"Learning to move and moving to learn."
Physical Education at St Joseph's Primary Schools is valued for its unique contribution to developing children’s physical, social, interpersonal and emotional skills. It provides opportunities for children to be creative and competitive while learning to work with and respect others.
At St Joseph's Primary Schools children learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, often in pairs and small groups, helping them to develop the quality and effectiveness of their work. The children across our school develop confidence and competence in performing different skills and build a resilience to overcome challenges as they arise. A positive attitude towards active lifestyles is promoted and we aim to introduce children to lifelong physical activity.
This is provided by the children having access to a wide range of sporting extra curricular clubs which accommodate a wide variety of interests both before, during and after school.
Children in all year groups work with sports coaches to enhance their skills across the PE curriculum for at least 2 hours per week. In the Foundation Stage children are encouraged to access a wide range of physical activity provision throughout the indoor and outdoor classroom as well as taking part in set PE sessions. Physical Development is one of the areas in the Early Years Foundation Stage where children learn to explore, experiment and refine their social, gross and fine motor skills. In Key Stage 1 children build on their early experiences and move into paired and group activities. They begin to develop their fundamental movement skills and play different games, explore and link actions, improve coordination and balance. They begin to express ideas and feelings about their own performances. In Key Stage 2 Children build on their previous experiences through a broader PE curriculum.
They learn specific skills and refine and improve existing ones. The children develop confidence to evaluate their own and other performances and reflect on how they can improve. They learn to work as a team in pairs and small groups as well as taking part in competitive experiences so that they develop a greater awareness of the importance for their actions as well as winning.