At St John’s School, we aim to create and nurture a culture which aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy PE, encourage each other and where all abilities and efforts are recognised as well as where children are encouraged to achieve their personal goals. We want to promote children to lead healthy and active lifestyles; improve emotional well-being, as well as promote positive behaviour. In addition, we look to develop key skills such as leadership, confidence, resilience, social and team building skills. Through the use of a structured, progressive PE programme, the children develop their fundamental skills; agility, balance and co-ordination and are given many opportunities to apply these skills in competitive situations, individual and within a team.
It is our intent to teach children life skills that will positively impact on their future. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical activities. We want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.
The aims for our PE curriculum is to ensure all pupils:
Follow a broad and balanced PE curriculum fulfilling the demands of the National Curriculum.
To ensure every child moving on to secondary school can swim 25m and has basic water safety skills.
Provide every child with an opportunity to represent the school in a competitive sports fixture.
Develop programmes that meet the needs of all the children, providing equal opportunities – inclusion of SEN and physical disabilities.
Make allowances for children with disabilities and medical conditions through modified and mini versions of games and practices.
Ensure that pupils are physically active for sustained periods of time.
Lead healthy and active lives both in and outside of school.
Develop physical literacy and the fundamental knowledge, understanding and skills to excel in a wide range of physical activities.
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 work closely with our local secondary school and School Games Organiser as well attend local community-based festivals and tournaments to provide children with well rounded, broad experiences.
Our physical education curriculum has been designed to cover the skills, knowledge and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum.
The PE Curriculum is organised and sequenced so that children’s knowledge and skills are developed progressively both through units of lessons as well as year on year. Pupils participate in a minimum of two, one hourly high-quality PE lessons a week with pupils in Key Stage 2 pupils also taking part in the daily mile. Swimming lessons are organised on a two-year rolling programme with Year 3 and 4 attending. We also provide opportunities for top up swimming on a yearly basis to ensure that pupils leave St John’s School as safe, competent swimmers. Our PE programme incorporates a variety of sports to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance, and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities before, during and after school, in addition to competitive sporting events. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being.
Inter and intra sports competitions are offered to all children at least once throughout each key stage. Although at St. John’s 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.
Playtimes are an important part of our pupils being happy, healthy and ready to learn. We have a well-staffed and equipped playground, a sports field, and an active trail to provide opportunities for children to develop and improve fundamental skills whilst being active during break and lunchtimes. To develop leadership and communication skills, children in Year 6 can apply to become a 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.
At St. John’s, we help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. We want to aid our children in obtaining the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as modestly celebrating their own successes. From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE.