At Grove Lea Primary our intention is for our Physical Activity, Physical Education and School Sport curriculum to start with a base grounded in the Early Years Framework and National Curriculum. Whilst using this as a basis for knowledge and skills, it is our intention that our school curriculum exceeds this. Our provision is enhanced through effective use of the sports funding focussed on the five key indicators. It aims to provide a greater range of opportunities for children in order to allow them to become physically literate and excel in their physical development. Through our P.E progression grid and long term planning, we aim to develop children into individuals that are competent and confident in a wide range of co-operative and competitive activities. Teaching and Learning builds on the progression made across all year groups from Reception to Year 6 and aims to develop children who can communicate using vocabulary associated with Physical Education. The teaching and learning is personalised through medium term planning which uses a range of schemes and teachers’ own professional judgement. Subsequently, it is our aim that when children leave our school they will leave with a lifelong love of being active, an understanding of how to lead an active and healthy lifestyle both physically and mentally as well as having a core basis of skills in Physical Education.
We implement our P.E curriculum through a variety of strategies. We offer high quality modelling, opportunities for children to both ask and answer questions, provide scaffolds in our teaching and allow for independent practice time within lessons. Our core P.E lessons offer two hours of high quality P.E taught by highly qualified teachers in school and is supplemented with specialists throughout the year. Within these lessons our teachers model appropriate Tier 3 vocabulary and this is present on our display within our P.E environment. We unlock previous learning through reviews and recaps which unlock previously taught knowledge and skills. Our core lessons are taught in an active and engaging way through active starters and Maths of the Day resources. This encourages children to take risks and increase their resilience and perseverance when learning through this approach. We have high quality extra-curricular learning both before school and after school. Children have the opportunity to join many clubs in order to learn new skills and develop a wide range of transferable lifetime skills. We have developed strong links to outside agencies and clubs that helps to generate positive interaction in the community and offers children a pathway into being active outside of school. To complement this we provide many opportunities for children to represent school at inter-school level.
The impact of our Physical Activity, Physical Education and School Sport curriculum will be measured in the children’s levels of health and well-being. Through our pupil voice we will demonstrate children who have developed physically and are able to discuss Physical Education using appropriate vocabulary. We will see children who are active for longer parts of their day and then want to continue this into later life. Our outcomes will see children taking greater responsibility for their learning in P.E and achieving, more children joining extra-curricular clubs and a higher proportion of children will represent our school in Inter-school competitions across Wakefield and the Five Towns.
Achievements and Awards
We are very proud at Grove Lea to hold a number of awards which demonstrate our commitment to outstanding Physical Activity, Physical Education and School Sport. Over the past few years we have had a consistent contribution to the school games award which has led to us achieving the Gold Mark each year from 2015-2019. In addition to this we have recently been chosen as a Centre of Excellence for Physical Education with the Yorkshire Sport Foundation. This has enabled us to lead CPD sessions with local schools focusing on areas such as Active Learning, Leading P.E and the School Games Mark.
Our most recent success has been in achieving the Quality Mark with Distinction awarded by the Association for Physical Education. This followed a stringent application process and an external visit to judge our achievements. This demonstrates a significant achievement for our school as we are now one of only a handful of schools which hold this award across the whole of Yorkshire.
The most recent Ofsted report for our school also highlights our commitment to Physical Activity, Physical Education and School Sport. It stated;
"The school is exceptionally proud to hold the gold Sportsmark award. This award demonstrates a very clear focus on delivering a wide range of sporting opportunities across the school. At the time of the inspection, pupils, including those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, were able to learn how to play over 20 different sports both inside and outside the school curriculum. Sports offered included Boccia, table tennis, tag rugby, cross-country running, football and athletics. Pupils across the school compete in teams both locally and, in some instances, for the county. Sports premium funding is used highly effectively to develop pupils’ interest further in sport and to train staff to improve the quality of physical education (PE) across the school. Evidence to support this could be seen clearly in the range of different sporting activities available.