Why do we teach PE?
First and foremost we teach PE at Westcliff to improve the health and wellbeing of our children. We also want to provide opportunities for children to represent our school in numerous sports as this raises their confidence, builds team working skills and competitiveness.
PE also gives our children the opportunity to express themselves, for example through dance and gymnastics.
How do we teach PE?
We start with the National Curriculum and use a scheme called PE Passport to support our planning and evaluation.
In the Early Years children enjoy PE once a week where they learn and practise fundamental skills as part of the physical development early learning goal. They refine their gross and fine motor skills through throwing, catching and movement improving their hand/eye coordination.
In Key Stage One and Two children enjoy PE lessons once a week. During these lessons they focus on invasion games, dance, net and wall games and gymnastics. We have specialist teachers in to teach some aspects of PE, for example dance and Blackpool Football Club support our PE Subject Leader with planning and support teacher development.
Children also have the opportunity to attend before and after school clubs to enhance their skills. For example we run a Multi-Skills club for our infants where they can enhance their throwing, catching skills and enjoy keeping fit with their friends.
We take part in a girls and boys football inter-school league, athletics competitions, Change for Life and dance festivals.
We also encourage our children to make the link between exercise and mental health. An organisation called ‘Healthy Heads’ come in and talk to the children, encouraging positive well-being.
Here is a curriculum overview showing the sequencing of our PE lessons and progression within school.