At Harwood Park, we believe that the P. E. curriculum must deliver high quality enjoyable lessons using a whole school approach that inspire all pupils to be physically active. All of our pupils should have the knowledge, skills and understanding to compete and adapt to a variety of sporting activities and challenges. As we have a number of pupils who join during the academic year we provide a spiral curriculum, which offers repetition of skills and knowledge, ensuring that all children access the core content of the curriculum. We also believe that sport provides an environment for pupils to develop both their independent learning skills and how to work cooperatively as part of a team. Furthermore, it is essential that our pupils are given the opportunity to compete in sport and other activities which build their character, resilience and embed our school values of respect, perseverance, cooperation and kindness. Pupils will also develop an awareness of safety in the context of physical activity. For example, safe preparation of equipment, personal hygiene, being ready to learn and the safety of themselves and others.
Our ambition at Harwood Park is to instill a love and enjoyment for physical activity which will continue through adult life. This will promote the knowledge and understanding required to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. It is our intention that every pupil at Harwood Park is able to find an aspect of physical activity that they enjoy and wish to develop into adulthood.
Children in Nursery and Reception follow the EYFS curriculum for Physical Development as set out in Development Matters and focus on developing and refining a range of gross and fine motor skills. Children in Reception to Year 6 follow the PE Passport scheme. In Reception and KS1 our pupils will develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and they will access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They will engage in competitive and cooperative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. In KS2 our pupils will continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will have the opportunity to communicate, collaborate and compete with each other. Pupils will also develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports, whilst learning how to evaluate and recognise success.