Rise Park Primary and Nursery PE Curriculum
This year we have had to adapt our approach to learning and the PE curriculum is no exception. Rise Park offers a wide range of sports which are led by Mr Jones, our full time Sports Specialist. Each class has their weekly PE lessons taught by Mr Jones alongside their class teacher who will deliver one lesson each half term. This high-quality hour of coaching is the main timeslot where the children learn the importance of the four PE key drivers.
- Respect for the rules and others – whatever the task is, it is crucial that the instructions have been listened to and the rules of the activity are being upheld. This keeps the conditions fair for all that are in the session.
- Resilience – all of our children are at different levels of ability and naturally find that all tasks vary in challenge. The Rise Park ethos promotes demonstration, a want to keep trying until something becomes learned rather than a high success rate straight away. Do you give up easily?
- Collaborating with others – one should never outweigh the many, so learning to work as part of a team can transfer into numerous life situations to come. Being a contributing part of a team is a valuable lesson inside and outside the classroom.
- Emotional awareness – this, when relating to sport, is linked to compassion and empathy, during sport can you show empathy for others and pick up on their emotions and change your behaviour accordingly to get the most out of that individual. Really touching upon teamwork and leadership, if this is you already then you would make a fantastic Sports Ambassador.
Over the course of the academic year in PE Rise Parkers will cover a unit of work from the following six topics: Gymnastics, Dance, Invasion games (attacking and defending), Striking and Fielding, Net and Wall and Athletics.
We pride ourselves on the endless sporting opportunities we provide for our pupils and will continue in this direction until there truly is complete access for all which is our main aim.
Fun Fit intervention
The aim of Fun Fit is to improve a child’s co-ordination skills and underlying postural stability and balance. Activities included in the Fun Fit session plans will also help improve specific skills such as hand eye co-ordination, body awareness, spatial awareness and ball skills. Children that attend Fun Fit club at the beginning of the school day are often better focused in class, have more self-confidence and are more able to concentrate for the rest of the day. Children who are having problems in school due to poor co-ordination may well benefit from attending Fun Fit. The teachers work with Mr Jones and refer children that may have difficulty with issues like handwriting, dressing and changing, using a pair of scissors and general balance and posture in class.
Fun Fit runs alongside intervention four mornings a week and is usually a 3-month programme, therefore typically last for a whole term. The session runs between 8:20am–8:50am then the children are taken to start their school day. Fun Fit is a real celebrated success at Rise Park and is a programme that has real positive impact on the children.
The sheriff’s challenge is really high profile at Rise Park and involves every member of our team in some manner. Each key stage has two courses marked out on on the playground and the other on the field. The KS1 courses are 50m long and the KS2 courses total 100m each. The children can take part in the sheriff’s challenge in whatever they are wearing be it PE kit or school uniform. Each class just grabs and iPad and once at the Sheriff’s challenge track the class begins to run laps until half of the group have slowed to a walking pace, at this point the group stops. The number of laps ran are logged on the Sheriff’s challenge whiteboards by the Sheriff’s challenge monitor from that class and these scores provide the Sheriff’s challenge data that you can find on the school website, this is updated weekly so parents can track the frequency and level of performance for the class that their child is in. The school’s expectation is that each class gets out and runs the Sheriff’s challenge a minimum of three times per week, this essentially accumulates to another PE lesson but is manageable enough to not affect the classes timetable. At the end of each week the class that has ran the furthest distance or made the most significant improvement wins the Sheriff’s challenge cup and retains that for the next week. Each class is aware of the number of laps that were ran the week before and that is the score that we want to improve upon to ensure consistent progression. All four key drivers link perfectly to the Sheriff’s challenge and that is why it is our whole school initiative.
Lunch Time Activity
During lunchtimes the aim is to have as many Rise Parkers engaging in structured play as possible, remembering that lunchtime is period that should have enjoyment and child’s choice at the centre where possible. However, it is proven that physically activity positively transfers into the classroom, along with all the mental, social, emotional and physical benefits that we instil into our PE Rise Park ethos lead by Mr Jones. Midday supervisors are an integral part of our lunchtimes flowing smoothly and are fully aware and updated on the lunchtime sport layout and rota, our middays are brilliant at using that unique relationship with the children to deal with the lunch side of lunchtime as well as refereeing sports, administering first aid for injuries, settling disputes, and providing that all important general care – ladies, we are very lucky to have you.
A good range of equipment such as a selection of balls, hula hoops, skipping ropes, frisbees, bean bags, quoits and a parachute are at the disposal of all children on the KS1 playground each lunchtime. We have a designated area for football which seems to be the most popular sport and we are working towards providing five-a-side goal post due to the increase in demand. Daily trips are made to the KS1 playground from our Sport Ambassadors who design manage and run different activities for the younger children which are always flooded with popularity.
We offer a wide variety of sports ruled by a strict rota to encourage broadening our children’s interests and skill sets. Basketball, Handball, Football and French Cricket are the sports that have been deemed most popular through the feedback of pupil voice. Through good organisation from our Sport Ambassadors all activities are set up on the playground 5 minutes before lunchtime starts, so our Rise Parkers can access as much sport possible in their lunchtime. On top of that we also have a weekly personal best challenge (PBC) which is always a closed skill task again, designed and ran by the Sport Ambassadors where you compete against yourself to achieve your highest score. Anyone is welcome to try as many times as they wish and the best score out of all KS2 children receive an award in assembly at the end of that week.
All staff at Rise Park support one another, we have a handful of TA’s/ Nurture Specialists that go beyond their call of duty and take a select group of children at lunchtimes and to use sport/games as a medium of teaching valuable lesson/morals in keeping with our schools’ key drivers. Tackling difficult issues such as empathy, confidence, resilience, sharing, regulating emotions and how to behave correctly on the playground. The children enjoy the activities covered in these groups and get to focus on values not always covered in a classroom, the work done in these groups is again invaluable.
Lunch times in Covid
All year groups have designated times to eat and to play/get involved in sport. A midday supervisor has been assigned to each bubble along with their own box of equipment which they share within the year group. Some activities/games that involve no equipment have been taught to the children by both Mr Jones and the midday team, so the those who aren’t involved with the equipment given to that bubble can remain active and entertained. A huge thank you goes out to the parents and staff that have donated equipment for all our children, we appreciate your support immensely.
The activities covered in lessons change each half term and continues to change throughout the year groups as the children move up to complete that well rounded individual that eventually leaves us hopefully in year 6. It is essential that the children and staff benefit fully from having a full time bespoke primary sport specialist, therefore Mr Jones assesses the children’s performance each half term. Alongside the class teacher Mr Jones obtains a clear view of the direction their class will be heading within that sport/topic that half term through the planning. The class teacher is present in every session and will complete an assessment booklet that places the children in either red, yellow or green band groups. Each band group is differentiated and has a slight change in objective/expectation each lesson. It is possible for children to move groups depending on factors such as ability, progression, reversibility and behaviour. All decisions will be jointly made and noted by Mr Jones and the class teacher. The final placement of the children and their report comments will be given to the class teacher at the end of the year in the PE assessment spreadsheet.
Any outstanding examples of consistent performance in lesson linked to a specific sport will be referred to external provision to strengthen school club links that we regard with the upmost importance at Rise Park Primary and Nursery, this helps to keep our children as active as possible and fulfil their full potential.
Intra School Competition
The competitive element is a very important aspect of sport, and here at Rise Park we think that a winning mentality isn’t everything, but definitely something that shouldn’t be overlooked or under estimated. Our children regularly compete against one another in their weekly PE lessons, whether that be in one on one situations or team-based activities. There is plenty of opportunity to compete at a variety of sports during lunchtime that are well structured and officiated by staff and sport ambassadors. Weekly personal best challenges take place across KS2 focusing on personal development. We then compare scores across the year at the end of each week. We have great experiences of trying to beat the class in your year groups while fundraising for charities, recent examples of these are bounceathon, obstacle races and red nose and spoon race. All these situations build our children’s confidence, empathy, drive and most important embed the ethos of our four Rise Park PE key drivers: resilience, emotional awareness, respecting the rules and collaborating with others.
Inter School Competition
Receiving the chance to represent your school is a privilege that we hope all our Rise Parkers strive for and will get the opportunity to do at some point through their primary education experience. Competing against children from other schools is something that can really make qualities that we expect and hope our children to take with them into their secondary education, such as self-esteem, fair play, respect for others and the game, determination, pride, compassion and many more. School sport competitions have been dampened by the pandemic and unfortunately not been a possibility although things are looking up in the summer term. In a normal year Rise Park Primary and Nursery would attend on average of three competitions each half term therefore aiming for roughly 18 over the course of the academic year, these competitions take place across all year groups in both key stages.
We belong to the aspire family of schools with 6 other schools in the local area and are always keen to attend the family competitions, the last event like this was pre-pandemic with a Dodgeball tournament at Robin Hood Primary in which Rise Park came out on top. These are always a really successful and well ran events and we look forward to hosting upcoming competitions for our school family in the not too distant future.
All children will have the opportunity to play for the school football team when in Y6, we frequently look for shining stars in Y5 to bolster the squad if numbers are lacking, however it has been a really popular and competitive for places over the past two years whilst Mr Jones has been with us. The teams, matches and training sessions are run by Mr Kelly (Y6) and Mr Ginns-Farrows (EYFS) for both genders and call up Mr Jones for support and refereeing duties when needed.
After School Club activity
After school clubs are a real positive for Rise Park and something our children are always very keen to attend and get excited about. Mr Jones runs three after school clubs each half term available to all year groups across key stages one and two. The activities again are chosen through listening to the pupil voice and also in keeping with upcoming competitions. As a school our aim is to provide 3 after school clubs for each half term across KS1 and KS2, so each year group has one opportunity to attend an after-school club termly. Maximum capacity for each club in 20 children slightly smaller than a class size. All after school clubs will run for an hour and we can maximise the amount of time now that children attend school in their PE kit on days they are to be involved with sport. All clubs in Covid will be outside and dismissal will be from the year group class rooms.
These individuals are a chosen mix of responsible, confident, out-going Y5 and Y6 pupils with the main objective of raising the profile of PE at our school to as wider audience as possible usually maintaining the role for their final two years with us. This year our plans have been hampered by the pandemic considerably and I feel saddened that our Y6 sport ambassadors who will be leaving us after the summer term won’t have had the normal opportunity to achieve great heights in their role.
Sport Ambassadors attend a minimum fortnightly meeting with Mr Jones to discuss their goals throughout the year, these usually consist of increasing participation in sport at lunchtimes for KS2 children, designing and managing the personal best challenges, trips to the KS1 playground to run games and build leadership skills, hosting inter sport competitions, managing charity fundraising events, raising funds for improvements to the schools facilities, organising sports day and above all being positive role models to all others including staff at Rise Park Primary and Nursery.
PE provision during Lockdown
Whilst the majority of children worked from their own homes for long periods of time during the pandemic, the issue raised the question of how are we as a school are going to keep children physically active and engaged whilst being apart. Our solution to this was creating “Mr Jones in your homes.”
Each week a different virtual PE lesson was made in a video format and uploaded to the school website. Each session had a different themed activity that was differentiated for each year groups. If children fit into a key worker or vulnerable bubble they would undergo the lesson in their PE slot with their class teacher and if children were home learning they would access the virtual lesson through the website and submit evidence of performance through Showbie, our remote learning tool.
Engagement was logged by Mr Jones on each cohort’s engagement tracker and he liaised with the class teachers to either provide praise or encouragement when making welfare phone calls to try and raise the profile of PE provision during lockdown.
Raising the profile
The main tool to raise the profile of PE in Rise Park is the website, on the website you can find out about Mr Jones, the curriculum map (sports your child will cover each year they are with us, all information needed about all PE provision and achievements in sport made by our children. Mr Jones provides regularly updates on any sporting news in the whole school newsletter and is building towards having a separate termly newsletter that is solely focused around PE. Around school you will find displays that show off our sports days, and sport ambassadors, after school clubs, Sheriff’s Challenge whiteboards and Mr Jones in your home’s lockdown display. There are also rotas for breaktimes and posters advertising any upcoming events that we have chosen to take part in. Visually for the children it important that they can see and interact with the milestones they have achieved to keep that eagerness to carry on participating in things that have so many fabulous benefits for our children.