At Diamond Wood Community Academy, our main focus for the year in terms of our P.E curriculum is to review current content and coverage, ensuring progression of knowledge and skills throughout school, from Nursery to Year Two. We also aim to ensure that all children are increasing their level of participation in physical activity by embedding physical activity across the curriculum.
All staff at Diamond Wood will be continuously developing their subject knowledge and deepen their understanding of the subject area through ongoing CPD opportunities. They will develop their understanding of the vocabulary used within P.E lessons as well as daily physical activity and will deepen their understanding of the progression of skills throughout the early years and key stage 1. They will also become role models of a healthy, active lifestyle.
Over the year we will be auditing and reviewing the resources available in school to support teaching and learning with the aim of ensuring new, high-quality resources are available to enhance the delivery of our curriculum. Staff will also work closely with specialist sports coaches to improve their own teaching of the subject.
We have identified the gaps created in children’s participation in physical activity and the impact on their health due to COVID-19 school closures. The curriculum this year aims to ensure children increase their level of participation in physical activity as well as develop their understanding for the need and ways in which they can be fit and healthy.
Children are being encouraged to take part in regular intervals of physical activity in addition to their P.E Lessons and are also being encouraged to be active in other ways.
In order to ensure that children truly develop a love and commitment to keeping themselves fit and healthy, we will be teaching pupils the importance of physical activity in their daily lives as well as encouraging families to get involved by choosing active travel for their journey to school. Each year group will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities throughout the year.
We are working with Living Streets to track the way our children travel to school.
Active travel includes walking, cycling, scooter or park and stride. Each pupil who completes one active travel a week throughout the month will earn a badge. If you live further away from school and need to drive, park your car a short distance and walk the rest of the journey. This will still count as an active travel and your child can still earn their badge.
PE Vision & Intent
“We will provide children with the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and a lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.”
At Diamond Wood Community Academy physical activity is highly regarded and embedded into our curriculum. We understand the need for all children to leave our school physically literate, with the foundations of a healthy, active lifestyle. We stand by our strap line of ‘promoting fit and active learners, to fuel a happy, healthy lifestyle’. During their time at Diamond Wood Community Academy, we want to inspire and help our children develop a love of physical activity and sport. On this path we hope they are able to learn and progress in the fundamental skills that underpin physical activity and sport. Developing these skills will prepare our children for their future physical development and offer new opportunities throughout their future school years and into their adult lives.
At Diamond Wood Community Academy we strongly believe that Physical Education is much more than just physical development for children and ensure focus is made in regards to whole child objectives. We believe that throughout P.E lessons and physical activities there is opportunity for social and emotional development in addition to physical development. This is why we have designed our Physical Education curriculum around holistic development.
Our school serves a community where 98% of children have English as an additional language. We have high regards for language rich learning and embed vocabulary into all lessons, including physical education. We believe it is important for children to be able to express themselves and develop a deeper understanding. This is mapped out through our language progression maps for physical education so that all teachers are able to embed this into their lessons.
Here at Diamond Wood Community Academy, we follow the Get Set 4 PE scheme which shares our intent of holistic development of the child through physical education. This shared standard for good physical education, whole school values and a whole child approach supports our aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best. We also work closely with physical education specialists to ensure our staff are confident and knowledgeable role models. We also believe in providing a range of high-quality opportunities and first hand experiences of sports and activities for our children supported by these specialists.