Physical Education at Willowcroft
It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles. We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. We want our pupils to appreciate the benefits of a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Through our teaching of PE, we will provide opportunities for pupils to develop values and transferrable life skills such as fairness and respect as well as providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive sport.
Our intent for PE at Willowcroft are that children:
Staff at Willowcroft are looking to raise pupil’s achievement in sport, as well as promoting their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through well led, planned and assessed lessons. We aim to teach the whole child and endeavour to make connections, give them confidence, build their character, inspire their creativity, make them caring and compassionate and of course, competent when taking part in PE. We aim to offer an exciting, challenging and well structured environment in which they can discover all that is good about sport. The staff at Willowcroft believe that they offer a plethora of opportunities for pupils to take part in a range of sporting events or activities that promote the sporting abilities of our children, regardless of their age or stage of development.
The teaching at Willowcroft is helping to develop the children’s core movement, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and co-ordination, individually and with others. They are engaging in competitive and co-operative physical activity in a range of challenging situations. We encourage the children to evaluate and recognise their own success and understand how to succeed in different activities.
Willowcroft staff are helping our children to communicate, collaborate and compete with and against each other to be the best that they can be.
Physical Education is not just participating in physical activity. Speaking and listening, discussion and debate are core skills that need to be developed in order to understand the “how” and “why” of what the children are learning in order to further their skills. Sport and competition evoke strong feelings on and off the sports field. The children are taught how to control these feelings in order to be a fair, supportive and empathetic sports person. The language the children learn will evolve and progress as they build on their knowledge each year.
The children will have a range of experiences during their time at Willowcroft. They take part in various inter house competitions such as Sports Day and by Year 6 they will all have performed on a big stage either at the New Theatre in Oxford or the Cornerstone in Didcot. All children, regardless of ability will have the opportunity to take part in indoor athletics competitions and visit other schools to take part in various festivals and competitions which are both competitive and non-competitive. We also take part in many competitions and sports events organised by the academy. Working with many different sporting organisations we ensure a range of sporting opportunities including learning archery in Year 6.
Physical Education and Amethyst learning go hand in hand on and off the playing field. Resilience, resourcefulness, reflectiveness and reciprocity are key skills that are needed to be supportive sports men and women. The children will learn to build up their resilience in competitive play, reflect on their learning and be kind to others even when things are not going their way.
Power to change the world
Through the study of Physical Education, the children will learn how different people, regardless of their background, age, race, religion or gender have influenced and impacted sport. The children will learn about and study historic sporting events, current World Cups and Olympics and future events from around the world.
The children all have their own PE Journal where they can track what they are doing, what they are aiming towards and what they have completed. The children have time to complete this each term and use it to practice skills they have not yet completed. The teachers will track progress and will use end of term assessments to pull together the skills the children have learnt. Target Tracker will be used to record children’s progress and achievement.