Physical Education (PE) is one of the only subjects in a school that engages a child’s mind, body and spirit, promotes their physical and emotional well-being, helps them to learn better and develops the character they need to become happy, active and healthy individuals.
Here at St Mary’s, we have these key elements at the heart of every PE lesson; striving for every adult and child to be the best they can be. We have a rich and inclusive PE curriculum in place, which caters for all children and abilities. PE has a huge place here at St. Mary’s; children have the recommended 2 hours lesson time of PE a week, which is in line with the National Curriculum guidelines, as well as having extra opportunities to participate in sport through a large variety of before and after school clubs and sporting competitions throughout the school year.
Children have their first experience of PE at St Mary’s in their early years, a pivotal stage in any child’s development. During their EYFS, PE lessons will focus on developing their Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) and competency in FMS has been seen as a pivotal element in effective participation in physical education, confirming the need for children to experience high quality PE from an early age.
As children progress further up the school, their PE lessons will become more games and skill based; providing them with game-like scenarios where they must apply their knowledge and skills learnt. The skills the children learn throughout their PE lessons can be transferred across the curriculum such as problem-solving skills, communication, teamwork and so much more.