Physical Education (PE)
Physical Education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical & emotional development and good health. At Marlborough, we intend to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical education and in developing life skills. We want to 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. We use the IPEP software to plan lessons, raise standards of PE lessons and follow the progression map to highlight the skills gain and the journey the pupils will follow during their education at Marlborough. We use IPEP to track and assess each child against the curriculum.
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. As the children are exposed to the curriculum Pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week, covering using two sporting disciplines to meet various objectives in the national curriculum every half term. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities. Lunchtime sport activities are available each day and children can attend after school sport clubs that run throughout the week. After school, both the PE staff at Marlborough and external agencies run sporting clubs.
Marlborough has joined the PE Harrow Alliance, which gives the children opportunities to compete with children from other schools in various sports borough-wide. This is an inclusive approach, which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are enjoyed by the children.
We have begun linking up with a local school to establish partnerships and organise local fixtures for competing year groups in various sports. We intend to develop connections with the remaining local schools in the area to develop a local hub for sport that will inspire the children to involve themselves in sport at a competitive level.
This year another group of Year 6 children have been invited to become Sports Leaders for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunchtime activities, our annual Sports day and any other sporting activities.
Outdoor gym sessions have begun through lunchtime sessions, where groups of children will be instructed by one of the PE staff to work on their cardiovascular health and general fitness.
Marlborough Primary School has recently invested in an Activall Duo activity wall, which will be 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.
Years 4 & 5 will be piloting the implementation of Moki Bands to promote movement throughout the day in the Autumn Term. Depending on the impact of the Moki bands in this timeframe, this incentive will broaden out to the rest of the school.
The PE Staff will continue to provide OT sessions for SEND, EYFS and children struggling with gross motor skills.
Children in breakfast clubs & after school clubs will benefit from physical activities ranging from gymnastics, to football.
The PE Staff will re-establish the Change4Life club to help promote healthy living for families who struggle.
The school will host Parent workshops to promote healthy eating and educate parents on the importance of exercise, balanced diets and dental health.
The Children in Year 4 swim once a week during the Autumn and Spring Terms.
We are introducing a Monopoly game for each class to take part in, in spring term to encourage children to be active for at least 30 minutes per day.
We are also introducing as whole school ‘Street Tag’ this is to bring together the community of the school and encouraging families to take part in being active on weekends.
The implementation of the aforementioned is believed to motivate the children to participate in the increasing variety of sports that they have access to, through quality teaching and learning. Through the teaching and learning, the children will 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.