The National Curriculum for PE aims to ensure that all pupils:
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives.
At St Anne’s the intention is that in YR and KS1 children should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They are given opportunities to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. As they move into KS2 children continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They are given opportunities to communicate, collaborate and compete with each other. It is intended that they develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success alongside fostering a lifelong love of physical activity.
The PE curriculum ensures that pupils receive two hours of PE a week and that they
- 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.
As their gross and fine motor skills develop pupils will move onto
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.
Pupils at St Anne’s also have the opportunity to engage in before and after school clubs, inter school sports festivals and skills festivals that are fully inclusive.
Whilst in school, children have opportunities to access a wide range of physical activities and are signposted to outside school sports to foster and encourage a healthy lifestyle. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children and adults at St Anne’s, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.