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.
‘Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.’ – President John F Kennedy
At St Augustine’s Primary School, PE is a key subject for a child’s overall development, wellbeing and education. We follow the national curriculum for PE, which sets out that ‘a high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities’. PE is important in helping students built up skills of cooperation and team-building, competition and growing self-esteem, mental and emotional capacity. Our aim at is to give all children access to high-quality lessons, which will develop their skills in a range of sports and build physical fitness. We believe it is important to give children regular opportunities to exercise, to help combat childhood obesity and embed a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle and fitness. Most of all, we want PE lessons to be enjoyable and challenging for all children.
Our PE at St Augustine’s provide an opportunity for all children to enjoy the lesson and build on their skills, regardless of different levels of physical development. We aim to also develop their physical and mental capacity. As an inner-city school, many children do not have access to gardens or large outdoor spaces to engage in physical activity. Therefore, children may not have the opportunity to be build their fitness and physical skill development outside of school, unless they are engaging in extra-curricular sports or fitness activities.
Each Year group follows the national curriculum for PE, with children following half termly units. The unit’s scheme of work has been put together to allow children to develop techniques, teaming building and engaging activities to access the skills and knowledge required to achieve a final unit outcome. Throughout the year, children are taught to play football, tag rugby, tennis, cricket, netball, basketball, dance and gymnastics. From Year 4 children will also take part in swimming lessons, with one class going each term.
Over the week, each class will have two one-hour PE lessons, one of which is outdoors based around games and one indoors based around dance or gymnastics. These twice-weekly lessons are taught by experienced PE teachers from our St Augustine’s High School, part of our Federation, who work closely with the class teaching team to understand the strengths and needs of the class. The hall is predominantly used for dance and gymnastics lessons, unless the weather on the outdoor playground doesn’t permit outdoor lessons. During each PE lesson, children are encouraged to demonstrate skills to the class, work as a team and encourage each other to progress in a personal capacity with confidence.