At St. George’s Catholic Primary School, we aim to provide high-quality physical education to inspire all pupils to succeed in P.E. and to develop skills which will help them throughout their lives. During sporting activities, effort and hard work are praised as well as success. Enjoyment, perseverance, fair play, respect for others and teamwork are also promoted. We believe that these important life skills will build character and embed the values we seek to teach the children through our mission statement, ‘To learn with kindness, respect and friendship through God’s love.’
We encourage all children to be physically active and to take part in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. By providing the children with a wide variety of activities and opportunities to engage in physical activities, we hope to improve their fitness and develop habits which will help them to lead healthy and active lives.
Our long-term planning sets out the PE units, which are taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. Teachers use (and adapt, when necessary) the Complete P.E. scheme to support them in their planning. These documents are progressive, coherent and apply fundamental skills, which are year group appropriate. Subject vocabulary is displayed in knowledge organisers to support learning, as well as being reinforced by teachers. Pupils in KS1 participate in one P.E. lesson every week and those in KS2 take part in two P.E. lessons each week. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities on offer and complete the daily mile. We also provide weekly yoga sessions which help to develop children’s flexibility, balance and mental well-being.
St. George’s enter children into a range of competitive sporting events throughout the year. Some of these competitions are organised by the local high school and sports providers from the local area. In addition to these events, smaller groups of children are selected to take part in competitions which allow them to have the chance to progress to a higher level of competition by representing Sefton at the Merseyside Games and in cross-country events or the opportunity to represent Merseyside in National competitions. Achievements are celebrated in assemblies.
Our P.E. curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and to apply them to a variety of sports and activities. All children are given the opportunities to achieve their personal best and to demonstrate improvement. Throughout their time at St. George’s, all children are provided with opportunities to take part in competitive activities and extra-curricular sport.
We help to motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching and links with external providers. Our pupils are physically active and Key Stage 2 children take part in the daily mile. This has a positive effect on their fitness levels. As part of the curriculum, children are taught to understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and the importance of exercise.
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