St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School recognises and understands the importance of Physical Education (P.E.) in school. Sport and Physical Education can play a vital role in the development of a child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills, which can be used throughout their life. At St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School, we strive to ensure all our children (both boys and girls) have every possibility to both achieve in and enjoy taking part in P.E. lessons and sport..
At St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School, it is our intention that all children:
- Develop the skills which are needed to excel in a range of physical activities and sport
- Are physically active for sustained periods of time
- Have opportunities to take part in competitive sports and activities
- Understand the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle
Through high quality P.E. lessons, a vast range of after school sport clubs and by competing in all school competitions available, we aim to raise the profile of P.E. and offer our children a number of new and exciting opportunities. Our P.E. syllabus is based on an enhanced model of the Early Years Framework and the National Curriculum with a clear progression structure from Reception to Year 6. This progression of skills has been designed in order to build on the skills needed to meet the end of Key Stage objectives in the National Curriculum. Furthermore, at St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School we understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Children are taught the need to have a balanced diet, a positive mind-set and the resilience to persevere. These skills are promoted by staff at all times.
At St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School, we offer a balanced and progressive curriculum, which covers all aspects of the Early Years and P.E. National Curriculum. Our P.E. curriculum is taught through the use of our ‘Progression of Skills’ document. This document contains the lesson objectives which cover the main skills for the topic being taught. Teaching staff are then to use the objectives to create engaging and challenging lessons for all children.
The focus in Key Stage 1 is predominantly developing basic movement skills, such as balance, agility and co-ordination. This is facilitated in multi skills sessions where the children get to experience: gymnastics, dance, small sided team games and ball skills. Key Stage 2 uses the fundamental skills learnt previously and progresses further by linking closely to a number of different sports and activities. Rules to sports are introduced and children are encouraged to reflect on their performances, giving feedback to how they and their peers can improve. In KS2, children cover a range of games including: invasion, striking and fielding, net/wall, athletics, fitness, gymnastics and dance.
Each class has access to two hours of physical activity every week, made up of playtime activities (circuit sessions led by Year 6 children) and quality teaching of P.E. Structured P.E. lessons are either taught by the class teacher or by HLTA’s who have received training and support. During each lesson, children are given the opportunity to practise skills in a variety of ways and each lesson aims to build upon the previous skills, allowing them time to use them effectively. Through the use of external coaches, we also offer different fun and innovative sessions and activities throughout the year.
All Key Stage 2 children receive a minimum of 5 swimming lessons throughout the year. By the end of Key Stage 2 all children should be able to swim 25m without support. To help all children achieve this, we offer further sessions for children who require more swimming practice. In Key Stage 2, the children are also invited to go on a number of residentials. During these residentials the children are given the opportunity to take part in a number of adventurous activities, that we are unable to offer at school.
At St. Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School, we offer a wide range of sporting after-school clubs run by both teaching staff and outside agencies. The clubs offered are changed throughout the year to offer a wide variety. The P.E. budget is spent carefully each year, making sure all sporting equipment is safe, up to date and able to be used effectively. The school have also invested in a number of new facilities for the children to use in lessons and at play times. These include: Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), two new climbing areas and an outdoor gym area.
After evaluating the intentions (stated earlier) St Margaret Mary Catholic Primary School is currently achieving the outcomes set for P.E. Children are making good progress in P.E. and are eager to attend after school clubs and competitive sports events. We also now have more children than ever before taking part in sport outside of school time.