PE at St Mary’s aims to develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing in our children now and for their future. Physical fitness is an important part of leading a healthier lifestyle. It teaches self-discipline and that to be successful you must work hard, show resilience and have the determination to believe that anything can be achieved.
It is our intent at St Mary’s 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.
Pupils at St Mary’s participate in two high quality PE lessons a week using the Cambridgeshire PE scheme of work. This PE scheme 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. Forest school is also an important part of our school’s PE curriculum, which encourages children to explore, play, learn boundaries of behaviour and grow in confidence, as well as understanding how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. Our school PE curriculum uses an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being including self-confidence and self-esteem.
Our curriculum aims to improve the well being and fitness of all children at St Mary’s not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives. Through teaching PE, we can give children the opportunities to access the next stage within their education.