Physical Education (PE)
At Marlborough, we believe that Physical Education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical & emotional development and good health. We intend to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical education as well as developing life skills. We teach children skills to keep themselves safe such as being able to swim, how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Marlborough Primary School, not only through the sporting skills taught, but also through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. With the lack of sports played by children, due to the current pandemic, we aim to use the curriculum to inspire all children to get involved and fall in love with sport.
PE at Marlborough Primary School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities. These include invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor & adventure.
Teaching and Learning, Content and Sequence
At Marlborough, our PE curriculum is varied and long term plans ensure that we meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. All pupils receive two high quality PE lessons with qualified sports coaches. During these lessons, children receive expert coaching to develop fundamental skills through a variety of activities and games suitable to their key stage. Children take part in a range of invasion, striking & fielding or net & wall games, we promote imagination and creativity in gymnastics and dance as well as provide opportunities for athletics using both indoor and outdoor environments. Children in Year 4 also attend weekly swimming lessons at Harrow Leisure Centre
Our PE Curriculum has been carefully sequenced to ensure progression of knowledge and skills throughout a child’s primary education. In doing so, children build upon their prior learning experiences and apply these with confidence.
Playtimes/Lunchtimes and Resources
We recognise that playtimes and lunchtimes are an important and valued part of the school day which enables children to be happy, healthy and ready to learn. Playtimes and lunchtimes are well-staffed and equipped playground including outdoor gym equipment, Activall Duo Activity Wall, Adventure Playgrounds, Skipping Ropes and Hula Hoops, Sports pitch and an Outdoor Area specifically for the EYFS. During Lunchtimes, a variety of adult led activities are timetabled to support engagement and physical activity. The use of outdoor gym equipment is utilised whereby during lunchtime sessions, children are instructed by a Sports Coach to engage safely with the equipment to develop their cardiovascular health and fitness. Marlborough Primary School has recently invested in an Activall Duo activity wall, which is used through playtimes, lunchtimes and PE sessions. The Activall Duo is available to use for both the pupils and staff in attempts to promote activity in all who are involved in school.
Resources and Equipment
Sporting equipment is audited regularly to ensure that children have access to high quality sports equipment which enhances teaching and learning experiences. High quality equipment allows children to engage in sporting activities with real life equipment required to use to access the wide variety of sports children in engage in .
Years 5 & 6 are currently piloting the implementation of Moki Bands to promote movement throughout the day. Depending on the impact of the Moki bands in this timeframe, this incentive will be cascaded throughout the rest of the school. The Moki bands have been shown to help impact active learning in a positive way, we plan to use the Moki bands to identify groups of children who suffer the most from the ‘inactive epidemic’, implement methods to improve the level of activity happening through the school day, and measure the impact over various timeframes.
Extra Curricular Provision
Physical Education is imperative in developing healthy lifestyles in young people and children are actively encouraged to participate in an array of sporting opportunities beyond the National Curriculum. At Marlborough, we offer a wide range of well attended After School Clubs including; Athletics, Football, Tennis, Cricket, Basketball, Dance and Multi-Skills run by our own sports coaches as well as an external provider.
To further promote engagement with sport beyond the curriculum, Marlborough has joined the PE Harrow Alliance. This initiative provides the children with opportunities to compete against other local primary schools in a wide variety of sports. Events such as these endeavour to encourage not only physical development of children, but also their mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are enjoyed by the children.
We have created a link with a local primary school school to establish partnerships and organise local fixtures for competing year groups in various sports. Within this link, we have an established a local sporting hub which inspires children to involve themselves in a wide range of sports at a competitive level.
To develop Leadership skills in children, Year 6 children have the opportunity to apply for the role as a Sports Leader. During their time in this role, Sports Leaders develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunchtime activities, our annual Sports day and any other sporting activities.
SEND Pupils and Personalised Learning
At Marlborough, we pride ourselves on an inclusive approach to education. Children with additional needs are included in all PE lessons and sports coaches provided differentiated activities or resources to enable them to access whole class activities. Occupational Therapy sessions are provided by our Sports Coaches to children on the SEND register to support in developing their gross motor skills as work on any personal physical targets.
We recognise the value of high quality CPD and the impact this has on enhancing Teaching and Learning. All staff are encouraged to seek opportunities to request further training to develop their practice. This year, all Sports Coaches have been provided with bespoke CPD tailored to their individual development needs.
Role of PE Lead
Quality Leadership in PE is vital in ensuring that the provision of PE across the school is of a high quality. The PE Lead has a clear strategic role and overall responsibility of all aspects of PE at Marlborough.
The PE Leader is expected to:
- Support teachers and sports coaches in developing the knowledge and skills to deliver high quality PE lessons
- Support colleagues in developing their practice through monitoring and evaluation and coaching
- Develop Actions Plans that bring about sustainable change within the PE department
- Lead regular PE Team meetings to review actions, monitor provision and support colleagues
The implementation of the aforementioned motivates the children to participate in the increasing variety of sports that they have access to, through quality teaching and learning experiences. Through this, the children learn how to take responsibility for their own health and general fitness. Many children will continue to thrive in the sports that they share an affinity with, and many others will fall in love with the sport that they enjoy and connect with personally. We believe that all the children in Marlborough will grow up to live happy and healthy lives, utilising the life skills that they acquired in through PE.