifestyle
This means that you should use the premium to:
- develop or add to the PE, physical activity and sport activities that your school already offers
- build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
Schools can use the premium to secure improvements in the following indicators:
- the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
- the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
- increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
- broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- increased participation in competitive sport
We will utilise this extra funding to improve all aspects of Physical Education, sport and physical education. This includes maximising pupil progress, increasing participation in sport and physical activity, professional development for staff (directly linked to REAL PE) and to provide all children, starting in Early Years, with the skills and knowledge required to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.