The PE curriculum and related activities are highly valued at Barrs Court. We were the first school in South Gloucestershire to achieve the Gold Gamesmark for PE provision in 2013 and subsequently the first school in South Gloucestershire to achieve the Platinum Gamesmark in 2017, an award we continue to hold.
All children take part in varied and skill-driven lessons and know where they are in their learning and what comes next due to our use of the “Real PE” scheme of work. We take part in a wide range of sports at both intra-school and inter-school level with some of our teams being successful in county-wide competitions. Whilst we regularly take part in the more traditional sports of Football, Netball and Tag Rugby, we also pride ourselves in being active participants in diverse sports such as Kabaddi, Winter Olympics (without snow or ice) and Equestrianism (without horses) to name but a few.
Every member of the Barrs Court team recognises the importance of being active and how this helps support our physical and mental wellbeing. Being active does not stop in our PE lessons and we are always looking for ways to include physical activities in all subjects across the curriculum.
Key stages 1 and 2 National Curriculum in England
Purpose of study: A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
Aims: The National Curriculum for Physical Education aims to ensure that all pupils:
Attainment targets: By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Physical Education Programmes of Study:
EYFS Early Learning Goal – Physical Development
Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. They manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.
Progression of skills
The progression of skills are given to each area of the school on a Real PE document (which we are unable to display online). We use this progression of skills to assess the children in their learning in 12 different fundamental movement skills (FUNs stations). The children are introduced to this progression by a colour-coded scale to help them understand where they are in their learning. The progression of these skills allows for instant differentiation and for children to work at an appropriate challenge level.
Colour coded levels and expectations