At Fairfield Road Primary School one of our aims is to ensure that all of our children access two hours of high-quality teaching and learning each week. Historically, this has been delivered only by a PE specialist so teaching staff have not been delivering PE lessons themselves, therefore, they have not been up-skilled and have lacked confidence to deliver PE. I was first introduced to Get Set 4 PE during a PE coordinators meeting from a neighbouring primary school that had been using the programme to great effect. After getting some of our staff to trial the free lessons, we unanimously approved for it to be rolled out across the school. The benefit on both the staff and children has been clear from the outset. Get Set 4 PE has been an outstanding addition to our PE delivery.
The aim of introducing this programme into school was to enable teachers to be confident in their delivery of PE, upskill teaching staff and ensure that our children were accessing two hours of high quality PE each week. To do this we had to change the attitude that our teachers had towards PE and make it more manageable for them to deliver. We knew that staff lacked confidence in this area and we wanted to support and adequately equip them with the skills to deliver high quality lessons by providing them with a tool that was simple and easy to use.
After listening to one of our local schools discuss their use of Get Set 4 PE, I did some research and became further convinced this was the resource best suited to our school. There were many reasons for this; however, budget, content and ease of use were important factors to my decision.
The variety in activity areas for all EYFS, KS1 and KS2 was attractive. The fact that all lessons were accompanied by the relevant resources (e.g. videos for gymnastics or the music for dance) meant that our staff could never lose a resource. We found the lesson plans to be extremely easy to use with really exciting activities for the pupils, as well as including all teaching points and ideas for differentiation. We also found the illustrations very helpful.
Our teachers have changed their approach to PE because of this platform. From our more experienced teachers who have loved getting new and fresh ideas, to our least confident teachers who now feel they have an improved knowledge and understanding of PE, it has had a positive impact on us all.
As a result, our pupils are engaged in their PE lessons, they are given opportunities to experience activities that otherwise would have been left off our curriculum. We are confident that our pupils are accessing a progressive curriculum in which they can develop their skills at an age appropriate rate.
The resources are interactive and easy to use so have massively reduced the amount of time our teachers used to spend researching a topic. This has allowed our team to focus on what matters most, the development of our children.
By ensuring the same content was taught across the phases, our teachers have been able to share best practice, guidance and support to further increase confidence in their delivery.
PE has always been a curriculum area that the majority of our pupils have looked forward to. However, in the time we have used Get Set 4 PE, the quality of what they are doing and learning has developed dramatically. The language they use and the understanding they demonstrate through their actions in lessons, extra-curricular clubs and competition is a clear example of this raise in standards.
The differentiation tasks in the plans have ensured that all of our pupils are included and appropriately challenged in lessons. In applying these tasks in our lessons, we have been able to shift the attitude of some of our pupils who have previously felt disengaged with PE.