At Aston St Mary’s School, we aim to develop pupils who will be physically active and can flourish in a range of different physical activities. We know that it is important for children to be active and healthy and, in line with our Christian values, we want all children to feel good about themselves in order to live life abundantly.
The aims of our PE curriculum are to develop pupils who:
- are willing to persevere and practise skills in a range of different activities and situations alone, in small groups and in teams. Then apply these skills in their chosen sports and activities to a high level of performance;
- have and maintain high levels of physical fitness;
- lead a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle and are able to remain physically active for sustained periods of time having an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being;
- employ imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography;
- are able to improve their own and others’ performance;
- have a keen interest in PE – a willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in extra-curricular sport;
- can swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and know how to remain safe in and around water;
- can show good sporting attitudes and are able to negotiate and work well with others in a team;
- show resilience when sporting activities don’t come easy initially.
Every week, each child takes part in at least two hours of physical education. These are delivered by a highly qualified sports coach, who also spends time training members of staff who teach some parts of the PE curriculum. Across the year, children take part in:
- Outdoor and Adventurous activities
Children in Years 3 and 4 also take part in swimming lessons. In Years 5 and 6, we are able to focus on swimming lessons for those who are working towards swimming 25 metres and life-saving skills.
Every child in school also takes part in the Daily Mile. This regular experience of physical fitness is excellent for encouraging children to sustain fitness by engaging in activity little and often. Many children are able to run the whole mile which is encouraged.
At lunchtime, twice a week, children are encouraged to take part in sports clubs that are open to all. There are also a variety of sports clubs available after school which are well attended.
Three times a year, we have special PE days where the children get to try out a range of activities. Children also have the chance to take part in competitive sports and games against other schools whilst always upholding our Christian values.
In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
- Pupil discussions about their learning;
- The annual tracking of standards across the curriculum.
We know that the impact of the curriculum also comes from seeing the enjoyment our children show when taking part in physical activities, as well as the ways that they demonstrate all of our Christian values when working in PE. They show respect, kindness, perseverance and joy.