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At Brookfield we believe that physical education is a key component of children’s overall education and development. It enables children to improve their core motor skills as well as developing self esteem, social inclusion, teamwork and fitness. This is particularly important at Brookfield where, as an inclusive school, we have a high number of children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.
We are fortunate to have a full time PE teacher who teaches the majority of lessons at Brookfield; however, we also want to empower our teachers to feel confident in delivering high quality lessons. Because of this, we are part of ‘Complete PE’: an interactive resource, designed to support the implementation of high quality Physical Education. This resource gives video instruction and detailed plans, which teachers can then use and adapt to teach lessons.
Please see below our Sports premium expenditure for 2022-23
Lessons start with a thorough warm up led by teachers and children. Children enjoy taking responsibility for leading the warm ups and these opportunities help to develop the children’s leadership and management skills. During lessons, all children are encouraged to develop or improve a specific skill and are also given responsibility to coach and support each other. Children are monitored and supported closely and provided with constructive feed back. At the end of each lesson the children are assessed on the key skills that they have learnt.
In line with the National Curriculum, the children access a wide range of Pe skills through their time at Brookfield:
Key stage 1:
In KS1, pupils develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Pupils are taught to: master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending and perform dances using simple movement patterns.
In Key Stage 2:
Pupils build on the skills learnt in KS1. They continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They learn to communicate, collaborate and work together as a team. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Pupils are taught to: use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination play competitive games, modified where appropriate. At Brookfield, we theme our ball games around seasons:
Autumn term = netball/ basketball/ football, hockey
Spring term = gymnastics/ dance and benchball
Summer term = cricket/ rounders and athletics
In addition to this, we work alongside ‘dance organisations’ to give children the chance to practise a range of movement and patterns with specialist teachers.
At Brookfield, children learn to swim in Year 4 where they are given a block unit over the course of 2 weeks to attend our local swimming pool. In addition to this, top up lessons are given in year 5 and 6 to any child unable to swim 25 meters. We also use our local Lido to give additional pool time during the Summer from years 3-6.
All children are encouraged to represent the school in PE at Brookfield and undertake a fair selection process. Whilst we are ambitious to achieve well – as evidenced by our burgeoning trophy cabinet – we also recognise that it is important to be inclusive. With this in mind, the school has taken a lead in organised a range of different intra-school competitions as well as participating in inclusive events organising by the Camden Schools Sports Association.
At Brookfield we are part of the Camden School’s Sports Association, which is an association set up to provide sporting links for children in Camden primary schools. We feel that the association has given children a unique opportunity. They are able to compete against other athletes, in a fun yet competitive environment, as well as forge many new friendships between schools and individual children.
Through the high quality lessons developed by ‘Complete PE’ and adapted by our PE Lead, we are confident that all children will leave Brookfield with a positive mind-set, where they are able to work well both independently and as part of a team; understand, not just benefits on their physical health but also on their mental health and emotional regulation. We wan t to ensure that children are given multiple opportunities to compete in sport and activities to build their character and underpin our school values : kindness, responsibility and achievement.