At Tollgate, the Physical Education curriculum intention is to enthuse and inspire pupils to participate fully and develop a foundation for lifelong health and wellbeing. Our bespoke Physical Education curriculum develops our children’s physical competence and confidence, leading to participation in sports and activities throughout childhood and beyond. High quality PE is taught systematically, whereby children make progress through repetition and rehearsal of key skills and knowledge; building on these and eventually leading to automaticity. Our bespoke curriculum has carefully been designed to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident within all areas including dance, gymnastics, athletics, games, swimming and outdoor adventurous activities through a broad and balanced curriculum. Not only are the skills learnt applicable to a variety of physical activities, we believe that wider learning within social, affective and cognitive domains can also make a major contribution to the lives of all children.
The aim of Physical Education at Tollgate is to develop physical competence systematically so that children are able to move efficiently, effectively and safely while understanding skills embedded (developing physical literacy). Children leave Tollgate equipped with the ability to acquire and develop fundamental skills; build on prior knowledge; select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas to different contexts with automatic; evaluate and improve performance and have an understanding of fitness, health and well-being.
Where possible, our curriculum has been carefully written to incorporate cross-curricular links, allowing children to know and remember more. Our dance and gymnastics lessons are directly linked to the History/ Geography curriculums, in addition to links in Science (living things/ anatomy of the human body) and PSHE (healthy living and social development).
At Tollgate Primary School, we believe in the importance of competitive sport. In recognition of this, we look to enter as many local and national competitions as we are able to. In the past year, teams have represented the school in the following sports and activities: football, basketball, cricket, table tennis and athletics. We ensure that all children are presented with an additional range of opportunities to compete by representing our school within the School Sports Partnership, Boleyn Trust and nationally. Within such events, children develop SMSC values including respect, fair play, resilience, team work and an appreciation for international differences in physical activities. Year 5 children are given the opportunity to take on leadership roles within PE which will allow them to develop these attitudes within a meaningful environment.
At Tollgate, we recognise the exceptional sporting talent of some of our pupils. Sports Day provides children from Reception to Year 6 to partake competitively in a variety of athletics events including: sprinting, hurdles, long jump, high jump, javelin and relay. Parents are invited to see their children participate in individual and team events on the day.