PE At SSMJ
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
At SSMJ we believe that a balance and range of opportunity underpins everything we plan and deliver. Since the beginning of the human species there has always been a need to move and be active but as time has gone bye, and technological advances have been made, there has been an increase in sedentary lifestyles and the associated health problems. There is strong and consistent evidence that doing regular, moderate-intensity physical activity provides a range of physical, intellectual and emotional benefits for everyone. At our school we recognise the importance of being fit and agile and the effect it has on a child’s health and wellbeing, their ability to learn effectively and achieve in school.
As a healthy school we want to promote participation in sport and physical activity and believe we have an important role in partnership with the family and wider community in promoting physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. Information on our PE curriculum, extra-curricular activities and how we use our Schools Sports Premium Funding can be found on our website.
We also aim to increase enjoyment and participation in sport and physical activity for all pupils.
St Michael And St Johns RC Primary School believes that Physical Education (PE), experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health. We intend to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical education and in developing life skills. We want to teach children skills to keep them safe such as being able to swim. We also want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at SSMJ, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes.
PE at SSMJ provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor & adventure.
The long term plan sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met.
Pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week. In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extra-curricular activities. Lunch time sports clubs are available and children can attend a range of after school sport clubs. As a school we are always developing these clubs to offer as many sporting experiences as possible.
Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children.
Each year 2 children from each class are nominated to become Sports Council Members for the school. We also have 2 members of Year 6 who are our Sports Ambassadors. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunch-time clubs, our annual Sports day and any other Sporting activities.
Children in Year 5 swim once a week during a term in the school year. We repeat the 10 week course later in school for any children that are still unable to swim.
We are soon to launch the “Daily Mile”, to help meet the government target of all children being active for at least 60 minutes a day.
We ensure relevant staff access high quality professional development annually on PE and physical activity to keep them updated on key related issues and ensure they are confident to teach the full breadth of the curriculum. We participate in training and projects run by the LA and other organisations. New members of staff receive induction training on the teaching of physical activity as appropriate to their role.
We help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE.
Our Sports Council this year consists of two children from each class.
These children are all:
- Enthusiastic about sport.
-Interested in developing sport and PE in school.
-Full of good ideas.
-A good role model for sporting behaviour.
At SSMJ, how do our children access 'physical activity'?
'The Chief Medical Officers’ guidance on daily physical activity levels sets out that children should do at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Schools should ensure all pupils have access to 30 minutes of physical activity every day...'
At SSMJ, we offer our children the following:
- 15 minute morning playtime each day.
- 1 hour lunchtime (with at least 45 minutes of that spent outside)
- A afternoon break for KS1 (15 minutes)
- 2 x 1hour PE slots for each class per week.
- Access to after-school sports clubs which run for 1 hour per week (Football, netball etc)