Our P.E. curriculum is inclusive and ensures that pupils of all abilities access the range of activities that we offer and that they are physically active for sustained periods of time in order to encourage them to lead healthy, active lives. Children will develop the fundamental movement skills (agility, balance and coordination) and take part in increasingly competitive situations, against themselves and others. Whilst retaining its unique contribution to a pupil’s physical development and health and fitness, P.E. also has considerable potential to contribute to much wider areas of learning in terms of developing the whole child, including the development of physical, social, creative, personal and cognitive skills.
In addition to this, specialist coaches enhance the teaching and learning of P.E. within the curriculum and provide extra-curricular activities.
Furthermore, participation in intra-school and inter-school competitions ensures maximum participation in physical activity outside of the P.E. curriculum. There is also the opportunity to take on leadership roles where the pupils build character and embed values such as fairness, teamwork and respect.
Regular participation in sport and physical activity helps to reduce the risk of heart failure, improve core physical fitness, help with weight management, promote good health, instil self-discipline, improve self-confidence, reduce stress and develop lifelong learning skills.
Dance and gymnastic activities take place in the school Hall, Games are played all year on our playground and field with all children taking part in rugby, football, netball and hockey in the winter months and rounders, tennis and cricket in the summer. The other summer activities are athletics and swimming.
The children in the EYFS are taught using the EYFS Curriculum. This covers a range of skills including dance, ball skills, climbing over, under and through equipment, jumping and moving confidently in a range of large and small movements. The children in the EYFS are also taught to understand how to live a fit and healthy life.
Key Stage 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum whose aims are to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel 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.
Pupils in Key Stage 1 are taught to;
- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- perform dances using simple movement patterns.
Pupils in Key Stage 2 are taught to;
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
- perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. E.g. indoor rowing.
At St George’s we are extremely fortunate to have our own outdoor heated learner pool, which is used by all pupils from EYFS to Year 6 in the Summer term. We employ a qualified swimming instructor with the children taught to:
- 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
The school currently holds the Gold School Games award.