PE Curriculum Statement
At Carnagill School, our curriculum is built around the attitudes and values of independence, curiosity, aspiration, commitment, kindness and pride. Our school motto of ‘Inspiring Bright Futures Together’ demonstrates our commitment to developing the whole child so that they can succeed in life. Mental health and well-being is a key driver in restoring our school community after the disruption of the pandemic.
At Carnagill School, the curriculum we offer is based around the four key principles of:
We underpin all of this with:
Obesity levels among primary school pupils are now at an all-time high. NHS data shows that almost one in seven children start primary school obese and more than a quarter are obese by the time they finish primary school. At Carnagill, we are seeing an increasing number of overweight children.
The lack of physical activity and the abundance of screen time are two of the biggest obstacles to children’s health that we face here at Carnagill. We also find that some of our children are consuming too many calories – and, in particular, too much sugar. The community that Carnagill serves is surrounded by fast-food restaurants and convenience stores. We encourage healthy lunchboxes and direct families to the Healthy Choices Programme when necessary.
The pandemic has been keenly felt by our children and families. The multiple lockdowns mean that our children have lost stamina in their reading and writing, some have lost physical fitness and others show signs of mental distress.
At Carnagill we want all children to:
- Be independent physically – from toileting and mark-making in our Early Years to evaluating and recognising their own physical success in Upper KS2.
- Be curious about new sports and develop their fundamental movement skills to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness.
- Aspire to lead healthy, active lives and develop their competence to excel and succeed in a broad range of physical activities.
- Show commitment and be physically active for sustained periods of time. Our children will have self-discipline and will understand that to be successful, you must work hard, show resilience and have the determination to believe that anything can be achieved.
- Be kind when communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. This will build character and embed values such as fairness and respect.
- Be proud when achieving their personal best and know how to excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities.
- Our PE curriculum incorporates a variety of sports to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities during and after school, in addition to competitive sporting events. This is an inclusive approach which encourages not only physical development but also positive health and well-being.
- Our curriculum is based around key questions e.g. ‘What does it mean to be healthy?’ Annually, the school celebrates ‘Healthy Eating Week’ to educate and promote a healthy lifestyle. Children engage in different workshops, activities and sports, and the week culminates with our whole-school Sports day.
- Our children will develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
- Lessons will be based on 5 social skills; encouragement, communication, respect, determination and body language. Pupils at Carnagill participate in at least 2 hours high quality PE each week. All classes strive to participate in ‘Wake and Shake’ sessions using Go Noodle, BBC Super Movers or Jump Start Jonny fitness videos on a daily basis to help pupils meet the 30 minutes of physical activity at school.
- Specialised sports coaches are used to support staff in planning and delivering the PE Curriculum.
- The fundamental movement skills are developed from our Early Year right through into KS2. These are a specific set of skills that involve different body parts such as feet, legs, trunk, head, arms and hands. These skills are the “building blocks” for more complex and specialised skills that kids will need throughout their lives to competently participate in different games, sports and recreational activities
- Our lessons will be highly engaging enabling all young people, whatever their circumstances or ability, to take part in and enjoy PE and sport.
- Short, well-planned activities will build on what the children have previous been taught so they will know more, do more and remember more.
- The STEP(space, task, equipment, people) approach is used to adapt, differentiate and extend our PE and sports lessons.
- Subject vocabulary is displayed in the hall to support learning as well as being reinforced by teachers.
Our PE curriculum improves the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Carnagill, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and attitudes. We ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities.
Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful they need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.