“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body,
it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity”
John F Kennedy
At Dundale, we believe that PE, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is essential to ensure that all children attain high levels of physical and emotional development and good health. We intend to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all pupils to succeed, develop a life-long love of physical activity and help progress life skills. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Dundale, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines that high quality PE promotes, such as cooperation, collaboration, equality, fairness and respect.
At Dundale, we follow a broad and balanced PE curriculum that ensures full coverage of the National Curriculum. Through the utilisation and adaptation of our chosen PE scheme (Primary PE Planning) we are able to ensure that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. Focus on the three pillars of progression enables pupils to develop their motor competences; understanding of rules, strategies and tactics; and healthy participation.
Children have equal opportunities to take part in a range of sports and physical activities, within a supportive environment, where effort as well as success is recognised. Each class has two sessions of PE per week, with these being adapted accordingly to the differing needs of each child. Children with additional needs are provided with appropriate support and adaptation to enable them to take
part and gain confidence in skills, understanding and motivation. All pupils are provided with teacher and peer feedback which focuses on what they are doing well and how to develop.
All lessons aim to have the pupils being fully active for between 50%-80% of the time. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in physical activity through extra-curricular clubs, outdoor learning, lunchtime provisions, trips and competitive sporting events.
Children in Years 3, 4 and 5 all swim once a week for a complete term. This helps them to develop and enhance their skills and confidence in water.
During the children’s learning journey at Dundale our intended impact of the PE curriculum is to ensure that children;
• Have a positive attitude towards exercise
•Enjoy and partake in physical activity
•Are inspired to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities
•Take responsibility for their own health and fitness
•Develop and embrace values such as fairness and respect
•Understand how the skills they have learnt can be applied to another sport, team game or physical activity
•Develop their strength, agility and confidence
•Have 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
PE Skills and Progression (currently being updated)