At Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, we deliver high quality PE which is designed to provide equality of access for each individual, irrespective of ability, experience, interests or gender. It aims to increase pupils’ self-confidence in their ability and provide children with an exposure to a wide range of sports and health and wellbeing opportunities, both in school and the wider area. We believe that children must engage in a PE curriculum which incorporates a balance of individual, team, cooperative and competitive activities which caters for all individual needs and abilities.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
As part of the EYFS statutory framework pupils are taught:
Physical development - involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively.
Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.
Key Stage One and Key Stage Two
All Key Stage One and Key Stage Two classes follow a progressive curriculum that develops knowledge and skills in each area as well as an understanding of associated vocabulary. In Key Stage Two, Swimming and Outdoor Adventurous Activity (OAA) are added to the curriculum skills to provide a broad range of physical activities and to teach life-saving skills.
Apart from in Early Years where the curriculum follows a continuous-provision model, each class has two hours of PE lessons each week: one focusing on Games (or Swimming in Key Stage Two) and one focusing on Gymnastics or Dance. Lessons develop skills and then use those skills in practical and/or competitive situations. Children are encouraged to self and peer assess in order to develop skills further. Formal lessons are complemented with physical learning in other subjects: each class aims to complete 30 minutes active-learning each day to emphasise that physical activity underpins all we do.
The impact of our Physical Education provision is tangible in our school. Our children understand how exercise can make them feel good, how it allows them to gain a variety of skills and enjoy an active lifestyle. From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE.