At St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we aim for all our pupils to experience high-quality physical education, school sport and physical activity that will lead to life-long participation. The PE curriculum sets high expectations and provides opportunities for all pupils to achieve, regardless of their previous experiences or abilities. We want all our pupils to benefit from high quality PE provision contributing to a healthy, active lifestyle, improving emotional well-being and mental health, increasing attendance and developing key skills such as confidence, social skills, team building and leadership skills. Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop the fundamental skills and competence to excel in a wide range of physical activities by providing a broad and balanced curriculum with opportunities for all to enjoy.
Additionally, our high-quality PE curriculum develops physical literacy and allows pupils to learn about themselves, the importance of fitness and a healthy lifestyle, self-expression and concepts such as fair play and respect. It contributes to the personal development of a range of important cognitive skills such as decision making and evaluation, creative skills, using their imagination and social skills such as teamwork and communication.
“Develops the key abilities children need to be successful within PE and Sport and across the curriculum”
Pupils at St Joseph’s participate in weekly high-quality PE and sporting activities to develop their fundamental skills. To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in PE, we are currently implementing a new PE programme ‘PE PRO’ that is progressive throughout the whole school. Teachers plan lessons using ‘PE PRO’ and our school progression of knowledge and skills document. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group. We build upon the learning and skill development of the previous years. As the children’s confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding increases, new skills are introduced through direct teaching. Teachers also demonstrate how to use equipment safely as well as using the fundamental skill based videos on the platform to use either before, during or after.
We work alongside many specialist coaches, including Elite Kids Coaching, Pontefract Squash Club, Ackworth School Tennis Coaches and Premier Education providing opportunities for our children to participate in a wide range of sports and activities.
We work closely with our feeder high school St Wilfrid’s, which provides opportunities for our children to compete against other schools in a range of different sports and activities such as swimming, football, cross country, cricket, tag rugby, netball, skipping, athletics and many more. During COVID, these competitions were completed virtually where possible. These tournaments encourage our children to compete against other schools, developing those sportsmanship and fair play skills, learning and preparing them to win or lose games and being able to deal with their emotions. We have weekly afterschool clubs, PE provision during lunchtimes and whole school sports day.
We also have visitors that come into school regularly to deliver assemblies or inspirational talks to promote healthy lifestyles, tackle racism in sport, supporting emotional and mental wellbeing and many more.
St Joseph’s has many sport links in our local community and continues to grow. Our pupils attend our new local swimming club where they can access the state of art facilities. They also attend Pontefract Squash Club which is synonymous to our local area. We work with Cycle North, providing opportunities for our children to learn how to ride a bike without stabilizers and complete their cycling proficiency.
The children enjoy taking on leadership roles and evaluating their own performances as well as encouraging others during PE lessons, playtimes and afterschool clubs and work with specialist coaches to develop these leadership skills, such as communication, organisational and team building skills.
At St Joseph’s we expect:
- To deliver 2 PE sessions per week.
- To allow children to experience competitive situations through competitions, in and outside of school.
- All staff will be good role models in leading an active and healthy lifestyle.
- All staff will display good subject knowledge in areas of PE which they deliver.
- All staff to make PE lessons inclusive for all.
- All staff to formatively assess across each half term.
- To offer opportunities for staff to develop their CPD whereby they can learn from experienced coaches.
- To offer a range of extra-curricular clubs for children.
- To encourage children identified as inactive within school to take part in more physical activity.
- To celebrate sporting achievements regularly.
“Physical Development is one of the three prime areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness and play movement with both objects and adults. By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, adults can support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination, which is later linked to early literacy. Repeated and varied opportunities to explore and play with small world activities, puzzles, arts and crafts and the practice of using small tools, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence”.
The impact of the PE curriculum is that the children will meet their age-appropriate skills in Physical Education and be able to transfer these skills into other sports and everyday activities. It is hoped that physical education will light a love of sport and physical activity, so that our children will engage in extra-curricular sporting opportunities provided by the school and local clubs and agencies. Through our Physical Education curriculum, we believe we can equip children with skills in team building, promote physical and mental health and boost confidence and resilience. As a result of our physical education curriculum we are extremely proud to have been awarded the Silver Award School Games Mark recognising the high standard of our curriculum offer.
The impact of the PE curriculum is that the children will meet their age-appropriate skills in Physical Education and be able to transfer these skills into other sports and everyday activities. It is hoped that physical education will light a love of sport and physical activity, so that our children will engage in extra-curricular sporting opportunities provided by the school and local clubs and agencies. Through our Physical Education curriculum, we believe we can equip children with skills in team building, promote physical and mental health and boost confidence and resilience. As a result of our physical education curriculum we are extremely proud to have been awarded the Gold Award School Games Mark recognising the high standard of our curriculum offer.