Our PE Intent
At Thomas Harding our curriculum is designed to inspire all children to succeed and excel in PE, sports and physical activity by building on skills already taught at Key Stage 1. The curriculum allows for all pupils to have opportunity to become physically confident, developing self-esteem and self-belief while gaining a deeper understanding of ways to support their health and fitness including their emotional and mental health.
The curriculum is sequenced to allow children to build on skills and apply skills across a range of sports. The children are able to apply and develop a broad range of skills and learn how to apply them in different scenarios and related sports. All children have the opportunity through the sequenced programs to learn how to communicate, collaborate and compete with others. Ensuring all children have access to a range of sports that they may not have access to outside of school, building the cultural capital of all children. Every child having the opportunity to visit different environments for outdoor adventure activities. Every child will attend swimming lessons and be able to swim 25m with steps taken to support those who cannot. Children will develop greater understanding of strategies, tactics and rules for sports through the curriculum, with exploration of transferable skills, knowledge and understanding. They will take on different roles (umpire, coach etc) with the opportunity for sports leadership achieving thinking and decision-making skills.
Through the developing skills all children will grow an understanding of how to improve their performance and how to evaluate and recognise success but also the learning opportunities presented by failure. Developing the growth mindset through sport and PE for all children so that they have the resilience for the wider world by the time they leave Thomas Harding. Built into the curriculum are aspirational role models within sport to raise expectations of all children to have self-belief and self-efficacy.
There are opportunities built into the curriculum for the children to compete in sport and represent the school in line with our ASPIRE values. Activities are included to build and develop character for all children and help embed the values of fair play, respect and equality. Children are encouraged to join local clubs with clear sign-posting to routes into clubs.
The curriculum at Thomas Harding should ensure that all children leave Thomas Harding with a love of PE, sports and physical activity as well as being independent and effective learners. At secondary school they will engage in opportunities, clubs and teams. They will be able to choose GCSE PE, Sports Leadership and have active, healthy lifestyles.