Physical Education is a vital part of school life and ultimately children’s future well-being. It is therefore our intent to provide an inclusive, broad and balanced PE curriculum that ensures all children will benefit, whether through enhancing existing skills, learning new skills or being introduced to new sports, clubs, teams and organisations. It is our aim to equip children with the determination and aspiration to make their own choices regardless of individual barriers.
It is our intent to ensure children understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and to equip them with the tools to do so through health and well-being education. Children must understand how to take care of themselves both physically and mentally in order to be successful as adults.
We fully adhere to the aims of the national curriculum for physical education to ensure that all pupils:
• develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
• are physically active for sustained periods of time
• engage in competitive sports and activities
• lead healthy, active lives
Children at The Brow take part in a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities from the five key areas: gymnastics, dance, athletics, games and OAA (outdoor and adventurous activity). All children will receive high quality PE lessons, which are mapped out in broad and balanced blocks using PE Passport (PE scheme of work). In addition to lessons with class teachers, children in years 2 to 6 also attend swimming lessons at Brookvale Leisure Centre and have the opportunity to take part in annual residential visits to Outdoor and Adventurous Activity Centres.
Children will have opportunities to participate in a wealth of competitions through inter-house competitions within the school, inter-school competition through School Games and the Halton Sports Competition Calendar. It is important to us that we develop children's health and fitness through the PE curriculum that we offer. We also use the government's 'Change4Life' programme to support this and we have developed our 'Healthy Eating and Drinking' policy.
We aim to be active learners in all aspects of the curriculum - for example, we take part in the Daily Mile, Teach Active and outdoor learning across the curriculum. This year we have been selected to take part in ‘WOW The Year Round Walk to School Challenge’.
The children complete each key stage with a high proficiency in each aspect of PE. Children are aware of the link between physical activity and good mental health and understand it’s significance as part of a healthy lifestyle. The Brow achieves well in a number of sporting activities and achieved the School Games Silver Award in 2018-19 (award not available in 2019/20) in recognition of its PE provision and children’s access to competitive sports. Most recently, our determination and commitment to physical activity has enabled us to achieve third place across Merseyside in the ‘WOW Walk of Fame’ competition. Children at The Brow enjoy travelling to school sustainably and understand the importance of physical activity for improving their well-being. At The Brow we use summative assessment to determine children’s understanding and inform teachers planning. Each part of the PE curriculum is reviewed on a termly basis by the subject leader.