MPPs take a learning walk - 12.10.17
PE has been judged as an area of strength at Bedgrove Junior School. Mrs Greco and the leadership team wanted some evidence from pupils that this is indeed the case. MPPs were asked to consider what they thought would make an effective PE lesson and then go and observe some PE taking place. This what the MPPs thought would make a good PE lesson:
The Pupil Parliament think that PE is good at Bedgrove school when:
- All children are listening carefully to instructions from Staff and other children (e.g. children who are more experienced and are showing what to do)
- Green Zone behaviour is expected at all times. Just the same as in lesson inside with your own teacher.: listening, trying, engaging with the lesson, talking on task, co-operating, pushing themselves to improve,
- Children are active throughout, not sitting listening for more than a couple of minutes.
- Lessons are enjoyable for everybody. Children are happy and enthusiastic.
- Instructions are given by staff in small chunks e.g. teach one skill at time, children go off and practice this one skill. Then come back and learn another.
- Skills taught during that session are used in the mini-games
- Staff are walking around, checking the skills and helping children who need help and support.
- Staff are praising and encouraging children
- Cihildren who can already do the skill should have it made more tricky e.g. pass over a longer a distance, pass between cones etc.
- Staff choosing children to demonstrate skills and answer questions, choose children from a more mixed ability range, not just children who are good at PE.
- Staff are keen and enthusiastic about the sport or the skill they are teaching.
- Lots of fun and competitive games are included when we are learning skills.
- A variety of fun warm up activities are used to get us in the mood.
- Mini-games are played in small groups.
- The games have a fun competitive element and all children are showing good sportsmanship and being respectful and encouraging.
- There is plenty of equipment and it is well looked after.
- Equipment is suitable for all abilities e.g. lower nets for netball, smaller goals in football
- Hair is tied back, earrings are taped and out. Correct PE kit is worn including trainers.
After the learning walk, the children were asked to feed back their findings to the PE team. They did this in a very mature and professional style. Mrs Tatlow and Mr N. were really impressed with everything that the MPPs had noticed (and very pleased and relieved that the MPPs were impressed with the teaching and learning taking place in PE lessons!)
School Development Plan
Here at Bedgrove Junior School, hearing what children have to say about our school is important to us. So important in fact, that this year the Pupil Parliament are helping the Senior Leadership Team and the governors with aspects of the school development plan.
During our recent meetings, MPPs have been giving their opinions about the 4 key areas of the school development plan (Leadership & Management, Teaching & Learning, Behaviour & Welfare and Outcomes for Pupils).
We have had to discuss and consider the following questions:
- What is unique about Bedgrove Junior School?
- What are the strengths of leadership?
- What are the strengths of teaching and learning?
- What are the strengths of behaviour?
- How well do you achieve? How do you know?
- What improvements could we make to the school?
Mrs Greco was really impressed with the depth and understanding of the MPP's responses and is now looking at a way of incorporating their ideas into the main School Development Plan.