Physical Education Curriculum Statement

At Willow Brook, it is our understanding that physical activity contributes to the achievement and progress children make right across the curriculum. Our PE lessons promote confidence, teamwork and concentration which are skills that are transferred into our other curriculum lessons. PE lessons are engaging and provide children with experiences of new sports and skills. We have confident teachers who deliver and participate in lessons alongside their classes, acting as positive role models to our children. Children have the confidence to try something new and are committed to improving their personal best to achieve. Curriculum lessons promote sportsmanship with an emphasis placed on fair play, leadership, care and respect. We empower our children with the skills they need to coordinate their own games, work alongside others of all ages and be respectful of fair play. They communicate with others well and happily play alongside others from different year groups.

PE and sport is a priority at Willow Brook and we have employed a dedicated PE Teaching Assistant who provides each class with a PE lesson each week. Through coaching qualifications and up to date CPD they plan and deliver curriculum content across the full age range of children. They work alongside our PE lead to ensure coverage of the curriculum and to help to monitor and assess children’s progress and participation. In addition to our PE Teaching Assistant we also make use of expert coaches in our community, making links with local clubs and improving teacher and teaching assistants CPD. Exciting one-off events are experienced by all age groups throughout the year broadening opportunities available.

Physical activity is not only promoted during PE lessons but throughout the school day with active lessons and playtimes. Children are encouraged to use outdoor gym equipment and games facilities at all playtimes and our PE Teaching Assistant is on hand to provide planned activities for different year groups at lunchtimes. We promote leadership within our children through our sports leader programme. Year 5 and 6’s are given the opportunity to plan and lead games at lunchtimes as well as being involved in sports days and potted sports events. Extra-curricular clubs are an important part of our additional provision and children are encouraged to stay committed and try something new. We aim to encourage children to develop positive attitudes towards being physically active that will last their entire lifetime.

Within the school year opportunities to compete are provided. Whether that be an individual challenge in trying to beat their personal best, playing as part of a team within their class or against another year group. Children will also be given the opportunity to represent their school through our partnership with other schools. They feel a sense of achievement and pride within match reports that are published to our school community and shared in our whole school assemblies.

Please find our PE Curriculum Progression here