PE at Roach Vale is taught by a combination of class teachers, PE specialists and qualified sports coaches. 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. Children are encouraged to participate in exercise throughout the day during PE lessons, extra-curricular clubs, outdoor learning, the daily mile, lunch provision and special events.
At Roach Vale, the PE curriculum is structured to provide a range of sport experiences during which every child participates to develop their skills and learning through competitive, team and individual sports. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. In Reception, we teach Physical Development using the Development Matters curriculum which meets the requirements of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
In Reception, children have regular opportunities to use their indoor and outdoor space to revise and refine fundamental movement skills they have already acquired (eg. rolling, crawling etc.). Throughout the year, they work through all of the objectives within their curriculum, ensuring that the children meet their Early Learning Goals. Objectives are covered through Basic Balls Skills, Gymnastics, Dance, Games and Continuous Provision.
In Key Stage One, children are taught: ball skills, fundamentals, net and wall, striking and fielding, sending and receiving, invasion and target games so that they can then apply these skills in games and activities which have increased pressure, rules and decision making in Key Stage Two. Gymnastics and Dance is taught throughout Key Stage One and Key Stage Two as it promotes creativity and expression and the units are very progressive in skills.
In Key Stage Two, children are taught a range of sports to give children a range of experiences. Most sports are taught twice, once in Lower Key Stage Two (LKS2) and once in Upper Key Stage Two (UKS2). This helps broaden the students’ understanding of the sport; helps them improve their skills; and shows progression within the sport. Specific sports have been chosen based partly on pupil voice, teacher expertise, resources and venue, and based on what local secondary schools are teaching. This ensures that our Year 6 children feel prepared to enter those lessons with some knowledge, understanding and confidence.