Physical Education at St Peter and St Paul Catholic Primary Academy
Physical Education (PE)
PE is an integral part of our curriculum at St. Peter and St. Paul, and we strive to create a culture which aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy PE, encourage each other and realise potential. 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 and social development. We aspire our children to develop a ‘can-do’ attitude with a belief that anything can be achieved with determination and resilience.
At St. Peter and St. Paul we offer a dynamic and varied programme of activity to ensure that all children progress physically within our fully inclusive PE curriculum. Our curriculum aims to improve the well-being and fitness of all children, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. We aim to deliver high quality teaching and learning opportunities that enable all children to achieve their personal best. All children participate in competitive sports which can be against self and/ or others. We aim for all children to be physically active for sustained periods of time and to be able to make informed decisions to lead healthy and active lives. Thus, embedding life-long values. Swimming is an important life skill and we aspire for all children to leave primary school having met at least the minimum requirements of the National Curriculum.
PE at St. Peter and St. Paul provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including invasion games, net & wall games, striking and fielding games, gymnastics, dance, health and fitness and swimming. The entire Year 5 class has swimming across part of the Autumn and Spring Terms. Pupils participate in at least 2 hours of high-quality PE lessons each week, covering one or two different sports/skills focuses each half term. The Long-Term planning for each class 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. All staff can access the Medium-Term planning and half termly/termly assessments for each class throughout the academic year which is tracked by the PE Lead. Lunchtime Clubs are offered to KS2 children as well as a range of after-school activities. Physical activity is embedded throughout the school day, through The Daily Mile initiative, children being encouraged to stay active at break times with the ability to access a variety of equipment and through the use of our Sports leaders. Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events and festivals within the local area. 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 and are very much enjoyed by children.
At St. Peter and St. Paul, we ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. All children are provided with the necessary skills and given opportunities to demonstrate improvement and realise their potential. Our pupils are physically active, and this has a positive impact on their learning in the classroom. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of regular exercise. We aspire for children to enjoy PE and develop a love of sport and physical activity which becomes part of their future life outside of primary school. Children can represent the school at sporting events. Alongside this, we share sporting achievements both in and out of school in our Celebration Assembly, so that we are promoting sports and activities, as well as celebrating all levels of success. We aim for all Year 6 pupils to leave school with the skills to competently swim at least 25m.