Howard Park Community school believes that all children should develop their physical potential regardless of their cultural, academic or physical differences.

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. 

At Howard Park Primary School, we believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is vital and unique in its contribution to a pupil’s physical and emotional development and health. The physical education curriculum aims to provide for pupils’ increasing self- confidence through an ability to manage themselves successfully in a variety of situations. A balance of individual, team, co-operative and competitive activities aims to cater for individual pupil’s needs and abilities.   

The national curriculum for physical education aims 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. 

We aim to give children the opportunities to develop their skills, understanding and knowledge of sports and apply this to competitions both internally and externally. We want our children to participate in a wide range of sporting activities which in turn develops a passion for being active and healthy. Whether participating or spectating, we want our children to always enjoy the spirit of sport and be dignified in the taking part, the winning and the losses.

How Is PE Taught At Howard Park Community School?

PE lessons are taught on a whole class basis. Pupils receive two one hour lessons on a weekly basis. As part of the year 4 curriculum children also receive the opportunity to go swimming.

PE lessons will be delivered using the PE scheme which follows a particular format depending on the age range taught. All lessons need to include the following key components:  

  • Warm Up – Pulse raising activity 
  • Exploratory / progressive skills development activity 
  • Using and applying those skills 
  • Plenary / Cool down / Self Assessment Sheets 

The importance of a warm up / cool down will be explained to the children. Skills development activities will be differentiated by task and outcome as appropriate to the child’s level. Using and applying will enable the children to use their skills in a different context. Children will have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in groups.  

If you would like further information about our PE curriculum, please see the links below.