It is our intent to provide a PE curriculum that develops confident, resilient children who strive for their personal best with energy, creativity and a positive, never give up attitude.
At St John’s Catholic Primary School, we truly value the benefits that physical education brings to a child’s well-being, not just in their overall health and fitness, but through the mental health and cognitive development too. Physical education not only relieves stress, anxiety and sleep deprivation but boosts a child’s ability to concentrate and maintain focus in their classroom based lessons too.
Through PE lessons we will improve peer relationships, teach goal setting and inspire self-discipline; teaching self-control from emotions to being more self-motivated and developing teamwork skills, skills which will be needed for the rest of their futures.
We work closely with West Lancashire Sports Partnership staff to foster an environment where our children feels safe, respected and heard. We are passionate in supporting each individual to lead a healthy and active lifestyle that they will engage with for life and develop physical competence and knowledge of movement and safety whilst gaining skills in performance and creativity. We strive to develop the school values of honesty, teamwork, determination, respect, kindness, curiosity, citizenship.
We actively seek to listen to our children’s voices and provide them with a range of activities before, during and after school.
At the end of EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)
Physical education begins when our children start Early Years (Reception, Class 1). They are encouraged to develop their Physical Development through planned continuous provision activities and specific programmes which support and develop their fine and gross motor skills. Children achieving the expected level of development will:
• negotiate space and obstacles safely, with consideration for themselves and others
• demonstrate strength, balance and coordination when playing
• move energetically, such as running, jumping, dancing, hopping, skipping and climbing
• have good core strength
• have good gross and fine motor skills
• be able to dress independently and have developed a range of basic life skills
• have a good awareness of their own bodies and how they move.
• understand that their bodies change during exercise (becomes hot etc.)
At the end of KS1 pupils will have:
• continued to develop fundamental movement skills and will have developed the basic skills needed for the range of sports they will be exposed to in KS2 and life (e.g. throwing and catching)
• become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and co-ordination, individually and with others
• the skills to be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations
• a good awareness of health and safety in P.E.
• body awareness and the confidence to move in different ways (including agility, flexibility, coordination and stamina)
• developed team work skills and understand how to get the best from each other
• the knowledge to talk about the effects of exercise on the body and life
At the end of KS2 children will have:
• developed a broader range of skills in multiple areas of the P.E curriculum, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement
• developed confidence, sportsmanship, resilience and determination in order to achieve and that they can apply to other areas of their lives
• develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success
• an enjoyment of swimming and to understand the importance of water safety and can apply the skills learnt when needed
• an understanding of the need and fundamentals of a healthy lifestyle
• the knowledge to be able to talk about the effects of exercise on the body in detail (including different muscle names and technical terminology) and how this impacts on their lifestyle choices
• developed the behaviours to enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other
It is our intent to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all children to have the skills and mindset to leave primary school with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at secondary school, then leading into lifelong sporting participation. We aim for them to have a healthy and active lifestyle that they can maintain themselves throughout their adult lives and be able to contribute to the wider community having gained the skills such as confidence, sportsmanship, resilience and determination that we have developed throughout their time at St John’s Catholic Primary School.