Being an Athlete
Lead Athletes: Mr O'Sullivan and Miss Fleming
Physical Education is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. At Queen’s Crescent, we have a high-quality physical education curriculum which inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We create an environment where sport and PE is fun, engaging and inclusive to allow all children to find a skill or sport that they succeed in. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. We provide opportunities to compete in sport and other activities to build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
In 2013 the government pledged millions of pounds to schools known as the Sports Premium to spend on raising the profile of PE and to continue the legacy of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Since then, Queen's Crescent has been given around £9500 each year but from September 2017 that amount was doubled resulting in around £19,000 to focus on school PE and sports.
How do we teach PE and why has this approach been chosen?
Each class has two hours of high quality PE each week. One of the sessions follows a scheme of work from Create Development called Real PE. The second session is supported by Get Set 4 PE. Both of these offer a child centred approach to PE that transforms how we teach to include challenge and support for every child.
Our main focuses are on:
What our athlete sessions look like:
These usually include a game or task linked to the learning outcomes of the session.
Children are then given time to learn, practise and develop a new skill in a given area of PE and sport.
The children have time to apply this new skill within a game or activity.
Use a review method such as a ‘badge of honour’, ‘comfort, stretch, panic etc to review the learning from the session.
Each class has 2 PE medals that are awarded by their adult in every session. These can be worn with pride until they are handed on to someone new in the next athlete session.
Due to the restrictions imposed by covid over the last 2 academic years, in 2021/22 we will be sending years 4 and 5 for swimming lessons at the Olympiad Leisure Centre as these are the children who have missed out. Time permitting, we plan to send Year 3 but this is very dependent on availability.
After SATs each year, we look at past swimming data and offer 'top-up' sessions for those children in Year 6 who cannot swim 25m unaided.
In the academic year 2020/21, we collaborated with parents of Year 6 children to find out what percentage of our children had met curriculum targets: 72% of the children could swim 25m confidently with 76% of them being able to use a range of strokes effectively.
PE and sporting opportunities
Support for PE
We work in partnership with Up & Under who provide staff development by working alongside them and children in their PE lessons.
Extra Curricular Activities
After school clubs are provided throughout the week for sport. These are offered by Up & Under as well as school staff and are typically:
Our athletes are monitored by the Athlete lead throughout the year in the form of lesson observations and pupil conferencing. The awarding of the class PE medals can be visibly seen as the children walk around the school prompting positive discussions around sport and pride within the child.
Every child will have a positive experience of school activity and sport.
The lead athlete works closely with the link governor to assess the impact of athlete curriculum each year.