Physical Education

Curriculum Intent

At The Priory Catholic Voluntary Academy, it is our intention to build a curriculum that enables children to develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary in a broad range of sporting activities, as well as developing our school values and transferable life skills such as fairness and respect.

Our PE curriculum is based on an enhanced model of the Early Years Framework and the National Curriculum. The subject leader has created progression documents from Reception to Year 6. These progression documents have been planned in order to build on the skills needed to meet the end of KS objectives in the National Curriculum. Our long term plan is broad and balanced, allowing children to access a wide variety of high quality PE and sports provision. The long term plan begins by focusing on the fundamental skills (ABC) and then moving onto skills and activities that can lead to different sports. Further up school, we start making the links between sports and finally in years 5 and 6, it becomes more sport specific as we get them ready for secondary school. Children are given plenty of opportunities to build upon prior knowledge, allowing children to know more, and remember more. Children are given plenty of opportunities to take part in competitive sports throughout the year. We use PE Passport as our PE scheme in order the develop teacher’s CPD. Teachers are encouraged to use this, alongside their professional judgement when planning their lessons. Provision is enhanced through the use of the Sports Premium Funding and are covered by the 5 key performance indicators.

Curriculum Implementation

The PE curriculum is taught through the PE Passport scheme, which is in line with the National Curriculum. This is used to aid teaching staff in their subject knowledge. Teachers are able to adjust and change lessons to suit the needs of their classes but the scheme provides a strong basis of what is expected. Each class has access to 2 hours of high quality PE lessons every week. These are either taught by our PE Specialist or the class teacher who have received training and support. Children are given the opportunity to practise skills in a variety of ways and each lesson builds upon the previous skills, allowing them time to embed it. Different skills are recapped throughout and across the years, each time they are being built upon; allowing children to know more and remember more. Year 3 receive weekly swimming lessons. These  lessons run throughout the whole year. This means that children have the best opportunity to meet the swimming requirements as they have the whole year to learn, practise and apply the skills needed.

We offer a wide range of sporting after school clubs. Clubs run three times a week. A range of inter and intra events run throughout the school year, giving children opportunities to take part in competitive sports.

Assessments are based on teacher assessments and are recorded on Insight and the PE Passport. Pupils are also given time to reflect on their learning and take part in self, peer and group feedback within the lesson.

Curriculum Impact

Our children have a secure understanding of the benefits of leading healthy lifestyles. Children are able to know more and remember more about the importance of healthy lifestyles. They progress well throughout each year group and meet the NC objectives. They are eager to attend after school clubs and competitive sports events and even the least confident children are keen to attend.

School Sports Premium Funding

The Government is providing each primary school throughout England with additional funding which is to be spent on improving the sports provision within schools. At The Priory Catholic Voluntary Academy we believe a high quality PE curriculum should be an integral part of the whole school curriculum and one that staff, pupils and parents understand and can contribute to. Our school recognises the values that a high quality PE and school sport curriculum gives pupils. Please visit the Sports Funding information page (Key Documents) to find out more about what we have been doing with the Sports Premium Funding!

School Games

We have been awarded the School Games Gold Award in recognition:

  • of our school’s provision for pupils to engage in 2 hours of sporting activities per week;
  • that we engage 20% of pupils in extra curricular sport;
  • that we provide appropriate competition level (through inter school activities);
  • that 5% of children lead and officiate school games.