Physical Education at St Mary’s is in part delivered by specialist coaches from All for Sport. Class teachers then teach follow up lessons to further embed and develop skills. Through this thorough learning, children are able to gain knowledge of the rules and skills needed across a variety of sports. Central to all lessons are the values required for good sportsmanship – those of team work, respect, self-control, resilience and encouragement. The positive impact of sport on our bodies is also covered in this curriculum area.
P.E Purpose of Study:
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.
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.
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.
Dancing is concentrated into our Summer 1 term where the whole school learn progressive May Day dances for our annual May Day celebration.
All children in Key Stage Two (Years 3 to 6) have the opportunity to take part in a programme of swimming lessons to enable them to meet the end of Key Stage Two National Curriculum requirements as part of the Physical Education Programme of Study.
We are fortunate to have New Barnet Leisure Centre in the local area. The children are fully supervised by school staff during ‘school only’ swimming lessons (the pool is closed to the public at this time).
Our aim (by the end of Year 6) is for as many children as possible to be able to:
Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
Use a range of strokes effectively
Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
Trials are held for children in Years 5 and 6 to represent the School in the competitive Barnet East Region Small Schools League. Players are expected to adhere to the FA Respect Code of Conduct. The School team has had considerable success over the past 2 years, finishing runners-up in Season 2016/2017, Winners of the title in season 2017/2018 and also runners-up in Champion of Champions.
Children in Y3 and Y4 have opportunities to develop mastery in cycle handling in an off-road environment and prepare riders for cycling on the road.