At Beech Grove, we follow a scheme of work called 'REAL PE'. Please follow the links below to see an overview of our PE curriculum, curriculum maps for each year group and the clear progression built into this scheme:
At Beech Grove we strive to create a culture which aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy PE, encourage each other and achieve. We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities which is essential in supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and moral development.
We offer a dynamic, varied and stimulating program of activity to ensure that all children progress physically through an inspirational and fully inclusive PE curriculum. We encourage all children to develop their understanding of the way in which they can use their body, equipment and apparatus safely yet imaginatively to achieve their personal goals.
All children have the opportunityto enjoy being physically active, maintain a healthy lifestyle and use the medium of sport, to increase their self-esteem. We aspire for children to adopt a positive mind-set and believe that anything can be achieved with determination and resilience.
The aim of Physical Education is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Children are taught to observe and produce the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators. Thus embedding life-long values such as responsibility, respect and courage.
We provide opportunities for children to learn how to stay safe by starting swimming lessons in Year 3 and continuing until children have become confident in the water, knowing how to keep safe whilst also meeting the National Curriculum requirements of swimming 25m by the end of Year 6.
Our PE Curriculum, along with PSHE and science, teaches children about the importance of healthy living and learning about the need for good nutrition. At Beech Grove, we aim for children to develop the necessary knowledge and skills which will have a positive impact on their future by becoming physically active citizens to benefit their long-term health and well-being.
Children participate in high-quality PE lessons twice a week. For one lesson a week (one hour) our teachers follow ‘Real PE', a scheme of work by Create Development which encourages a broad, balanced, child-centred approach to PE and Sport. 'Real PE' praises behaviour not skill, passing the responsibility of the lesson to the learner. For the 2nd PE lesson in the week the children are taught by specialist sports coaches. This session gives the children the opportunity to practice the skill they are currently learning and to apply it in a game situation.
We provide children with opportunities to participate in a range extra-curricular activities.
Our partnership with SASP (Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership) ensures that pupils can participate in traditional sports including football, tag rugby, hockey, athletics, mini tennis, cricket and netball as well as others such as basketball, dodgeball and cross-country.
We have good links with a range of local sporting organisations including Wellington Football club, martial arts and MP Coaching. We believe it is important to offer a wide range of sporting opportunities to cater for the range of interests of our pupils and increase levels of engagement.
In year 3 and 4, children develop their swimming and water safety skills through a block of swimming lessons at Wellington Sports Centre. These lessons are planned and taught by trained swimming instructors who provide targets for each of the ability groups. For pupils who have not learnt to swim in year 3 and 4, there is a further opportunity to swim throughout Year 5 and 6 until the pupil is confidently able to swim a distance of 25 metres. Throughout Key Stage 2, outdoor adventurous activity (OAA) opportunities are provided through residential trips.
Each year, a small group of Key Stage 2 pupils have the opportunity to become Playground Leaders for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, organise and run activities at lunchtime and assist at sporting events such as sports day.
We also take part in the ‘Daily Mile’, to help meet the government target of all children being active for at least 60 minutes a day.
Pupils' skill level is assessed across a number of different areas, in each unit of work. At the end of each unit the teachers record whether each pupil is working 'below', 'at' or 'above' age related expectations. This assessment information is used to inform future planning.
A high percentage of our pupils are physically active and this has positive implications on their learning in the classroom. Children understand how to lead a healthy and active lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise.
Pupils display positive attitudes towards PE; many put themselves forward to take part in inter-school competitions, clubs or to become a sports leader.
Our pupils make good progress in their physical development whilst developing important values and learning behaviours such as resilience, collaboration and respect.
Our PE kit is as follows:
Yellow Beech Grove School T shirt
For colder weather: black joggers (not leggings) and the Beech Grove green fleece jumper (or black jumper)
Trainers (daps are discouraged as they provide little protection to the foot/ankle)
These items can be purchased from The Sporting Duchess, South Street, Wellington.
Huge congratulations to Flo (Year 5) for successfully qualifying for the national biathlon finals in Bath. She went to a national heat where she had to complete an 800 metre run and a 50 metre swim. The final is coming up in March. Good luck, Flo!
Beech Grove Primary in the SASP Newsletter