Throughout their physical education journey at Beech Hill School, the children will develop and master the fundamental movement skills (agility, balance, and co-ordination), through the Real PE scheme. The fundamental movement skills are core skills needed to become physically literate and enjoy lifelong physical activity.
Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Beech Hill, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Physical Education at Beech Hill is engaging, inclusive and child led. Once our children master the fundamental movement skills in KS1, they will then be able to take part in a range of sports and activities successfully in KS2. Children then are encouraged to take part in lunch time and after-school sport clubs with the aim to represent the school in competitions.
During the school day, we encourage our children to be physically active for 30 minutes a day. This year we have introduced skipping as a whole school initiative to promote physical activity. Children take part in two 15-minute skipping sessions alongside their teachers. This has had a positive impact on both physical and mental wellbeing. Alongside this, we actively encourage the Daily Mile in KS2.
At Beech Hill, we aspire for all children to leave primary school being able to swim at least 25 metres.
How our physical education curriculum is constructed
For years 1 – 6, we follow the National Curriculum as defined by the Department of Education.
Physical Education is taught throughout the whole school including nursery up to year 6. Children have one hour designated to PE which includes units based around games, gymnastics, dance, athletics (Sports Days), and Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA). Each year group follows the Real PE scheme. Each year group is taught dance by a professional dance teacher for one half term which is planned alongside their topic. He uses the skills document to ensure progression throughout the years.
In early years, the Real PE schemes links well to the three prime areas of: communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. This helps early years practitioners to gain evidence towards their teacher judgements.
Physical Education Policy
Long Term Planning
Physical Education Must Knows
Below are a selection of the ‘Must Knows’ that we provide for each year group, for each year group. These ‘Must Knows’ are designed to be used at home by parents to support their child’s learning of key vocabulary and support retention. These are carefully structured so that knowledge and vocabulary are sequenced and built upon over the child’s journey through school. We have both physical and gymnastics Must Knows.
A full range of physical education Must Knows can be found on each class’ Seesaw account
Cultural Capital in Physical Education
‘It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’
Ofsted School Inspection Handbook 2019
Cultural Capital at Beech Hill is something we are passionate about throughout all subjects. We aim to provide as many children as possible the opportunity to compete for the school in a range of competitions which include cross country, football, netball, hockey, tag-rugby, athletics, dance, and gymnastics. This helps to develop their social, leadership and team-work skills, as well as boosting their self-confidence. Due to COVID-19, unfortunately we have been unable to compete in any competitions
We also work closely with Deanfield Community Primary School to host competitions throughout the year to develop friendly competition between both schools. In the Summer Term, we hold a Trust Sports Day where parents from both schools attend. It is a fantastic event that promotes community cohesion.
Due to COVID-19, residentials have not happened this academic year and will be reviewed accordingly.
Year 6 and Year 2 take part in overnight residentials at Nell Bank and at Robin Wood. Children in Year 2 develop their social and interpersonal skills by taking part in a range of activities. In Year 6, children develop their OAA skills by taking part in a range of activities including rock climbing, abseiling, map reading and orienteering.