St Paul’s CE Academy believes that Physical Education (PE), experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health. We intend to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical education and in developing life skills. We want to teach children skills to keep them safe such as competency in swimming. We also want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing, fitness and stamina of all children at St Paul’s, not only through the sporting skills taught, but also through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes.
- PE at St Paul’s CE Academy provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; invasion, net & wall games, striking and fielding, gymnastics, dance, outdoor & adventure and swimming (Year 5).
- The long-term plan sets out the PE units, which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met.
- Pupils participate in high quality PE lessons each week, covering a different sporting discipline each half term. The skills learnt during this are transferable across and number of different sports. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in a varied range of extra-curricular activiities. Lunchtime activities are available each day and children can attend after school and dinner time sporting clubs.
- Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within our cluster. This is an inclusive approach, which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills, which are enjoyed by the children.
- We have groups of Year 5 and 6 children who are invited to become Sports Leaders for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting at lunch times, our Sports Day and other sporting activities.
- Children in Year 5 swim once a week for 10 weeks during the year. We are aiming to give those children in Year 6 who are not confident in water booster sessions at the end of the year.
- We are soon to launch the ‘Daily Mile’, to help meet the government target of all children being active for at least 60 minutes a day.
- All children have at least three BMX sessions a year with our coach. This helps to develop their cycling skills and gives them confidence for their Bikeability sessions.
We help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is fun and engaging. We also ensure that the skills they learn progress; building on from previous sessions /years. From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom enjoy the success of competitive sports. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sports, which we hope will stay with them for years to come. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives, utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE.