What does PE look like at Ruswarp CE Primary School?
Within our PE lessons we aim to:
- Follow a sequential, developmental curriculum that progressively builds on past experiences and incorporates new experiences when children are ready.
- Physical education is a moving experience. We aim to find ways to actively engage all children in moderate to vigorous physical activity for the majority of every lesson, a minimum of 75%.
- In addition to being actively engaged, children also need plenty of opportunities to practice the skill or concept being taught that day. Our quality programme will provide many practice opportunities, sometimes alone, sometimes with a partner and sometimes during small sided games in groups.
- As well as practice periods, we aim to plan lessons so that youngsters of all abilities have high rates of success. When children, particularly unskilled pupils experience success, they are more likely to continue practising and working to improve than when they fail continually.
- We try to promote successful learning experiences in a warm environment in which children are encouraged to practice new skills and improve their fitness levels without feeling embarrassed.
- We aim to make sure all our classes as much fun as possible so that children enjoy and look forward to PE, both at primary and when they start at secondary school.
Why do children need a quality programme of Physical Education?
- Children learn to understand the importance of exercising for a lifetime.
- Regular, physical activity is the best antidote to eliminate obesity and maintain an acceptable body weight. It also provides a positive alternative to watching television or playing on tablets, computers or mobile phones.
- Children learn the fundamental motor skills that enable them to develop the competence that creates confidence and leads to safe and successful participation in a wide range of sports
- Children are encouraged to improve their fitness levels during PE lessons, including muscular and cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility.
- PE promotes opportunities for children to be creative, cooperative and competitive and to face up to different challenges both as individuals and in groups.
- A 'good workout' helps ease stress, tension and anxiety and will result in better attention in class.
- Many activities taught in PE require children to work in groups to solve problems or as a team. These opportunities are excellent for developing both leadership and cooperation skills.
- Sports activities are an excellent way to meet and make new friends. Confidence in one’s physical abilities encourages youngsters, and later adults, to socialise more easily and 'fit into' a variety of situations.
- Children learn to develop the notion of fair play, honest competition, good sportsmanship and dealing with both success and defeat.
- Movement can be used to reinforce the understanding of many subjects taught in the classroom e.g. mathematics. Movement is also associated with enhanced brain functioning.
- PE is especially important to children who have yet to develop their verbal communication skills. Thus, their confidence in physical abilities can lead to positive feelings of self-esteem.
- Through the teaching of the Sporting Values children learn valuable lessons about accepting responsibility for their personal development leading to greater self-discipline.
Our Sporting Values
Keep going no matter what. Determination is about the journey you go on to push yourself and achieve your dreams. Have the mental strength and the self discipline to overcome obstacles, commit to your goals and keep working every day to become the very best you can be. Don’t hold back!
Giving it 100%, putting your heart and soul into whatever you are doing and never giving up. Care about what you do and the people around you, and approach each opportunity with enthusiasm and positivity.
Treating others politely and with understanding. Accepting life’s ‘ups and downs’ with grace. Respect every day, in everything you do and for everyone around you.
With others and with yourself. Have the courage to do the right thing. Be truthful and promote fairness in every situation.
You’ve got to believe to achieve. Have the self belief and confidence to succeed and reach your personal best.
Treat everyone equally, support each other and work together to have fun and achieve. Celebrate each other's success. Be a good friend and a positive team player in school, sport and life.