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PE

PE Intent
At St Faith’s, it is our intent to encourage children to think beyond what they can physically do now and strive to develop a lifelong love of sports and an understanding of how to lead a heathy lifestyle. We want to provide opportunities to compete and take part in a range of sport and other activities, that build character and help to embed values such as respect, community and friendship. Our aim is that our children care not only about the physically development of skills but gain a rich understand of the mental positives of a healthy wellbeing.

 

Implementation of PE

We aim to encourage our children to remember knowledge and build on their prior learning by ensuring we carefully consider how knowledge is sequenced. Teachers must understand what pupils must know and be able to do in each subject by the end of each academic year; they must recognise what has come before and what pupils will continue to learn in the next year.

Our curriculum design is based on three main principles:
1) Learning is most effective when spaced rather than blocked.
2) Interleaving helps pupils to discriminate between topics and aids long-term retention. Interleaving is a process where students mix, or interleave, multiple subjects or topics while they study in order to improve their learning.’
3) Retrieval of previously learned content is frequent and regular, which increases both storage and retrieval strength.

Some of our content is subject specific, whilst other content is combined in a cross-curricular approach.

 

Early Years

In the EYFS, PE is taught through the development of both Moving and Handling and Health and Self Care areas of learning. It is taught consistently throughout the day during the implementation of ‘In the Moment’ planning and weekly through adult lead PE sessions, taught by the class teacher.

While at St Faith’s, we strive to ensure all children develop physically to show good control and coordination, gain an ability to move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space while being able to handle equipment and tools effectively.

 

In the EYFS, the staff ensure all children develop the independence they need to manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently. As part of our good practice, we consistently promote the importance for good health, physical exercise, and a healthy diet. As a school, we dedicate one day a term to promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.

 

Key Stage 1

In accordance with the National Curriculum, children are 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.

 

In Key Stage 1, our curriculum endeavours to provide opportunities for all pupils. We are fully inclusive so that all of our children can become physically confident in a range of ways, which will support their health and fitness, now and in the future.

Through a love of sports and physical activities, pupils are encouraged to be active and are supported in their understanding of how to participate safely and effectively.

As a school, we are always developing our cross curricular links with an especial strong link between PE, PHSE and Music.

 

The teaching of PE occurs weekly and the subject context changes each half term, ensuring that children our exposed to a rich, balance curriculum. Our superb physical education curriculum, supported by high quality teaching and highly skilled sports coaches, aims to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport, as well as other physically demanding activities.

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