Our P.E. curriculum
At St Edward's, we believe that Physical Education (P.E.) is vital for children to attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health. We strive to deliver a high quality P.E. curriculum, which gives all children learning opportunities to inspire them to succeed in P.E. and in developing life skills.
We follow a Head, Heart, Hands Curriculum, which not only enables out children to develop fundamental motor skills but it also encourages the development of a health mind, body and spirit. This equips our children for life-long skills to participant in sport and physical activity in school and beyond. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum, plus extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our students.
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At St Edward’s we committed to working with School Games and our Catholic Partnership to keep competitive sport at the heart of our school and provide all of our children with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best. We also offer a variety of extra-curricular sporting activities to enrich our curriculum and equip children with the necessary skills to compete. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities builds character and helps to embed values and learner attributes such as determination, passion, honesty, self-belief, teamwork and respect.
The aim of P.E. is 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.
Key stage 1
Pupils 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 should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be 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.
Key stage 2
Pupils should 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 should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils should be 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.