St John Bosco Catholic Primary School

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Physical Education

Physical Education Vision Statement

At St John Bosco Catholic Primary School, we highly value physical education, as it is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is fundamental to correct growth and development for children. Accessing regular physical activity on a daily basis is vital for children’s development as that will improve concentration, relieve stress and develop and support physical and mental health for all of our children. Through our PE sessions at St John Bosco, our children are also able to develop their social interaction with others through team games and exercises. They learn to collaborate, engage and work alongside others. Through our PE curriculum, we want our children to develop a love for sport and exercise. We believe our children should demonstrate positive values such as honesty, determination, respect and self-belief and these are developed through competition in our PE curriculum.

We aim to develop our pupils’ cultural capital by broadening their experiences with a varied, balanced range of sports in PE sessions as well as attending competitions out of school. Through our PE sessions, extra-curricular clubs and competitions, we promote the British Values of mutual respect and tolerance of others as our PE curriculum is inclusive and adapted to the needs of different learners.

Physical Education Implementation

The PE curriculum at St John Bosco allows our children to develop fundamental movement skills through a range of different sports and activities. Units of work throughout the school are planned following the National Curriculum and draw upon teacher’s and coaches’ knowledge to deliver high quality, engaging, and progressive PE lessons. Coverage of skills and sports have been carefully planned to ensure key strands are built upon through the school. As our children progress through the school, they are able to build upon previous learning through dance, gymnastics, games, athletics, swimming and outdoor and adventure activities.

During each PE session, our children take part in warm ups and cool downs and are taught the importance of each. During each PE unit, success criteria are used to ensure all children are aware of the intent of the lesson as well as how they can succeed in PE. Our children have opportunities to work collaboratively and independently throughout the PE curriculum. Throughout the units, our children are able to practise progressive skills through a variety of engaging drills and games, where our children develop communication, interaction and social skills. Once pupils have mastered skills, they take part in Level 1 competitions where they can use these skills in competitive contexts. These competitions emphasise correct sportsperson values such as honesty, teamwork, determination, teamwork, passion and self-belief. We also have opportunities to attend a range of competitions against other schools locally and regionally based on our links with local secondary schools.

Also, as part of our PE curriculum, we adopt a ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ approach which enables us to promote healthy lifestyles for all children. Throughout the year, there are a range of events used to promote this approach such as Walk to School Week, Children’s University and celebration occasions such as sports days. Each term, we provide a varied range of extra-curricular sports clubs across the school. These clubs are led by both teachers and specialist coaches to give our children a wide selection of extra sporting opportunities as they progress through the school.