At Heathland, we believe in the importance of a high-quality physical education and learning about a healthy lifestyle. Each child from Reception to Year 6 receives two hours of physical education a week, made up on a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities. At Heathland, we teach children to take responsibility for their health through developing awareness of creating healthy habits and hobbies.
We believe in the importance of:
- Ensuring all pupils experience a wide and diverse range of physical education through a well-planned taught curriculum.
- Promoting the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle and highlighting the benefits of physical activity on both the body and the mind.
- Developing pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural experiences through a variety of sporting activities and competitive experiences.
- Establishing community links with various sporting agencies, allowing pupils to further participate in sport.
- Enabling pupils to build their team building skills and learn good sportsmanship.
- Providing extra-curricular opportunities for pupils to pursue their interests in sport and physical activity, enabling them to take part in competitive sport.
- Providing pupils with high quality and safe equipment to aid their learning.
Children are able to take part in Harrow School Sports Partnership run local competitions and attend annual sports festivals in the local area. There is also an annual Sports Day for all children which takes place during Summer term. During the school day, children stay active in the classroom through the use of `movement breaks` and also have various play equipment for encourage active playtimes, including the apparatus, climbing wall and well-stocked playground chests.
In Year 5, children receive weekly swimming lessons taught by specialist coaches throughout the school term.
In line with National Curriculum requirements we assess pupils on their ability to:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
- Use a range of strokes effectively.
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Year 6 pupils continue to receive swimming lessons following their lessons in Year 5 until they have achieved the required standard.
Teachers use the PE Passport to record children’s assessments within PE. Teachers grade children bronze, silver or gold for each different skill in reference to the National Curriculum. They are then able to plan interventions, skills sessions and lessons to fill any gaps in line with our next steps approach. This allows teachers to track the progression of skills.
Teachers are able to refer to the physical education progression of skills document (Nursery to Year 6) and use EYFS Early Learning Goals when making judgements. This document breaks down the National Curriculum objective statements and supports teachers when assessing pupil progress. We monitor and assess children’s learning throughout each PE lesson. All assessment data is used to inform future curriculum planning, outlining how support/challenge can be provided to meet the needs of our pupils.
Throughout PE lessons children are actively involved in their target making and progress, teachers provide ‘in-the-moment’ feedback and support. At Heathland Primary School we strive to include all children of differing abilities in Physical Education and provision is made for SEND children in the school.
In 2021-22, we have partnered with a company called Fit4Fun, who have organised a qualified coach to support us both in our delivery of our PE curriculum, and our club offer before and after school. By focusing on a sport each half-term, the coach is building squads of children for Harrow competitions, whilst delivering engaging and exciting lessons alongside the class teacher. Children in Key Stage 2 are part of the lessons outdoors, whilst the children in Key Stage One begin working with the coach during clubs and interventions.