St John’s is a Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary Academy with two-form entry throughout Years R-6. We are oversubscribed with two children applying for every place. Our most recent Ofsted (July 2015) rated us Outstanding in all areas. St. John's serves the primarily Grove Green and Bearsted Park areas, between Bearsted and Maidstone. Currently there are 402 children on role.
Our aim is that all children receive two hours of high-quality P.E teaching a week. We have previously used a coach to work with all staff throughout an academic year. We moved away from this practice since moving to Get Set 4 PE and after staff voice surveys indicated a much stronger confidence delivering the PE curriculum.
I didn’t like our old scheme of work. The plans were not so easy to follow and the sports offered through which to teach the skills were not exciting. I wanted a more rigorous approach to assessment and a way to track certain pupil groups more easily.
I met Get Set 4 PE at the Kent and Medway PE conference and really liked the look of the scheme. The progression of skills looked clear and the online platform for inputting classes and assessment was a big selling point. I have since recommended it to several other PE leads.
Staff regularly comment on how much they enjoy teaching the Get Set 4 PE lesson plans. A Year 2 teacher from my school came to tell me how amazing he thinks the Get Set 4 PE plans are and that in 15 years of teaching, he's never enjoyed teaching P.E as much. He was thanking me for bringing it to our school. Equally, several other teachers have commented on how easy the scheme is to use. The lessons are planned to ensure clear progression is seen throughout, they are easily resourced and fun.
I always talk my class through the SET (social, emotional and thinking) skills and these have been really beneficial to look at when we link them to our PE values which follow the School Games values too.
This year, we have introduced some ‘different’ sports into the UKS2 curriculum. The children have progressed through the golf, volleyball and badminton schemes of work and have thoroughly enjoyed the chance to try new sports they may have never done before and apply skills they would previously have looked at through sports they would already have been familiar with (e.g. tennis). Next year, I will look to add Handball into Year 3/4.
I personally cannot thank you enough for the support and extra resources you provide me as a PE lead. Whenever something is asked of you, you find a way to add it to our PE leads or awesome stuff area, or you email individually as was the case when I asked for Deep Dive info. I have been able to develop lunchtimes further because of your scheme and will re-implement our Play Leaders activities soon too.
You were excellent during the lockdowns, providing numerous CPD opportunities and activities I could send out to my children both physical and mindfulness ones too.
Having only gauged UKS2 feedback so far, I can tell you they love P.E. They have thoroughly enjoyed all their lessons and their teamwork and other SET skills have continued to develop considerably too. The wide variety of activities excites them and engages them further. It also provides a more level-playing field when all children are trying activities for the first time.