Why do we learn physical education?
Ark Oval is in an area of East Croydon with a high prevalence of childhood obesity, low sports participation and poor access to constructive outlets for children’s energies and talents. Physical and mental health wellbeing and approaches are a key part of the academies approach to delivering the best possible education. All children should leave the academy with a good understanding of how to keep themselves healthy and fit, able to work to SMART goals, compete healthily and with a strong understanding of their physiology and psychology in order to keep themselves healthy in all facets of their life.
Physical education is an essential element of these approaches and will be taken seriously by all staff – staff will be expected to model and participate in lessons – sports attire must be worn
Our approaches to PE are split into four sections:
- KNOWLEDGE – our PE lessons are not extensions of break and play time, these are objective driven and must reference core knowledge from the knowledge organizer in order to be productive. The lessons must feature a taught skill and an opportunity for peer to peer/staff critique and development. They must contain a section where the teacher is able to assess if this knowledge has been appropriately absorbed.
- SKILLS – the children will need opportunities to learn and develop specific skills – these are BOTH domain specific and non-domain specific.
- EXPERIENCES – The children in the locality have very limited experience of physical education, they need to be exposed to a wide range of experiences. They will need the broadest range possible of sports and need strong support in making healthy choices.
- HOLISTIC – Our children suffer with a wide range of physical and emotional/mental challenges we need to model and structure appropriate emotional responses the PE lessons must contain an element of appropriate competitiveness where we teach all children to be able to win and lose without fear and that effort trumps attainment. We need to model and teach resilience to the children relentlessly.
The children should receive two PE lessons a week – at least one should be delivered by the class teacher – 1 lesson needs to be sport specific in preparation for the half termly house sports competition and the other focused on the knowledge organiser and the progression of knowledge and learning as laid out in the schema.