Engaging, exciting and empowering lifelong learners through a creative, mastery-based curriculum
Our curriculum is centred around developing the whole child: from their head, to their heart, to their hand.
Why is Physical Education so important?
Physical inactivity is an increasing problem in modern day society, a problem that can have dire consequences. It is our role to educate children on the importance of physical activity for their physical, social and mental health.
The moving video below helps to demonstrate why we believe that Physical Education is more important now than ever before.
The link above takes you to a research report conducted to explore the impact of inactivity on our future generation.
It contains some interesting facts as well as some shocking statistics and is worth reading through.
The characteristics of a physically educated child at East Farleigh:
• The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE.
• The willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen
activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance.
• High levels of physical fitness.
• A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol and exercising regularly.
• The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being.
• The ability to take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating
and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.
• Exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’
performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support.
• A keen interest in PE. A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in
• The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water.
We actively encourage our pupils to compete in a range of competitions, sports festivals and local cluster fixtures that are organised at regular intervals, during the appropriate season, throughout the school year. In addition to the large variety of physical activity within the curriculum, we also offer a range of after school and lunchtime clubs such as Netball, Basketball, Tag Rugby, Football, Speed Stacking, Hockey and Athletics.
Curriculum Ambition: Physical Education
At East Farleigh, we believe that engagement in physical education and activity not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but also promotes correct physical growth and development. Our school aims to inspire and excite all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport and help them to achieve ‘sana mens in corpore sano: a healthy mind in a healthy body’. We recognise that exercise has a positive influence on academic achievement, emotional stability and social skills.
Through sport and other physical activities our children will learn about their responsibilities both as individuals and members of groups and teams; they will learn to cooperate and to compete fairly, understanding their own and other’s roles. Through the mastery of a creative curriculum based around childrens’ interests we endeavour to nurture confident, resilient children who will always strive to achieve their personal best. We aim to ensure that all children are empowered with the skills, mindset and positive, lifelong habits, through understanding the benefits of physical activity on both their bodies and minds. These capabilities will allow them to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond.
Curriculum Design: Physical Education
The teaching of Physical Education is conducted by both our teachers who use the GetSet4PE scheme and our outside PE provider, Team Theme. We work in close partnership with them to ensure that our curriculum intent is in line with theirs and that together we teach a progressive and engaging curriculum. Pupils at East Farleigh participate in two high quality PE lessons each week, covering two sporting disciplines every half term. Our PE curriculum is sequenced precisely to ensure progression of knowledge and skills throughout a child’s primary education, thus enabling children to build upon prior experiences and apply these fluently with confidence. In all of our PE lessons we ensure that there is both adequate challenge and support to ensure that all learners can achieve their full potential. Although we enjoy the competitive nature of sport, we also appreciate and encourage the importance of children ‘having a go’ and promote positive experiences of being physically active and not always participating to win. We have an inclusive approach and value the importance of physical and mental well-being.
A wide range of sporting clubs are regularly offered throughout the year, both at lunchtimes and after school. East Farleigh enters a vast range of sporting events throughout the year. These endeavour to be inclusive where children who are invited, attend to not only encourage their physical development but also their mental well-being. As a school we run inter-house events to ensure that all children have the opportunity to engage in competitive sport. We encourage our children to develop their leadership and communication skills by giving a group of Year Six children the opportunity to become positive role models as sports leaders. This is a role of responsibility where they support the younger children in playing collaborative games, respecting rules and being as active as possible during playtimes.
Curriculum Concepts: Physical Education
Develop practical skills in order to participate, compete and lead a healthy lifestyle- this concept involves learning a range of physical movements and sporting techniques.
Meeting Milestones: Physical Education
As part of our curriculum philosophy, built on around the concept of mastery and learning being a change to long-term memory, it is impossible to see impact in the short term. We do, however, use assessment based on deliberate practice. This means that we look at the practices taking place to determine whether they are appropriate, related to our goals and likely to produce results in the long run. We use comparative judgement in two ways: in the tasks we set (POP tasks) and in comparing a child's work over time. We also use lesson observations to see if the pedagogical style matches our depth expectations.
What do our pupils think?
"I love PE, learning all of the different sports is fun" Year 1
"A fun PE lesson is where you learn new things that you couldn't do before, I like that." Year 4
"A fun PE lesson at school is when everyone tries their hardest." Year 6
"We get to be active and play competitive games and have the chance to go to tournaments."
Aspirations for the future
As someone who is physically educated, you could become: