St. Francis’ school recognises the benefits of a strong Physical Education (PE) Curriculum and extra-curricular activity on developing a healthy body, improving academic performance, improved social skill and the raising of self-esteem. At least two hour sessions per week are dedicated to physical activity in the curriculum. The high profile of PE at St. Francis and is reflected in the children’s attendance at the extended school sports clubs as well as the achievement of the children at organised interschool competitions.
In April 2013, the Government announced funding (Sport Premium) for physical education and sport to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision in schools. We must use this funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport we offer.
This means that we use the premium to:
- develop or add to the PE and sport activities that we already offer
- build capacity and capability within our school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.
Sport is a huge part of life at St Francis Catholic Primary School
We aim to inspire and provide an inclusive atmosphere for all ages and abilities. Opportunities vary from Sports clubs to County sports coinciding with the PE provision offered throughout the school.
Key Stage 1 PE
Teaching should ensure that when ‘evaluating and improving performance’, connections are made between ‘developing, selecting and applying skills, tactics and compositional ideas’, and ‘fitness and health’.
During Key Stage 1 pupils build on their natural enthusiasm for movement, using it to explore and learn about their world. They start to work and play with other pupils in pairs and small groups. By watching, listening and experimenting, they develop their skills in movement and coordination, and enjoy expressing and testing themselves in a variety of situations.
Key Stage 2 PE
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
Swimming activities and water safety
All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.
In particular, pupils should be taught to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
Health and safety note
The general teaching requirement for health and safety applies in this subject.