Hartsfield aims to inspire all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport. Through good physical education, whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best. We listen to our children’s wants and needs and provide them with a range of active experiences and clubs. We want to aid our children in obtaining the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as modestly celebrating their own successes.
We aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all children to have the skills and mindset to leave primary school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school and beyond. We strive to educate both our children and families to develop a greater understanding on how to live healthy, active lifestyles and make healthy choices. We are dedicated to ensuring healthy minds, as well as bodies and will continue to support our children's well-being. We have strong links with local clubs and partnerships within our community to ensure the children and families receive the support and knowledge they need.
We use the Sport Premium Funding to support the implementation of the PE curriculum at Hartsfield. For further information, the action plan for this can be found on the Hartsfield website.
Hartsfield PE lessons are predominately planned using the Get Set 4 PE platform, which aligns with our core values, our whole child approach to PE and the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum, as well as the Early Learning Goals. Get Set 4 PE is planned so that progression is built into the scheme which ensures our children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school.
The PE subject leaders work alongside teaching colleagues in each year group to create a broad and balanced curriculum that is exciting and challenging for our children. Detailed plans are used to ensure progression of National Curriculum objectives and key skills across the school.
We aim to engage all pupils in PE and in developing a healthy active lifestyle. We employ a PE TA to support with this. Children with SEND and additional needs are supported through the use of TAs and differentiated equipment is provided where necessary.
Pupils are assessed regularly using the Hartsfield PE assessment guidance. This data is shared between year groups and relevant learning objectives are mapped out to ensure coverage and that all pupils are challenged.
We firmly believe that all pupils should have access to a range of extra-curricular opportunities. Staff run clubs at lunchtimes and after school each term for pupils and we work closely with groups from the wider community to provide additional clubs and experiences for our pupils. Pupils who are identified as less active are encouraged to join specific or targeted clubs.
Regular intra-school competitions are completed throughout the school to provide all children access to competitive sporting events, including during our annual sports week in the Summer Term.
Hartsfield work in conjunction with the North Herts School Sports Partnership and the LDSSA (Letchworth and District School Sports Association) to provide competitive and participation opportunities to pupils. Hartsfield pupils attend a wide range of events, including some which are aimed at encouraging less active, PPG and/or SEN pupils to have more opportunities to be active and try new sports. Whilst most clubs are open to all pupils, PPG and sports premium funds can be used to give PPG pupils access to some clubs and swimming.
Healthy active lifestyle
A large part of our curriculum focuses on supporting children to live a healthy active lifestyle and develop positive mental wellbeing. We have strong cross-curricular links with PSHE and Science.
We have ‘daily active’ sessions throughout the school day which provide children with additional opportunities to get moving (such as through completing the Daily Mile). We teach children that exercise is one part of living a healthy active lifestyle and give them as many opportunities as possible to complete their daily 60 minutes of activity. This includes through additional active provision at lunch and the use of our play pals scheme.
The Hartsfield PE curriculum is continually monitored, adapted and informed by formal and informal observations of lessons and clubs. Our sports council provides pupils with the opportunity to have their opinions included and staff voice is used to inform CPD needs to ensure the teaching of our curriculum is strong.