At St. James’ we strive to create a culture which aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy PE, encourage each other and achieve. We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities which is essential in supporting their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and moral development. It is our intention to build a curriculum that enables children to develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary in a broad range of sporting activities, as well as developing values and transferable life skills. Our PE curriculum provides opportunities for children to become physically confident in a way which 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.
The national curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all children:
Our children are taught regular PE lessons each week, including Outdoor Games, Gymnastics and Dance. The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in the weekly mile, swimming lessons in Year 4, sports tournaments with other schools in the local area, yoga sessions and after school clubs. Children also get the opportunity to participate in Forest Schools and our yearly residential trip for Upper Key Stage 2 with Ghyll Head Outward Bounds Centre. This gives the children the chance to learn many new skills, the importance of teamwork, how to build up resilience and an appreciation for the world around us. This inclusive approach that we take at St. James’ endeavours to encourage not only the physical development of the children but also focuses on their emotional well-being.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
At St James', our PE curriculum is varied and long-term plans ensure that we meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. All pupils receive at least three hours of high quality PE using our outside space or school hall. Our PE curriculum is sequenced precisely to ensure progression of knowledge and skills throughout a child’s primary education, thus enabling children to build upon prior experiences and apply these fluently, with confidence. Children also have the opportunity to further these skills at after school sports clubs or sports tournaments thus making links with other schools and the wider community. At St James' we endeavour to provide a broad range of activities based on children’s interests and new initiatives.
Children get the opportunity to take part in a range of invasion, striking & fielding or net games, we promote imagination and creativity in gymnastics and dance as well as provide opportunities for athletics using both indoor and outdoor environments, plus outdoor and adventurous activities. Children have swimming lessons on a weekly basis in Year 4 where they work towards the national curriculum objectives.
Physical Education is fundamental in developing healthy lifestyles in young people and at St James' we provide a wide array of opportunities to develop this and sporting skills outside of the normal curriculum time. Each class takes part in the 'Every Day Active' scheme, this can include mile runs, aerobics and additional dance sessions on non PE days.
Playtimes are an important part of our pupils being happy, healthy and ready to learn. We have well-staffed and equipped playgrounds, with playtime managers in Year 6 who promote active playtimes. Also within our EYFS area we have a climbing frame, pirate ship, sand area and other active play equipment. Which are all designed to provide opportunities for children to develop and improve fundamental skills.
PE Progression and Long Term Planning
Impact and Assessment
We help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. 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.
We assess PE using teacher observations and assessment documents to ensure consistent recording, reporting and tracking of pupil progress in PE across the whole school.
We consistently track pupil progress against the relevant criteria for individuals and year groups. We use end of unit assessments, such as dance performances or team games to help consolidate teacher observations and judgements.