PE promotes the development of physical skills as well as providing children with an opportunity to be physically active therefore increasing their health. It allows pupils to participate in a range of games and competition. Through PE children will develop; skills specific to sports and games but as importantly children will develop an awareness of their body in action and physical development. PE provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and to face different challenges as individuals and in groups and teams. It promotes positive attitudes towards active and healthy life styles.
PE in our school develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding so they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. While teaching and demonstrating, attitudes, values and behaviours to initiate and maintain a physically active lifestyle that will continue into and through adulthood.
In our school, a positive, supportive environment is important to the success of the physical education programme. Such an environment accommodates a variety of individual differences such as previous movement experiences, fitness and skill levels, physical maturity. This inclusive learning atmosphere allows students to experience positive, challenging and enjoyable PE lessons.
PE in our school is valued as a way to promote positive mental health and we encourage the children to participate in physical activity as a way of not only improving our physical health but also as a way of improving our mental health. As a school we value physical activity and by putting regular physical activity at the heart of school life, we are assisting and helping improve the health and well-being of our children and young people not only now but into the future. PE in our school provides children with the opportunity to express themselves physically, challenge themselves and others, experience different surroundings and activities, work together and release energy which helps de-stress and reduce anxiety levels.
Children begin acquiring skills and knowledge about their body and control in the early years. Where through continuous provision, both inside and out, children are given the opportunity to enhance the key skills need to create a strong foundation for sports but also to develop the skills needed for writing. These include, but are not limited to; development of motor skills (running, climbing, throwing, catching etc), development and building of strong muscles and bones, Improved Physical and Mental Health State, improving personal, emotional and social skills and the development of their talents. Children will participate in a range of psycho-motor (movement) activities in order to develop their gross and fine motor skills which are essential for early writing. In our school, children get specific PE lessons linked to a theme that they are learning about in class.