Be confident Be resilient Be healthy
At St Mary’s, we believe that Physical Education (PE) is fundamental to a child’s development. PE at St Mary’s is challenging, inclusive and enjoyable. Through a range of sports, skills and fixtures, pupils are able to develop into healthy, resilient and well-rounded individuals with a passion for physical education. Through our sequential PE curriculum and a range of enrichment opportunities, the National Curriculum is delivered to allow all children to develop to their full potential.
At St Mary’s we want to give every child the confidence, physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in P.E, sport and life. We aim to provide every child with the opportunity to excel in both their creative attitude and physical skills. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at St Mary’s, not only through a variety of sports, but also through the underpinning values that PE promotes. We understand the importance of positive mental wellbeing and developing the whole child which is why we care so passionately about Physical Education in our school. Through our bespoke and sequenced curriculum, all children will leave St Mary’s having had a positive and enriched experience that will make them more likely to carry on developing their physical literacy into adulthood.
Physical development is taught through many aspects of the EYFS curriculum; from handwriting (pencil grip) to physical activity outside and learning about our bodies and how to keep them healthy. Throughout Early Years children are offered a balance of outdoor play opportunities and indoor physical development. In EYFS, pupils are taught the skills that build the foundations for future PE success. Children in EYFS are supported in their physical development through a combination of PE lessons and continuous provision.
From Year 1 to Year 6
Through our PE approach, you will see:
Agility, balance and coordination are taught throughout out PE curriculum and each Fundamental Movement skill progresses throughout school. Each child can see a clear end purpose and journey for every unit of PE they take part in. They are confident and competent sportspersons, and have the knowledge to live healthy lifestyles. Pupils participate in PE and it has a positive impact on their mental health and wellbeing as well as fostering a lifelong love of sports. Pupils experience a wide range of sporting activities that allow them to discover their individual passions and talents. Extra-curricular clubs allow pupils to further their interests and will change half termly to allow pupils a variety of choice. Through our curriculum, children are building their resilience and enjoy taking part in a variety of sporting fixtures, both intra house and school competitions. Our Year 6 children are confident in leading our playleader initiative and this encourages active lunch times which contribute to the 60 minutes of activity that we strive to give every child.
At St Mary’s we provide enrichment opportunities for all our pupils by: