At Springfield, we teach our children to be physically confident to set the foundations for future health and fitness. We firmly believe that physical education plays a vital role in developing children’s learning and success, both academically, physically, socially and emotionally. Therefore, we have a carefully sequenced curriculum that inspires all our children to succeed in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It also aims to embed values such as fairness and respect. Every child, from Reception to Year 6, receives a PE lesson each week.
How we plan for and teach PE
We have a dedicated PE coach and a PE Coordinator. Our PE curriculum sets out the half-termly focus to ensure that children access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, both individually and with others. Within each unit of learning, all children are taught a different sport or physical activity. These vary from team invasion games, individual sports and creative movement. Within PE lessons, children not only learn physical skills, but life skills such as team work, collaboration and communication. They also learn how to be resilient, determined and to evaluate and recognise their own success.
All children learn to swim during Key Stage 2. Qualified instructors teach our children at Clissold Leisure Centre’s swimming pool. The lessons are differentiated to suit all levels of competence. Beginners are taught basic skills and by the end of the year should be able to swim a width of the pool successfully. Children who already have some swimming ability are given the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills by practising different strokes and skills such as treading water and picking up objects from the bottom of the pool.
Other PE experiences
Throughout the school year, children from Springfield take part in competitions and sports matches with other schools in our Federation or across Hackney. These experiences reinforce learning about team-work, good sportsmanship and fair play. We also offer a wide range of after-school sports and physical activity clubs. We think it is important that children are as active as possible and we encourage all children to participate in extra-curricular sports.
Sports Premium Funding
Each year our Sports Premium Funding is carefully allocated to the following areas: teacher and staff development CPD and after school clubs. For more information, please check the P.E funding page here.
How we evaluate learning in PE
The school was awarded a Silver National Sports Mark from School Games in July 2018, in recognition of our hard work in raising the profile of PE within the school. The impact of our PE curriculum can also be seen in children’s increasing mastery of movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination.
On completion of the unit of work, our PE teacher uses key assessment targets, along with observations of children’s skills, to make a judgement as to whether each child is working towards, at or above the expected level.