At George Mitchell School (GMS), we champion the importance of high quality physical education and the role it plays in the promotion of long-term, healthy and active lifestyles. Our Primary PE curriculum intends to ensure that every child can develop a love of sport and is able to succeed in leading a healthy, physically active lifestyle.
To accomplish this, we ensure that our engaging PE lessons are accessible, challenging, and enjoyable to all pupils. Most importantly, our provision champions our school’s values (Perseverance, Respect, Independence, Diversity and Excellence) and incorporates them into all learning and competitive sporting opportunities pupils may undertake.
The Daily Mile
All children take part in a 15 minute “Daily Mile” lesson before their morning play. This includes running a mile every other day, and alternately taking part in high-energy cardio sessions outdoors. It’s challenging at first but fitness levels rise rapidly in both children and adults!
Specialist Games Coaching
Rayhan, our Games Coach, takes PE lessons in Key Stage 2 and also runs two after school football clubs. We’re lucky to have him – he also coaches at West Ham!
We take part in National School Sport Week across the school, have multiple intra-house competitions and the highlight of our school year is our School Sports Day. We are also members of the Waltham Forest School Sports Network (WFSSN) and send teams for inter-school competitions for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Our aim is for every child to take part in at least one inter-school competition each year.
We have introduced a My Personal Best challenge competition to meet the School Games Mark requirement for 0-level competition. As part of this the children participate in the following challenges:
- Speed Bounce
- Standing Long Jump
- Alternate Hand Throw
- Zig Zag Agility
- Stork Balance
- Distance Run (1 mile for KS2 or 600m for KS1)
Love PE? Here’s how you can take it further…
Sports and active hobbies are a great way to get moving, and kids should aim for a minimum of 60 minutes’ activity every day. These websites have some suggestions to help you reach that target.
Sports and activities – change4life
Active Kids Do Better – Active Home
Kids Active Learning and PE at Home
Curriculum, Planning and Assessment
INTENT: Our PE curriculum intent is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and one that will maximise the development of every child’s ability and achievement in the area of PE. enabling them to know more about physical activity and keeping healthy, remember more about the physical activity they participate in and learn about and understand how to use and apply this knowledge to impact upon their physical activity, participation and foster a healthy lifestyle.
How is our curriculum delivered?
The programmes of study require teachers to ensure that four “aims” are covered within the learning planned for the pupils.
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.
- are physically active for sustained periods.
- engage in competitive sports and activities.
- lead healthy, active lives.
In addition to this, at GMS we use Physical Education to promote learning across many areas of the National Curriculum, including:
- Developing speaking and listening skills when working collaboratively, delivering a warmup or cool down and evaluating other performances.
- Application of number, measurement and time when recording data/points/scores.
- Developing geographical knowledge when completing Outdoor Adventurous Activity.
- Understanding the importance of music, rhythm, time and beats when completing a dance unit.
- Application of science when learning about healthy eating, the heart and pulse rate.
- An understanding and appreciation of British values.
Physical Education is assessed during the delivery of lessons against the PE skills progression statements. Photographic and video evidence may be used to record how children progress in PE. At the end of each term, teachers judge children against age-related expectations to be at, exceeding or working towards these expectations. This data is recorded and then analysed by the PE subject leader.
If you would like to deepen your understanding of an area of the PE curriculum, these links will help you.
National Curriculum Programme of Study
Curriculum Overview for George Mitchell Primary Phase