The aim of Physical Education at St. Paul’s is to provide an extensive range of opportunities to ALL children both in school and out. This means providing a considerable number of extra-curricular activities, whilst also providing opportunities to take part in intra and inter school competitions. We can identify inactive children and ensure they also have opportunities to increase participation in a range of sports. At St Paul’s we believe it is vital that we teach the importance of values such as personal challenge, fairness, failure, respect and teamwork. We deliver high quality PE lessons from detailed session plans that ensure children:
· develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
· are physically active for sustained periods of time
· engage in competitive sports and activities
· lead healthy, active lives
The ultimate goal is to prepare students to be active and healthy not only at St. Paul’s but for a lifetime.
PE is taught by a specialist sports coach once a week with additional schemes used during the week to ensure the minimum requirement that children are active is met and exceeded. We use the PE passport app to provide detailed session plans, tracking and assessment of skills, monitor participation in extra curricular activities/competitions and events and to target those children who are less active.
Children cover a minimum of 6 sports across an academic year over a two-year timetable to ensure skills are covered in a range of sports in lower and upper school. Some of the sports covered include football, netball, cricket, tennis, dodgeball, basketball, tag rugby, gymnastics, athletics, dance, hockey and rounders.
Each year group also attend termly swimming sessions to ensure that children can swim at least 25m using a range of strokes and are able to perform a range of self-rescue scenarios.
The impact of this is that children can:
· Show co-ordination, agility, balance and flexibility across a wide range of skills in a variety of different sports.
· Swim at least 25m using a range of strokes and perform self-rescue scenarios by the time they leave St Paul’s.
· Understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle
· Experience a range of emotions participating in sport but are able to understand values such as fairness, failure, respect and teamwork.
· Have the opportunity to participate in a range of sports during PE lessons, lunch/afterschool clubs, competitions and events.
Progression of Skills
Physical Education Enrichment at St Paul's
* We provide an extensive extra-curricular sports timetable at St Paul’s, offering at least 2 lunch and 2 afterschool clubs every day.
* We are members of the Somerset School Games and Mendip Cross Country League to provide opportunities of inter-school competition in a wide range of sports and often have up to 3 teams to extend the opportunity to a greater number of children.
* We host half termly intra-school house team competitions between each class and also a termly whole school competition.
* We are members of Somerset CCC. This provides us with 6 weeks of free coaching from a qualified cricket coach and allows us to attend The Coopers AssociatesCounty Ground each year for their annual school’s day.
* We have a link with our local secondary school (Whitstone School) to provide a weekly gifted and talented after school club making use of their excellent facilities.
* We hold a Healthy School Week to ensure children are aware of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. This includes focus on physical and mental wellbeing and the importance of a healthy diet.
* We use Premier Education to provide access to alternative sports such as archery, street surfing, fencing and arrow tag. This gives the children a greater variety of sports to experience.