Our vision for PE at St Patrick’s Primary School
Our school aims to inspire all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport. Through good physical education, whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best. We want to aid our children in obtaining the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as modestly celebrating their own successes.
We provide a broad and balanced P.E. curriculum to aid children’s increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations. A balance of individual, team, co-operative, and competitive activities aims to cater for individual pupil’s needs and abilities.
We listen to our children wants and needs and provide them with a range of active experiences and clubs. We have strong links with local clubs and partnerships within our community to ensure the children and families receive the support and knowledge they need.
Children will undertake daily physical exercise within their teaching unit, through continuous provision. They also have structured activities at least once a week where they will start to build their fundamental movement skills and learn how to work in their own safe space and share ideas and equipment with others.
During Year One and Two children will be given many opportunities to improve their control and movement skills and develop their movement and hand-eye coordination. They will use a range of equipment and learn to follow instructions in simple games. They will be given many opportunities to work with a partner and in small groups to play games and solve challenges.
During Year Three and Four children will be given opportunities to play a wide variety of small sided games and work in small groups to enable them to practice their skills in a broad range of situations. They will be encouraged to motivate others and persevere when finding a personal challenge difficult.
As the children get older, they will have the opportunity to experience a wider variety of games, focus more on technique and take on more challenges such as leading others and showing consideration of including all within a group.
Children at St Patricks are given the opportunity to join in with a range of extracurricular activities both at lunchtime and after school. They range from traditional sports such as football and netball to non-competitive physical activity clubs such as yoga and dance.
Children are given the opportunity to compete at various levels including personal best challenges in school and other intraschool challenges between school teams, year groups and classes.
We take part in many School Games events where children can compete against other schools.
Daily physical activity / active learning
We aim to offer the children a one hour PE session each week plus extra physical activity throughout each day using initiatives such as ‘The mile run’, mindfulness, yoga, and dance activities.
Physical activities will be encouraged at playtimes and lunchtimes by providing children with equipment such as skipping ropes and balls. Lunchtime clubs will run for certain year groups and opportunities given for older children to lead others by becoming playleaders.