We aim to provide an inclusive P.E. curriculum at The Brent that children not only enjoy but also stimulates them to lead a healthy, active lifestyle through a range of activities that help to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing.
We encourage children to learn new sports and take part in a range of competitive sports. We believe that participation in sporting activity is a key element of developing a school in which pupils are proud of the community in which they belong. Therefore, great emphasis is placed upon additional sporting opportunities beyond the lesson within after-school clubs, inter-house and inter-school competition as well as directly trying to support the local clubs.
Through Physical Education we aim to develop the children's knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing confidence and independence in a range of physical activities. We aim to improve health and well-being, promote active participation and lifelong learning, and for each child to maximise their potential.
Using their Growth Mindset children take responsibility for their own development and learning by setting personal targets. Developing their understanding of how to improve, evaluate and recognise their own success. They learn to take risks and develop teamwork and resilience when participating in competitions.
At The Brent we use The P.E. Hub to assist teaching; which provides key vocabulary and resources for teachers. We also use outside, specialist providers where applicable to assist in team teaching and to contribute to continuing professional development. We use a specialist swimming teacher who is responsible for planning, developing and tracking progress in swimming. The aim is that the children leave The Brent able to self-rescue and swim competently and confidently over a distance of 25m.
In terms of the structure of the overview, each year group has 12 units throughout the year (6 indoor and 6 outdoor) of a variety of sports. These sports have been specifically selected to cover a range of skills. These units run as a 2 year cycle. This will allow children to build on skills that they have begun to develop from the previous year. Swimming, Dance and Gymnastics run throughout, starting in Year 1.
The children use the school climbing wall from Year 2 - this allows our children to continue to develop their strength and co-ordination (as identified in the Early Years provision) as well as their Growth Mindsets. Learning to take risks and pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone. In addition to this, Balance Bikes are utilised in EYFS and Key Stage 1 as an aid to develop their core stability, balance and spatial awareness.
Our PE Journey Through The Brent
In EYFS, children will develop a sense of space and negotiate obstacles with consideration for themselves and others. Through play, children will demonstrate strength, balance and co-ordination while moving energetically. They will also develop fine motor skills. All of these will combine in order to throw and catch effectively. Children will begin to develop inter-personal skills through play. This is then continued in Year 1 through child initiated opportunities.
In Year 1 and 2, Children are encouraged to develop social-emotional skills, such as team-work and personal challenge. Children will be introduced to different concepts of several different sports. They will develop skills in running, jumping and throwing, as well as working skills in sending and returning. The concepts of attacking, defending and shooting will be introduced through simple games. Children will begin to look at body control skills in gymnastics; including, turning, twisting, spinning, rocking and rolling.
In Year 3 and 4, children begin to use these skills in more traditional and structured games. We also give children the experience of two years of Outdoor and Adventurous activities, this allows children to connect with our school environment and links to their map work in Geography. Children are given the opportunity to experience competitive sport through regular intra-school competition. Running, jumping and throwing skills are developed in Sportshall athletics. Sending and returning skills are developed through tennis, badminton. Attacking, defending and shooting concepts are applied in simple games of basketball and football. In gymnastics, children will begin to link together movements and begin to explore the concept of taking weight on their hands.
In Year 5 and 6, further to the basketball and football skills in year 3 and 4, children will establish these skills of attacking, defending and shooting through the introduction of three new sports: hockey, handball and netball. Sending and receiving skills are further developed through rounders. Tag rugby is introduced in Year 5 and 6 as children will have developed necessary cognitive skills in order to play successfully. Children will be begin to link together movements into routines with music and use more complex apparatus e.g. the vault.
Below are our curriculum and skills progression in P.E.
- Year 1 and 2 The Brent IGNITE PE Curriculum
- Year 3 and 4 The Brent IGNITE PE Curriculum
- Year 5 and 6 The Brent IGNITE PE Curriculum
School Games Mark
In 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2021/22 The Brent was awarded the School Games Gold Mark for our outstanding participation in sport. We have, once again, retained our Gold Mark as well as receiving recognition for our P.E. provision that we provided online during lockdown. In 2022/23 we are looking to maintain our Gold status and look to achieving our Platinum Award.