Curriculum Intent

At Leamington Primary School we believe that sport and physical activity play a crucial role in contributing to the health and wellbeing of our children. We also believe that sporting excellence and participation go hand in hand with academic standards, which is why we strive to deliver a wide range of activities in school which aim to engage and inspire all children.

We work closely with Liverpool School Sports Partnership to ensure children receive opportunities to take part in specifically planned sporting activities both in our school environment and in the wider community. We have used the Primary PE and Sports Funding to purchase our ‘Silver’ LSSP Membership Package to develop the skills and expertise of children and staff across all of the school, ranging from Year 1 through to Year 6. As part of the package, a specialist P.E. teacher works with classes across the school, on a rota basis, for 1 half-day a week. Those children who are the least active are supported and encouraged to participate in P.E and have fun.

Included in our Primary PE and Sports Funding spend is our membership with Progressive Sports. Progressive Sports coaches spend one day working with EYFS children and one half-day working with a year group per half term.

Through our use of LSSP and Progressive Sports, we are able to offer more after-school clubs: Progressive Sports offer an after-school club on a Wednesday and Thursday whilst LSSP offer an after-school club on a Thursday. These sessions are in addition to other after-school clubs led by skilled members of staff or other outside agencies, including: dance, football, netball and archery.

For more information regarding the Sports Premium spend please see attached – Evidencing the Impact of the Primary PE and Sport Premium 2020

The P.E curriculum at Leamington promotes physical health and wellbeing as vitally important factors in a child’s life.  The ability to learn new skills, and build upon the skills learnt provides children with an insight into their own abilities and how they can improve whilst giving them an understanding of the abilities of others. Therefore realising that we are all different, we progress at different rates, we should support and respect each other and work collaboratively during P.E sessions to learn from each other.

We want to enable children to become confident learners regardless of their ability, understanding our differences and embracing them. We are also very aware of when children need some extra support and we work hard to ensure the correct kind of support is put in place. In March of this year, a group of Y5 and Y6 children will be taking part in a programme entitled Mini Mermaids (girls) and Young Tritons (boys).  The program will be delivered by an outside agency and involves eight one hour sessions. 

Young Tritons Running Club aims to inspire every boy to become emotionally and physically balanced through:

  • Self-compassion
  • Empathy
  • Cooperation
  • A broadened definition of strength

Mini Mermaids Running Club is a self-development club with a mission to tackle the issues of self-confidence and low self-esteem, while giving girls a chance to fall in love with running, moving their bodies and experiencing the satisfaction of crossing a finish line.  This program aims to combine physical activity with mental wellbeing, personal, social and emotional development and feeds in to the holistic approach of taking special care of our mind and body as a whole.

We want our children to understand that they can take part in physical activity anytime, anywhere, regardless of social, economic and financial factors.  Children should be aware that they can take part in physical activity without leaving their homes, using resources on offer to them and we encourage families to work with their children to achieve this goal.

Curriculum Implementation

Our Curriculum is supportive of the individual needs of the children in each year group in our school. Learning opportunities and assessment for each year group ensure progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills.  The scheme of work used in school (key PEsports) offers  ‘a wide range of lesson plans that cover a number of different skills, including, ABC (agility, balance and coordination), attack and defend, send and receive, striking and fielding and tactics and strategies. Plans to cover sport specific lessons are also included, which can be used for curriculum time or to help enhance after-school clubs. Children are given the opportunity to compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Opportunity is given to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Sessions allow time for children to develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.’

 We encourage staff to organise their own year group curriculums under the guidance of subject leaders.  By doing so, teachers are able to make meaningful cross curricular links, taking learning of a particular topic, out of the classroom to gain a different perspective and a deeper understanding.  For example, during our Year 5’s topic on the Egyptians, they took part in P.E sessions focusing on the importance of Dance in Egyptian history.  They then moved onto exploring solo, group and paired dances, head dresses and costumes worn for dancing and investigating Festival dancing and the reasons behind the celebration of each festival.

Every morning, all children in EYFS and Key Stage One take part in a ‘Wake up, Shake up’ or ‘Rise and Shine’ activity, highlighting the importance of physical activity and how a short burst can get us ready for the tasks ahead.  ‘Wake up, shake up’ starts from the very youngest children in our Nursery setting and continues through to Year 2.  Because we have started from the Nursery, all children are aware that ‘Wake up, shake up’ serves as a pre-cursor to settling down to work.

KS2 children use ‘alerting sensory breaks’ and ‘proprioceptive sensory breaks’.  This encourages children to stop working and take part in a short (5-10 mins) burst of exercise, preparing their brain and body for settling back down to work (alerting). Proprioceptive breaks encourage children to stop and take part in applied pressure exercises which make them aware of their body, and have a calming effect.

Children in Years 1-6 also take part in Active Maths which focuses on encouraging children to become active whilst taking part in maths sessions.  Year 6 children also take part in some of the Active Literacy activities.

We work closely with LSSP and our cluster schools to further develop the opportunities to enter competitions.  We are currently working with School Improvement Liverpool and a local secondary school, to share facilities which will enable children to take part in inter-school competitions, allowing them to meet children from other local community schools who they may meet again during their transition to Secondary school.

We strive to enrich our curriculum and offer children opportunities to take part in after-school clubs offered by outside agencies, and take part in sports that they may not experience outside of school including Archery and Taekwondo.  We currently have an outside agency working with Years 1-6 teaching yoga with each year group having a half term of lessons. All children from Years 2-6 take part in weekly swimming sessions, taught by specialist coaches and designed to support all abilities.

We aim to ensure our pupils understand the importance of working together to support each other and solve their own problems, especially outside of the classroom.  We worked closely with LSSP and took part in the new PAL’s (Physical Activity Leaders) programme. A group of 16 Year 5 and 6 children were chosen to be trained alongside all of our Lunchtime Supervisors.  The children were taught the importance of physical activity and how it improved their mood as well as lots of fun activities to encourage others to get involved.  They work on a rota basis, using the resource cards included in the training, to offer children different ways to become active during lunchtimes.

We are currently working alongside School Improvement Liverpool in the early stages of the implementation of Developing a progressive school curriculum to support the whole child in Physical Education’, and we will change, update and re-organise our curriculum to benefit the learning and progression of the children.

 Curriculum Impact

Curriculum leaders at Leamington are given time to monitor their subjects on a regular basis.  This monitoring time involves lesson observations, discussions with staff and pupils regarding planning, timetabling of sessions, curriculum coverage and pupil voice.  This information is collated and presented to Governors at the end of the summer term, when it is fed back to subject leaders and any changes can be discussed and implemented in September.

Our close working relationship with both LSSP, Progressive Sports and our cluster school groups, is giving children the opportunity to take part in both Elite and Development level competitions, as well as specific SEND competitions (LSSP) and our work with other schools in the community will enable children to broaden their social circles and play against friends in a competitive situation.

All KS2 children leave with increased water confidence and it is our aspiration that they are able to swim 25m using a recognised stroke.

We are proud of the way our Lunchtime Supervisors and PALs have taken on the ‘active lunchtimes’ programme so enthusiastically and we are already noticing a drop in the number of lunchtime incidents reported.  Both adults and children are aware of the necessity of the programme and both spoke frankly and honestly to our LSSP specialist when she came to find out how the programme was running, in order for her to make changes that are specific to our school and environment.

We feel that our varied curriculum, opportunities to re-visit and build on skills learnt, willingness to work with outside agencies and School Improvement Liverpool means that we provide our children with opportunities to:

  • Access a range of extra-curricular sports;
  • Socialise with different peer groups;
  • Compete;
  • Be signposted to local, regional and national clubs;
  • Understand the benefits of leading a healthy active lifestyle.

Wider Opportunities

The children have attended competitions including Dodgeball, Football, Boccia, Gymnastics and Dance.

Several groups of SEND children have taken part in a Highland Games and a Boccia Development Competition.

We have also taken full advantage of the opportunities provided by the two amazing Football clubs in our city with some of our Y5/6 boys taking part in the EFC Premier League School’s Tournament and the LFC Ian Frodsham Tournament.

We have achieved the Silver School Games Mark for Sports.

All of these activities have been funded or partly funded by the Sports Grant.

For a breakdown of after-school provision please contact Mrs. Bland (PE Subject Leader)  on 0151 284 7848.

Take a look at our After School Clubs timetable

Important documents:

EYFS

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

How has Covid affected the Physical Education Curriculum at Leamington Primary?

 

What was it like before Lockdown?

Before the Covid19 pandemic was prevalent in the UK, Physical Education at Leamington C.P school was a strongly embedded part of the curriculum.

I was working collaboratively with School Improvement Liverpool and LSSP to implement a progressive school curriculum, designed to support the whole child in Physical Education.  This curriculum would be adapted to suit the specific needs of our school and was designed to complement the excellent delivery of P.E already taking place in our school.

We are very fortunate to have delivered a fantastic Swimming programme through School Improvement Liverpool, for years 2 to 6 with each year group receiving a block of sessions each half term.  This time allocation allowed coaches to assess the children at the end of their block sessions, and year 6 children targeted as requiring extra support are offered top-up sessions during Summer 2 term.

We employed the services of Liverpool School Sports Partnership and Progressive Sports to offer Continuing Professional Development for teachers, and each year group (Y1 – Y6) was timetabled for a half term block of sessions delivered by LSSP as well as two half termly blocks of sessions delivered by PS.  PS worked solely with our EYFS children for one morning per week, all year round.

Both agencies offered After School Clubs to the year groups they worked with each half term allowing for two clubs to run every Thursday delivered by both LSSP and PS on Thursday’s and another on Wednesday’s delivered by PS.

Children from Reception to Year 6 were regularly involved in a wide and varied array of competitions and festivals hosted by LSSP including Sports Hall Athletics, Multi Sports, Dance, Quicksticks, Matball and Dodgeball (to name only a few!!).  Competitions are completely inclusive of all children and our children have attended specifically planned SEND competitive events.  We have attended football competitions and festivals at Liverpool Football Academy and regularly take part in the Liverpool and District Primary Schools’ Cross Country League with our team of runners.

We welcome visitors to school and have received After School sessions from other outside agencies offering exciting opportunities for children to take part in Archery, Fencing and Taekwondo.  We have also had the fantastic opportunity to take part in a day of coaching for children from years 1-6 from St Helen’s Rugby coaches.

Just before the first lockdown, we had signed up with an outside agency called Full of Beans (children’s fitness and sport’s coaching) who were delivering a programme called Mini Mermaids and Young Tritons.  The programme was especially designed  with a mission to ‘tackle the issues of self-confidence and low self-esteem, while giving girls and boys a chance to fall in love with running, moving their bodies and experiencing the satisfaction of crossing a finish line’.

We selected a group of year 6 boys and girls who we felt would benefit greatly from this programme to take part, with parental consent.  Only two of the sessions were delivered before Liverpool went into lockdown and school’s closed on 25th March 2020.

We took part in the Physical Activity Leaders (PALS) training program which was led by LSSP.  A group of 20 Y5/6 children and all of our lunchtime supervisors took part in specialist training aimed at promoting physical activity during lunchtimes and tackling behaviour issues that can often arise through inactivity.  The program was proving very successful but we were unable to continue as lockdown and restrictions meant that playtimes had to be staggered and children were only permitted to play in their own year group bubbles.

I have worked closely with Dave Woodhouse (SIL) Jimmy McGinn (LSSP) and P.E leads from our cluster group of schools in the area, to discuss further opportunities for extra cross country training sessions, sporting events at Archbishop Beck (LSSP’s HQ) and Intra competitions between schools.

 

What was it like during Lockdown

During the first lockdown in March 2020, Liverpool City Council decided on the ‘hub’ approach as the best way of supporting the children of key workers in our local area.  Children from Leamington, St Matthews and St Teresa of Lisieux school’s accessed the hub at St Teresa’s and P.E leads from each of the schools employed the services of the outside agencies employed by school, to provide fun and engaging physical activity sessions for those children attending the hub.

As P.E lead at Leamington C.P School, I liaised closely with Jimmy McGinn from Liverpool School Sports Partnership and Andrew Cann from Progressive Sports, both agencies employed by our school to deliver high quality Physical Education sessions in line with the agreed syllabus for Liverpool, and provide CPD for our teachers.

Both agencies offered us a coach to work with children at the hub on a half day basis, and I spoke to both via email to ensure each offered different opportunities and skills for the physical activity sessions they would be teaching.

Parents were also contacted regularly via Classdojo and social media and made aware of the online opportunities for Physical Education sessions that could take place at home for those not eligible to attend the hub, without equipment on a regular basis such as P.E with Joe Wickes (every weekday at 9am during the first lockdown) dance sessions on BBCiplayer with Oti Mabuse, and virtual competitions delivered by LSSP.

When we returned to school in September 2020, every effort was made to provide children with opportunities for physical education under very difficult circumstances.

We renewed our membership with LSSP, which meant that children had less specialised coaching time.  All of the large spaces indoors that where normally used for P.E sessions, were taken over as extra teaching spaces to allow for the recommended number of children allowed in classrooms due to social distancing under government guidelines.  We are fortunate enough to have an outdoor football cage where we moved all of our Physical Education sessions but during the winter months this was only viable when weather permitted outdoor activities, and sessions often had to be cancelled at very short notice.

During the second lockdown (4th January – 8th March 2021) we were far more prepared to deliver the fullest opportunities for Physical Education.  It was an expectation that year groups would include a daily wake up shake up session for those children at home, as was the expectation in school.  LSSP continued to post virtual competitions, and our own LSSP coach created weekly power burst sessions for KS1 and KS2 especially adapted to be completed without equipment in a small space.

Teachers continued to post weekly tasks for Physical Education as part of their daily remote learning.

 

What was it like after Lockdown?

After the Pandemic, children returned to school, having missed large blocks of Physical Education.  As the Physical Education curriculum offers opportunities for specific strands to be revisited in different year groups, the focus shifted towards providing opportunities for children to be physically active in any way possible.

The swimming programme was delivered to Year 6 only, and was intermittent due to lockdown restrictions and changes to government advice regarding public swimming pools and risk assessments.

We resumed our LSSP coaching sessions on a weekly basis, but due to the amount of time left in the academic year, each year group has been offered a much shorter block of sessions than they would usually receive.

After school sessions have resumed, with each year group from now, working with our LSSP coach, offered the opportunity to take part in an after school club.

EYFS children have been given the opportunity to access a six week Balanceability programme which aims to ‘combine unique ergonomic balance bikes with a schedule of fun activities that build confidence, spatial awareness and dynamic balance skills’, supporting learning to cycle without ever needing stabilisers.

Power sessions are booked in for Year 6 children in Summer 2 and LSSP have continued to work with our children, offering a variety of Intra competitions between bubbles/classes of the same year group, including dodgeball and matball competitions, which the staff and children have really enjoyed.

In preparation for the return to school in March 2021, the PSHE lead implemented Wellbeing Wednesdays throughout our school which allowed us to highlight the importance of the link between physical and mental wellbeing.  The whole school now dedicates every Wednesday afternoon to our PSHE/RSE lessons, and other mindful, health and wellbeing lessons such as P.E and art.  The PSHE/RSE lesson across the whole school follows a focused structure that promotes health and wellbeing. This structure and its aims are:

Movement: Sensory breaks and physical activity to encourage movement

Connect Us: Activities and games to encourage peer interaction and introduce a theme

Stretch and relax: Stretching and yoga activities to create a calm and mindful space

Circle time: Implement Jigsaw lesson at this point. Time to introduce stories, scenarios and discussions to explore a theme further

Feel & believe:  Affirmations for self-esteem, confidence and positivity and massages to promote deep relaxation.

What does the future look like?

The future for Physical Education is looking bright.  We will continue to deliver the Physical Education units through Spring and Summer 2021 as we would any other year.  We will continue to adapt and embed the Progressive School Curriculum alongside our own curriculum map in order to create a flexible framework for our school to ensure a robust, progressive curriculum whilst fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum.

I have liaised already with School Improvement Liverpool regarding starting our Swimming sessions in September 2021.  We will continue to work with LSSP and are considering renewing our contract with Progressive Sports.

We have altered our Physical Education budget outline, and will be using money we have saved from not renewing memberships, to modify and extend our football cage offering wider opportunities for inter and intra competitions, and using the area to invite schools from our local community to share our resources.

We have already booked in training for the PALS program to re-start in September 2021, training a different group of Y5/6 children to become lunchtime play leaders.

As lockdown restrictions ease, we are looking forward to providing opportunities for children to take part in competitions outside of school, and invite visitors to school who can enhance children’s learning as well as offering wider experiences through varied sporting events.

 

Mrs Nicola Bland

Physical Education Subject Leader

April 2021.

 

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