At St Benedict’s we believe that PE and Sport plays a vital role in a child’s developmental journey. It forms an essential foundation for the growth of the whole child. PE is essential in developing life skills. It enhances a child’s health, builds character, develops resilience and helps to embed values such as fairness and respect therefore playing a vital role in improving wellbeing.
We are passionate about ensuring that pupils are afforded a wide variety of experiences both within the curriculum and through a comprehensive extracurricular program.
We want to set children on a pathway to developing a lifelong involvement in physical activity and for them to understand the benefits of living an active lifestyle.
PE at St Benedicts aims to develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary for physical, mental, social and emotional well being now and throughout their lives.
At St Benedicts we aim to develop the physical literacy of all our children. We want our pupil to develop the fundamental movement skills that all children need, such as running, hopping, throwing, catching and jumping. These movement skills in turn give them confidence to participate in different physical activities, sports, and games.
People need to feel confident in activity settings to enable them to be physically active in later life. This mainly comes from learning fundamental movement and sport skills as a child.
Individuals who are physically literate, move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities that benefit the healthy development of the whole person.
This means that physically literate people are able to :
- Develop the motivation and ability to understand, communicate, apply and analyse various forms of movement.
- Demonstrate a variety of movements confidently and competently across a wide range of physical activities.
- Make healthy , active choices that are both beneficial to and respectful of their selves, others and the environment.
All pupils have 2 hours of PE per week. We have recently introduced a new scheme of work, ‘Get Set For PE.’ This provides staff with schemes of work for different areas of PE. Each lesson plan clearly states the objectives and key skills to be addressed. Lessons follow the pattern of warm up, Skill Development and plenary, which consolidates learning and informs future planning. We cover a range of physical activities to ensure that pupils can develop their physical literacy, which is important in all aspects of life. This enables pupils to become more confident and comfortable in their own bodies.
The development of life skills is a thread that runs through everything we do at St Benedict’s. PE an sport provide endless opportunities to consciously develop such things as resilience, confidence, empathy, respect, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses.
Pupils have opportunity to access after school clubs. The PE co-ordinator ensures that these are provided fairly across the school. Participation in extra curricular activities is monitored and analysed to inform future provision.
PE lessons are inclusive and all pupils have the opportunity to participate fully, with adaptations made where necessary.
By developing the physical literacy of each individual, our children will become confident and competent movers. They will be able to carry out everyday tasks comfortably and efficiently. Our children will understand the importance of physical activity and how this can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. The PE curriculum will improve the wellbeing, fitness and movement vocabulary of all our children, not only through the development of sports skills but through the values that physical education promotes. Developing qualities such as resilience in a PE situation and understanding how this can help in other areas of life is a key focus for us in making a positive contribution to the wellbeing of all our children.