The National Curriculum 2014 states that:
‘A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.'
Physical exercise makes a vital contribution to the way we live. By providing the children with regular physical activity each week, the school is taking active steps to promote a healthier lifestyle whilst fulfilling National Curriculum requirements. The subject also develops a whole range of cross-curricular and key life skills such as team work, confidence, commitment, self-esteem, peer assessment etc. Many research studies have proven scientifically that exercise increases academic performance thus supporting attainment and achievement. The teaching of high quality PE is the foundation to a healthy life and attitude to community sport and exercise outside school hours and providing a rich legacy that is keenly felt in adulthood. The school is therefore committed to:
Enabling pupils to see PE as:
- A major feature in our lives, related to employment, leisure and culture.
- Part of a wider body of knowledge and skills, e.g. interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
Enabling pupils to:
- Understand and use safe practice and to appreciate its importance in PE.
- Understand the short and long term effects of exercise on the body.
- Understand the role of exercise in a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Enabling pupils to develop a range of desirable personal qualities such as safety, awareness, politeness, perseverance, concern for others, initiative and independence. The establishment of self-esteem through the development of physical confidence is a major aim for the physical education department.
Enable pupils to work independently and as part of a group or team in varied activities so that PE contributes to the development of core skills.
Employing teaching methods and resources that will allow all pupils to have equal access to PE and to experience success and enjoyment in their PE work.
Developing pupils’ awareness of the implications of sport and physical activity in the wider community.
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