At Nether Green Junior School, we aim to provide our children with a rich, diverse and quality PE curriculum which best meets the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Our curriculum’s overarching aim is for all of our children to achieve physical literacy. To do this, each year group has specific targets that help our children develop and progress the fundamental skills involving their head, heart and hands.
As a result of the COVID pandemic, Arches (our school sports partner), recorded a staggering impact on children’s physical wellbeing amongst their cluster schools.
- 30% of schools social interaction is worse or a lot worse
- 63% of schools said resilience is worse or a lot worse
- 86% of schools said that pupils have put on excessive body weight
- 92% of schools said that fundamental movement skills of pupils were worse or a lot worse
- 92% of schools said pupil’s physical fitness is worse or a lot worse
- 57% of schools said that pupil’s general wellbeing is worse or a lot worse
To counter some of these statements and support our children’s recovery following the pandemic, we have redesigned our PE curriculum for the 2022-23 academic year. This curriculum matches with the current thinking amongst the PhysEd community that a school’s PE curriculum should be:
- Clear, coherent and progressive
- Flexible and creative
- Focus on fundamental skill development
- Emphasis on social and emotional wellbeing
Why have we designed our curriculum this way?
- Clear, Coherent and Progressive
This allows us to build on the foundations from previous years and to progress the children’s skill development across their journey from Y3 to Y6.
Y3/Y4 Progression - Basketball, Hockey, Wall Ball, Handball, Ultimate Frisbee, Four Square, Benchball and Skipping
Y5/Y6 Progression - Netball, Tchoukball, Flag Football, Volleyball, Tag Rugby, Dodgeball, Badminton and Golf
Whole School Progression - Football, Dance, Gymnasatics, Athletics, Cross-Country, Orienteering
- Flexible and Creative
We have 28 sports on our new PE curriculum, which is 10 more than our previous curriculum. This gives our children the opportunity to participate in a whole variety of sports and activities, increasing the chance for a ‘hook’ and subsequent pathway to clubs in the local area/city. We will also look to update our curriculum with new, up and coming or topical sports each year, to ensure our children are receiving a rich and diverse PE experience during their time at NGJS.
- Focus on Fundamental Skill Development
Our curriculum aims to harmonise the RealPE and Games lessons across the half term. This means that the children will be practicing, linking and applying the same fundamental skill in different contexts, giving them a better opportunity to achieve competency and success.
- Emphasis on Social and Emotional Wellbeing
Every PE lesson at NGJS has a clear social and/or emotional focus. This gives our children the opportunity to practice these important skills regularly, supporting physical literacy and their life long development.