What we believe for our curriculum
Within our broad and balanced curriculum, Holbrook strive to ensure that every pupil develops a passion for being active through our varying and plentiful opportunities for Physical Education. We provide the environment for children to flourish in sporting opportunities, and build up their confidence and enjoyment of being active and taking part in sport. Holbrook wish for every pupil to become proficient in their sporting skills, wholeheartedly driven in both competitive and non-competitive sporting opportunities and lead a healthy, active lifestyle.
Through fostering the enjoyment that taking part in physical activity and sport can bring, we focus on building up children’s confidence to explore sport and physical activity both independently, and with others in a social context. This enjoyment and passion will enable our children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control, and through practice, understand how to improve the quality and control of their performances. Holbrook’s PE curriculum encompasses both teaching and applying ‘fundamental’ skills in sporting activities, and providing the opportunities to use these skills in competitive and non-competitive sporting events. These events also provide great opportunities for pupils to deal with competitive successes and losses, and allows time for them to evaluate their own performances and reflect on their practice. Reflection and resilience are interwoven throughout our PE curriculum.
At Holbrook, we highly value our thematic curriculum, particularly in PE. This provides endless opportunities to develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination, role play and communication. Our thematic curriculum also ensures that children’s learning is well sequenced to enable revisiting of core knowledge, skills and understanding, to deepen conceptual awareness before demanding application across the whole curriculum.
How we put our aims into daily practice
In all classes, children have the opportunity to participate in 2 hours of physical activity per week, with our ‘Daily Mile’, break and lunch time play equipment/ Play Leader activities, Forest School time, residential/non-residential educational visits, masterclasses, Gardening Club and extracurricular opportunities being used to supplement these active opportunities further. As required in the National Curriculum, we teach dance, games and gymnastics at Key Stage 1. In Key Stage 2 we teach compulsory dance, games and gymnastics, plus two other activities: swimming and water safety, and athletics. Our Outdoor and Adventurous curriculum is fulfilled through curriculum time, Forest School sessions and during residential weeks for children in upper Key Stage 2. Swimming and water safety lessons are delivered through Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
PE sessions develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding and encourage them to perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These activities include dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor adventurous activities.
PE promotes an important understanding of children’s own bodies in action. It involves carefully selecting and applying the skills needed to complete a task, and promotes an awareness and positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle. With this in mind, we encourage children to make independent and informed choices about their levels physical activity and lifestyle within their school and personal lives.
Within PE sessions at Holbrook, we as teachers aim to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding through a mixture of whole class teaching and individual, pair or group activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models, and encourage the children to evaluate their own work as well as the work of other children. Within lessons we give the children the opportunity both to collaborate and to compete, and they can use a wide range of resources. In all year groups children have a wide range of physical ability, which is challenged individually within curriculum sessions. We work hard to ensure children have access to suitable learning opportunities for all children, by personalising our curriculum intentions to meet the needs of each child. This is often done by (but not limited to):
Setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of results (e.g. timed events or small competitions)
Setting tasks of increasing levels of challenge, where not all children complete all tasks as they are tailored to each child’s ability and progress (e.g. building up their skills towards the high jump)
Grouping children by ability where necessary to develop their specific challenge needs and skills (e.g. individual challenges within an activity for specific children)
Providing a range of challenge through the provision of different resources (e.g. different gymnastics equipment)
Curriculum planning in PE is carried out in three phases (long-term, medium-term and short-term). The long-term plan maps out the PE activities covered in each term during the key stage. This is planned by phase leaders to ensure that PE sessions are linked to their thematic curriculum where possible. In upper KS2, the PE subject leader adds to this plan following analysis of the ‘competition calendar’ for the following year. We use the adapted Suffolk scheme of PE planning tailored to our thematic curriculum, and use core task assessment opportunities as the basis for our medium-term plans (ensuring statutory National Curriculum coverage). This gives details of each unit of work for each term. These plans define what we teach and ensure an appropriate balance and distribution of work across each term. Class teachers complete a short term plan for each PE unit of work. This lists the specific curriculum intentions and expected outcomes and gives details of how the lesson is to be taught. We plan all PE activities so that they build upon the prior learning of the children.
EYFS Physical Development is a prime area of learning in the Foundation Stage. Development in this area involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their coordination, control, and movement. Children are also helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to exercise and food. We aim to deliver this through planned, purposeful activities, with a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities (see EYFS policy for more detailed information).
We are successful because
There are so many ways we can demonstrate the excellent impact our curriculum design has on our pupils. Here are some examples:
The school offers a broad range of extra-curricular provision to support our curriculum, such as boys & girls football, lacrosse, archery, fencing, running, street dance, netball, basketball, rugby, athletics, tennis to name a few!
‘Taster sessions’ prior to the commencement of the club promote interest.
Intra-school competitions introduce the children to ‘competing’ against those they know, and inter-school competitions see pupils compete against other schools, at local, regional and national levels.
As a result of these growing opportunities and strong sporting provision, we are able to boast an amazing Gold School Games Mark Award, for the first time in 2019. This is an incredible achievement and is one way we have demonstrated our commitment to sport and being active.
With obesity growing as a serious health concern for children living in the UK, it is an inherent part of our school ethos to ensure Holbrook pupils are equipped with the strongest knowledge and tools to make healthy lifestyle choices. Alongside the other key areas of our curriculum (Forest School, Food for Life and Pupil Voice), children are encouraged and supported in making and promoting healthy lifestyle choices. For example, our Sports Committee planning a ‘Daily Mile’ which is now fully in action, a gardening club, Food for Life ambassadors, and Play Leaders. The Play Leaders have designed an activity/equipment rota to promote active play and sports at lunchtimes, which has been a great success and brought a great ‘buzz’ to the playground!
PE Highlights at Holbrook 2019/20
Some of our Year 3/4 female footballers took part in an amazing football festival at Portman Road. The girls met some of Ipswich Town's female footballers, toured the stadium, met the mascots Bluey and Crazy, and played against some other local teams.
Our Year 2 class had the wonderful experience of being the 'Class of Blues' at Ipswich Town Football Club! They were lucky enough to meet one of the players, tour the Portman Road Stadium, experience a football themed Maths and English lesson, and even attend the weekend football match!
Our Year 5 pupils took part in a charity football match to raise money for Children In Need. All pupils took part and played brilliantly, showing great sportsmanship. Some of our classes even came out to support them with some noise-makers and hot chocolate!
Our Sports Committee ran a whole week of after-school clubs, in order to raise money for Children In Need! Some of our amazing teaching staff supported the Sports Committee and ran a range of clubs from yoga, to night-time forest schools, gymnastics, basketball and orienteering!
Our wonderful dance coach Clare Lamb held a fabulous contemporary dance masterclass for Holbrook and Birchwood pupils. The children learned a choreographed routine to Christina Perri - A Thousand Years. Beautiful dancing from all!
Holbrook Primary School achieved their first GOLD School Games Mark! This is a wonderful achievement which we have built up to over the last few years, and the children's love for sport and high levels of participation have really shone this year. Well done everyone!