Subject Co-ordinator: Miss S Ferguson
PE Curriculum - Purpose of study
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils 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 physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence and enhance physical literacy 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.
Physical Education at St Joseph's
At St Joseph's Catholic Primary School physical education is embedded as an integral part of school life and is enjoyed by all. The PE curriculum is diverse and inclusive and aims at fostering an environment to develop the whole child. Class teachers and Mr Upton deliver PE to all children from reception to year 6 and each child receives 2 1/2 hours of high quality PE each week. During PE this year children will learn to adopt a "CAN DO" attitude and will work towards being fair, being connected, being inspiring & being ambitious. Through working in partnership with local schools, and our School Games Organiser, we are able to participate in festivals and competitions. These events offer our pupils the opportunity to experience sporting competition.
We offer a variety of extra-curricular clubs to our pupils throughout the academic year: netball, dodgeball, football and gymnastics.
During lunchtimes, pupils are able to access a variety of activities and equipment to engage them in active play:
- Outdoor gym equipment;
- Field and playground space;
- Climbing wall;
- Footballs, basketballs, bats and balls;
- Table tennis;
- Skipping ropes.
In line with the National Curriculum, all pupils at St. Joseph's participate in swimming lessons in Year 5. Pupils are then able to access additional 'top-up' swimming lessons to support them in achieving the National Curriculum aims:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres;
- Use a range of strokes effectively;
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.