PE Implementation Statement
At St Paul’s, our PE curriculum is varied and long-term plans ensure that we meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. All pupils receive at least two hours of high quality PE using the vast outside space or school hall. All children have a weekly PE lesson with their class teacher and have weekly sessions with a qualified coach during an enrichment afternoon. During these afternoons, children receive expert coaching to develop fundamental skills through a variety of activities and games suitable to their key stage.
Our PE curriculum is sequenced precisely to ensure progression of knowledge and skills throughout a child’s primary education, thus enabling children to build upon prior experiences and apply these fluently, with confidence. Children also have the opportunity to further these skills at after school sports clubs thus making club links within the community and development officers for specific sports. At St Paul’s we endeavour to provide a broad range of activities based on children’s interests and new initiatives.
Inter and intra sports competitions are a particular strength of the school and we would warmly welcome you to admire our collection of trophies. Although we enjoy the competitive nature of sport, we also appreciate and encourage the importance of children ‘having a go’ and promote positive experiences of being physically active and not always participate to win. We have an inclusive approach and value the importance of physical and mental well-being.
Children take part in a range of invasion, striking & fielding or net & wall games, we promote imagination and creativity in gymnastics and dance as well as provide opportunities for athletics using both indoor and outdoor environments plus outdoor and adventurous activities. Pupils are encouraged to take part in after school clubs and have the opportunity to compete against other schools. In KS2, children go on a residential course for outdoor activities. Children have swimming lessons from their very first year of school and continue every year up to Year 5.
Physical Education is fundamental in developing healthy lifestyles in young people and at St Paul’s we provide a wide array of opportunities to develop this and sporting skills outside of the normal curriculum time. Regular extra-curricular clubs are very popular and offer a wide variety of sports, including: Gymnastics (KS1), Girls and Boys Football, Fencing, Netball, Dance, Cricket, Rounders, Yoga and Athletics.
Playtimes are an important part of our pupils being happy, healthy and ready to learn. We have well-staffed and equipped playgrounds, a sports field, two adventure playgrounds (one for KS1 and one for KS2), skipping ropes and an Outdoor Area specifically for the EYFS children. Also within our vibrant EYFS area we have a new trim trail which was designed to provide opportunities for children to develop and improve fundamental skills using various body parts.
To develop leadership and communication skills, children in Years 5 and 6 children can apply to become a Young Sports Leader which is a responsible role in encouraging younger children to learn how to play collaborative games, respecting rules and to be as active as possible during playtimes. Children selected are positive role-models for younger members of the school, organising lunchtime games and assisting with annual sports days.
At St Paul’s we recognise the importance of being physically active throughout the school day so to reduce sedentary learning, the whole school embraced the ‘Active Maths’ program which is thoroughly enjoyed by both pupils and staff, children are fully engaged and enthused. Throughout the day classes have the option to log onto ‘5 a day Fitness’ and increase levels of activity. Soon, we will launch the ‘Daily Mile’ to help meet the government target of all children being physically active for 60 minutes per day.