At St Mary’s we believe it is important that as children grow and develop, they understand the importance of physical activity in developing and maintaining their health and well-being. We provide a full curriculum that supports pupils to become physically confident, reinforce health and fitness and develop individual talent.
At St Mary’s, we put physical activity at the heart of developing a healthy lifestyle. We believe that P.E. and developing an enjoyment of sport is key to adopting a healthy mind and body throughout life. Our aim is to deliver a curriculum that enables our children to develop skills to find success and enjoyment in a range of physical activities. This will enable them to be ready to develop positive attitudes, skills, and fitness and potentially engage in elite sports as they progress to secondary school.
Teaching children to become agile, confident, sports participants is a motivating and exciting part of what we do at St Mary’s. We create opportunities for sports participation and being physically active both within the curriculum, as well as during extra-curricular activities.
We want children to explore a range of sporting activities to:
Discover the activities they gain enjoyment from
Develop physical skills and agility
Wish to pursue, in order to maintain a healthier lifestyle both physically and mentally
P.E. will prepare children to have an understanding of the importance of physical fitness and agility. As well as the confidence to have an involvement in the wider community.
Diversity of sport is prioritised in order to allow children to find an activity they enjoy. Underpinning this is a progressive development of skills to enable them to confidently participate in a range of sports. Our aim is for all children to regularly participate in physical activity, maintain a good level of fitness, develop skills and understand how and why a healthy lifestyle is important. These opportunities are afforded to all children, no matter what their starting level.
P.E. is planned through Get Set 4 P.E. to cover all National Curriculum objectives through a variety of sports. Skills within each lesson build on previous learning. Most units (and when not, the skills from the unit are utilised in future lessons,) are revisited later in the Keystage to develop skills and tactics appropriate to the game or sport. Swimming lessons are delivered at Highbury Leisure Better Centre. All children in KS2 are given the opportunity to learn to swim, develop a range of strokes and understand aspects of the need for water safety. Experts in their field of practice are also used to support staff in the delivery of some parts of the P.E. curriculum. Cross curricular links for characteristics of the P.E. curriculum are developed in Science, Maths, Literacy and Topic.
Children are given the opportunity to experience and develop skills in a wide range of sporting activities. This occurs through delivery of the P.E. curriculum (Get Set 4 PE), involvement with lunchtime and after school activities. As the children move through the school, they continue to develop their gross and fine motor skills. Additional to this, a sense of fair play and sportsmanship is nurtured. All aspects of physical activity is underpinned by a drive to expend energy and exert the body and mind to develop fitness on a daily basis. The opportunity to take part in the daily mile and organised activities at lunchtime enable every child to have the opportunity to achieve this.
Adults across the school act as role models for P.E. by ensuring that children have access to good quality equipment, recognising and rewarding children for development during activities, wearing sports clothing for P.E. and taking children to extra-curricular competitions, as well as our off-site Sports day (in the summer term at Highbury Field’s).
St Mary’s has a tarmacked playground, football and basketball playground areas, climbing frames and a range of sports equipment to support the curriculum and extra-curricular activities. The P.E. Coordinator regularly checks and updates equipment. All classes are timetabled twice a week for P.E. sessions and participation in the daily mile twice a week.
Additional to progress made during lessons, all children encouraged to join the school football teams. We take part in regular school and borough competitions.
Assessment of skills, identified within the P.E. National Curriculum, is carried out lesson by lesson. The Get Set 4 P.E. scheme has clear success criteria for each lesson enabling staff to identify skills acquired and plan future lessons to build on those skills. Children are encouraged to peer assess, offering constructive feedback to aid further development during each lesson.
These judgements will be quality assured by subject leaders using first-hand evidence of how pupils are doing, drawing together evidence from lesson observations, evidence through photographs and pupil voice to monitor ongoing progress.
Assessments will inform the curriculum and whether children are ready for the next stage in the curriculum.
Our football team are very committed to training, we are very proud of reaching the semi-finals last year! We are very proud of our pupil achieving the award of ‘highest goal scorer’ in Islington!