Physical Education (PE)
Physical Education inspires our children to participate in healthy lifestyle choices, build resilience to try new and competitive opportunities and other physically demanding challenges. Through active participation, they showcase character-building qualities such as respect, fairness, discipline, commitment. Our provision of sports clubs, facilities, and expert teaches inculcate lifelong interests and healthy habits. Our daily mile, improving swimming results in KS2 and scheme of work in practice all demonstrate our commitment and success with PE.
At St Joseph’s, we will provide a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum in which every child will have an equal chance to achieve their best. We endeavour to create a learning culture in which children feel secure and highly motivated to work and succeed. We believe that P.E. can develop children’s confidence and self-esteem. Every child should have equal access to develop their fine and gross motor skills, co-ordination, co-operative and creative skills in a safe environment. We plan to ensure that all pupils develop competence in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities and lead healthy, active lives. P.E. is an integral, vital and valuable part of the curriculum and the development of the whole child now and in the future.
Through PE, we aim to develop the children’s knowledge, skills, and understanding to perform with increasing confidence and competence in a range of physical activities. We aim to improve health and well-being, promote active participation and lifelong learning, and for each child to fulfil their potential. We aim to ensure that the children’s PE experience is positive and motivating and that children’s attitudes to a healthy lifestyle are firmly embedded in our curriculum.
Our PE curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
At St Joseph’s RC Primary, we intend to provide all our pupils with a broad and balanced Physical Education in which every child will have an equal chance to achieve their best. We endeavour to create a learning culture in which children feel safe, secure and highly motivated to work and succeed. We believe that P.E. can develop children’s confidence and self-esteem. Every child should have equal access to develop their fine and gross motor skills, co-ordination, co-operative and creative skills in a safe environment. We plan to ensure that all pupils develop competence in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities and lead healthy, active lives. P.E. is an integral, vital and valuable part of the curriculum and the development of the whole child now and in the future.
St Joseph’s curriculum for PE ensures that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities;
- are physically active for sustained periods of time;
- engage in competitive sports and activities;
- lead healthy, active lives.
- Pupils participate in weekly high-quality PE and sporting activities. Our PE programme is broad and balanced to ensure all children develop confidence, tolerance and appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses.
- The PE plans provide a range of activity-based units of work that are progressive from Key Stage One upwards: fundamental movement skill units for Key Stage One, progressing into generic activity areas in Key Stage Two and then specific activity focus in higher Key Stage Two. This complements the National Curriculum Programmes of study for Physical Education.
- Core tasks support the units of work as a basis for assessment which aligns with our preferred assessment model.
- PE lessons are delivered by PE specialist teachers and class teachers to ensure high quality and continued professional development in this key curriculum area.
- Weekly Swimming sessions for years 3 all year round and year 4 in the autumn term, year 5 in the spring term and year 6 in the summer term. These are delivered by Everyone Active at South Oxhey Leisure Centre.
- All children also complete the daily mile and class brain break activity sessions to help achieve the 6o minutes a day physical activity target.
- We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities in addition to competitive sporting events through our School Sport Partnership.
Progression of PE Skills, Knowledge and Vocabulary
Documents below detail the knowledge and skills that pupils w
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Our high-quality physical education curriculum;
- inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.
- allows pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness.
- provides opportunities to compete in sport and other activities, which builds character and helps to embed values such as fairness and respect.
By the end of each key stage, pupils will know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. Further, our quality Physical Education provision will positively affect pupil’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development.
- Physical; Pupils understand how exercise helps them develop a healthy lifestyle and gain a broad range of skills that help them participate in various physical activities and enjoy an active lifestyle.
- Social; Pupils get the opportunity to socialise with others and learn different skills such as communication, tolerance, trust, empathy and respect for others. They also learn positive team skills, including cooperation, leadership, cohesion and responsibility. Through PE and Sport pupils experience a variety of emotions and learn how to better cope in stressful, challenging or painful situations.
- Emotional; Physical Education improves mental health-including reduced stress, anxiety and depression. It also helps our pupils to develop strategies to manage their emotions and increases their self-esteem.
- Cognitive; increased blood flow produced by our regular physical activity stimulates the brain and boosts mental performance. Regular physical activity also increases energy and concentration in the classroom.
It’s an exciting sports year for the pupils of St Josephs despite the challenges faced by COVID.
Our pupils have already started participating in a wide range of virtual sports competitions, including Dance, Tri Golf, Football, Netball, Cross Country, Speed Stack, Archery, Boccia. Children have been busy preparing themselves for the School Sports Games Virtual Competition. Giving children the opportunity to compete at level 1, 2 & 3 competition. We aim to achieve outstanding sporting progression and enjoyable, challenging lessons for our pupils and offering them a variety of sporting opportunities.
All of our sports teams actively compete in the partnership leagues, tournaments and festivals. We always strive to enjoy and win.
This year we have retained our Gold Mark for the Sainsbury’s School Games Competitions for the third year running. We are extremely proud of our sports achievements so far and look forward to an active and healthy year at St Joseph’s Primary School!