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Physical Education at Christ the King

Physical Education Curriculum Statement

Intent

At Christ the King, we strive to create a culture which aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy PE, encourage each other and achieve our personal best. We provide a safe and supportive environment for children to flourish in a range of different physical activities which is essential in supporting not only their physical, but also their emotional, social, moral and cognitive development.

We offer a dynamic, varied and stimulating program of activity to ensure that all children progress physically through an inspirational, unique and fully inclusive PE curriculum. We encourage all children to develop their understanding of the way in which they can use their body, equipment and apparatus safely yet imaginatively to achieve their personal goals. All children have the opportunity to enjoy being physically active, maintain a healthy lifestyle and using the medium of sport, increase their self-esteem. We aspire for children to adopt a positive mind-set and believe that anything can be achieved with determination and resilience.

The aim of Physical Education is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Children are taught to observe and produce the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators. Thus embedding life-long values such as co-operation, collaboration and equity of play. As a Catholic school, the Gospel Virtues we strive to follow underpin everything we do which leads to children playing fairly and respectfully. In a generation which is becoming increasingly less active, we want our children to understand the positive effects of staying physically active. Furthermore, we encourage our children to adopt an active travel to school to not only improve their own fitness but also become aware of the positive impact this can have on the environment. 

We provide opportunities for children to attend swimming lessons to allow them to become confident in the water, knowing how to keep safe and also meet the National Curriculum requirements of swimming 25m by the end of year 6. 

Our PE Curriculum, along with PSHE and science, teaches children about the importance of healthy living and learning about the need for good nutrition. We aim for children to develop the necessary knowledge and skills which will have a positive impact on their future by becoming physically active citizens to benefit their long-term health and well-being. 

 

 

Implementation

At Christ the King, our PE curriculum is varied and long-term plans ensure that we meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. Each week, all pupils receive at least two hours of high quality PE using the outside space or school hall - covering two sporting disciplines

every half term. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extracurricular activities. Lunch time sports clubs are available each day and children can attend after school sport clubs two evenings per week.  

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. We endeavour to provide a broad range of activities based on children’s interests and new initiatives.

Inter and intra sports competitions are regular events over the academic year and increasingly over recent years our school has attended local competitions within our local sporting partnership. Pupils are encouraged to take part in after-school clubs and have the opportunity to compete against other schools. 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. Through a range of activities we encourage children to concentrate on putting in maximum effort to be the best they can be. 

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. We have also added yoga onto our curriculum map which encourages less strenuous activity and can provide a welcomed mindfulness opportunity for our students. In KS2, children go on residential trips which provides a fantastic opportunity for outdoor activities. 

Physical Education is fundamental in developing healthy lifestyles in young people and at Christ the King 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 which are ever-changing to meet the desire of the pupils, as well as ensuring they are inclusive, friendly and encouraging environments. 

Playtimes are an important part of our pupils being happy, healthy and ready to learn. We have well-staffed and equipped playgrounds, 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.

We recognise the importance of being physically active throughout the school day so to reduce sedentary learning, the whole school, as often as possible, try to adopt the ‘Active Maths’ program. Soon, we will launch the ‘Daily Mile’ to help meet the government target of all children being physically active for 60 minutes per day.

Impact

To fulfil our vision by inspiring a generation, we motivate children to participate in a variety of sports which are engaging and fun. We inspire children to instinctively utilise skills and knowledge acquired during PE lessons, encouraging them to take responsibility for their own health and fitness thus developing a love of sport leading to a happy and healthy life.

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