At St Mary's RCVA Primary School, it is our intention is to provide all children with a high-quality physical education curriculum which will inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We will provide opportunities for our pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and physical activities will build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging PE lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all.
The national curriculum for physical education aims 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.
Our sports premium funding supports us to improve and enhance the provision that we offer at St Mary's as we believe that high quality PE is an integral part of the whole school curriculum. Pupils at St Mary's participate in at least 2 hours of high quality PE and sporting activities. Our PE programme incorporates a variety of sports to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. We work with a number of outside coaches to ensure that we deliver a range of sporting opportunities. Specialist coaches deliver opportunities such as wheelchair basketball and gymnastics. We also ensure that our children are trained as sports leaders as we believe that peer mentoring has a positive impact on the provision that we offer. Our sports leaders are active during playtimes and lunchtimes; they also organise our annual runathon and sports day. We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities before, during and after school, in addition to competitive sporting events. We also offer our children the opportunity for outdoor adventure activities through our annual residential to Kingswood, Dukeshouse Wood in Hexham.This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being.
At St Mary's, we ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. All children are provided with the skills and given opportunities to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Our pupils are physically active and this has positive implications on their learning in the classroom. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise. We hope children enjoy PE and develop a love of sport, and physical activity, that they pursue outside of school and in future life outside of primary school. All pupils understand the values and importance of fair play and being a good sportsperson. By the end of Year 6, pupils leave school having had the opportunity to develop skills to self-rescue in the water as well as having been encouraged to swim 25 metres with competence and confidence. (See our sports premium section for swimming data)
Our curriculum aims to improve the well-being and fitness of all children at St Mary'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 for 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.
Regular assemblies celebrate success.
Assessment documents are updated to ensure delivery of skills to be covered and to show achievement and progression.
Swimphony is used to track swimming progress and achievements.
We display photos of achievement in our school hall and on the sporting section of our website.