PE – Curriculum information

Physical Development at Ganton School covers a variety of skills, knowledge and attitudes that help children to lead happy and healthy lives, as well as team and individual sports.

Indoor and outdoor activities include working as a team, as well as outwitting opponents, winning competitions and learning to be good losers. Pupils and students learn about their changing bodies and the importance of nutrition and rest, helping them make informed choices and lead healthy, balanced lifestyles.

Through team and individual sports, games and enjoyable physical activities, they learn to increase body control, coordination and dexterity. They also learn to reflect on and evaluate their own performance, and see the links between how their bodies work and healthy lifestyles. Ganton pupils and students learn about their responsibilities both as individuals and members of groups, and about what is right and wrong. They learn to compete fairly and to cooperate as individuals and in groups and teams, understanding their own and others’ roles.

PE at Ganton includes a wide range of activities to ensure that all pupils benefit from the experience. Our pupils enjoy expressing and testing themselves in a variety of situations. Pupils learn through watching, listening, experimenting and developing their skills in movement and co-ordination.

The pupils develop their understanding, learn and participate in a variety of activities e.g. Games, Dance, Gymnastics, Athletics, Outdoor & Adventure, swimming etc. PE at Ganton is challenging but realistic to ensure that all students succeed and enjoy PE. The school participates in the local School Games Offer which promotes inclusive sports and PE through competition.

We work together with others to lead projects and activities that support PE. We also have the opportunity to attend a variety of courses which support the teachers, specialist and non-specialists, in developing their own knowledge and confidence in delivery of PE.

Through the high quality teaching of P.E. we aim to foster:

  • An enjoyment of PE.
  • The development of self-awareness and appreciation of oneself.
  • Self-help skills and the promotion of good use of leisure time.
  • An awareness of space, the development of gross motor skills and whole body management.
  • The promotion of language and communication alongside creativity, initiative and expression.
  • The development of specific sports skills both as an individual and as part of a team.
  • The promotion of a range of physical activities in out of school hours learning time.
  • Fair play, sharing and the ability to deal with disappointment and success.

PE curriculum for the Sensory Explorer

Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives7. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness through crawling and play movement with both objects and adults. By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults can support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination. Repeated and varied opportunities to explore and play, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence

PE curriculum for those who are preparing for independence

For those who are preparing for independence PE will focus on control and understanding of what their bodies can do. There will be a focus on pupils developing a range of skills that can be applied during lessons and sporting events that may take place outside of class. There will be an increased exposure to a range of movement that includes the need for control, such as balancing, twisting turning, climbing, jumping, throwing and striking. Pupils will be encouraged to see that being active is something they should aspire to do for it’s own sake and have some understanding that this should happen daily. Opportunities to take part in games that involve others will be structured and the focus will be on how to move safely but with some intent.

PE curriculum for those who are able to plan for independence

For those who are planning for independence high-quality PE will aim to inspire pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. Lessons will provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. There will be a focus on pupils refining and honing skills with a view to using them in competition increasing their opportunities to compete in sport and other activities that will aid in building character and will embed values such as fairness and respect

Further information:

‘Pupils, including disadvantaged pupils, are making strong progress from their varied starting points in reading, writing and mathematics.’…

OFSTED comments

‘Pupils run the school shop and staff cafeteria, enabling them to use their literacy and numeracy skills in a practical setting.’…

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‘Pupil Premium is targeted to improving pupils’ communication skills through investment in specialist equipment and software.’…

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‘Pupils say that they enjoy their lessons and take great pride in their work.’…

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‘The school council is
especially active and members are particularly proud of the role they played in improving school meals..’…

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‘Pupils spoke
enthusiastically about learning outside of school and their visits to local museums, the Humber Bridge, local cafes and to the cinema.’…

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‘Pupils respect each other, display good manners and work together successfully.’…

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‘Leaders have carried out a detailed review of the curriculum pathways for pupils.’…

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‘Leaders use the pupil premium funding effectively.’…

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‘Staff use signing, symbols, photographs and objects of reference to communicate effectively with those pupils who need additional support to ensure that they are fully engaged in their learning.’…

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‘Pupils rise to the challenges that you set, and their learning is rarely disrupted.’…

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‘Pupils take part in local and
regional accessible sporting activities.’…

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‘Pupils take part in a strong work experience and work-related learning programme.’…

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‘Leaders have continued to develop the school’s curriculum since the last inspection.’…

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‘Leaders have introduced a new approach to assessment. This enables leaders to check pupils’ progress from their starting points more effectively.’…

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‘Based on the evidence gathered during this short inspection, I am of the opinion that the school continues to go from strength to strength.’…

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‘There is a strong emphasis on personalisation of the curriculum, the development of pupils’ communication skills, independence skills and preparation for life after school.’…

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‘The curriculum offers a wealth of enrichment activities which are highly valued by
pupils and parents and carers.’…

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