Physical Education at SS. Mary and John’s Catholic Primary Academy
Our Physical Education Curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure that every child has access to high quality physical education that inspires, engages and enables them to succeed.
We aim to ensure that the carefully taught curriculum enables children to develop skills, knowledge and understanding improving their physical health and well-being and enabling them to develop the skills to engage in individual, group and competitive sports, enjoying and achieving the very best they can. The curriculum has been designed to be progressive, every child is able to access all aspects of the curriculum building on existing skills over time.
Our children will have opportunities to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. We believe that Physical Education is an imperative element of the curriculum, which develops a need for healthy life styles, a balanced diet, positive growth mind-set and the resilience to persevere with activities that may be once have felt too difficult. We are passionate about the need to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.
Physical Education is directly taught for two hours each week, children also have daily access to a range of physical fitness equipment in Key Stages one and two. Children in Early years have their own bespoke outdoor areas and are able to access daily opportunities for physical development.
Our curriculum for Physical Education is based on a published scheme of work with bespoke adaptations where appropriate. During the current restrictions due to the Pandemic, we have adapted our curriculum plans to ensure we follow all relevant guidance for safe practice in sport. Children are accessing twice weekly PE lessons and are continuing to develop their individual levels of ability and physical fitness as we recognise the sedentary nature of extended periods of National Restrictions and home learning.
The effectiveness of the curriculum and extra – curricular opportunities for sport are recorded and evaluated through the tracking of individual attainment and prowess in the fundamental skills; these include the range of aspects of development in PE as defined in the EYFS and National Curriculum for PE Key Stages 1 and 2.
The use of the additional ‘Sport Funding’ is reported on separately and monitored annually, by Governors for evidence of the impact of funding on the outcomes for pupils.