PE and Sports
Statement and aims:
At St. Stephens Physical education (PE) is a unique and vital contributor to a pupils' physical development and well-being. At St. Stephens PE is facilitated in a controlled and supportive environment. Progressive learning objectives, combined with sympathetic and varied teaching approaches, endeavour to provide an, enjoyable, satisfying and appropriately challenging learning experiences for all pupils. A broad and balanced PE curriculum is intended to provide pupils' increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations in order for these to be achieved then the delivery of the PE curriculum needs to have clear objectives, well delivered and confidently taught.
It is important that PE is perceived by both teacher and pupils as a valuable subject in its own right not as an optional activity. Whilst retaining its unique contribution to a pupil's movement education, physical education also has considerable potential to contribute to much wider areas of learning. Throughout PE lessons at St. Stephens it has to maintain differentiation by skill, equipment. Furthermore, Pupils of low ability need constant reassurance and patience to help improve their confidence, where group activity is applicable the teacher must allocate groups and not let the children do so. These may be mixed ability or streamed depending on the activity. The PE curriculum is structured so that consistent progression is achieved throughout lessons. This could be in various games such as Basketball, Football, Netball and Cricket etc. Every PE lesson is structured around the skills chart (see Appendix 1) where a focus skill will be taught within that particular lesson. In addition, the PE curriculum map is based around our competition schedule so that pupils are able to try different sports in school then have the opportunity to represent the school at competitions. Below is an example of the progression of skills used within St. Stephens PE lessons.
Monitoring and Assessing:
The PE coordinator is responsible for monitoring & delivering PE at St. Stephens supports gives ideas to other members of staff to improve the teaching and learning of PE. Continual observations and assessments are made of pupils' performances and their abilities during each lesson. The feedback is immediate and relative to the objective of the lesson. Pupils must also have the opportunity to assess their own performances and reflect upon how they can extend and develop their skills. This is being made easier through the use of ICT, where performances can be recorded and then scrutinized by the pupils.
Equipment and Resources:
The responsibility for purchasing and maintaining the PE equipment is down to the PE coordinator. It is their responsibility to look to the future and consider the replacement of equipment is planned and budgeted for.
At St. Stephen's we are well resourced with safe, modern and easy to use equipment. A wide range of games and athletics equipment is located in the outdoor PE cupboard. Some outdoor equipment is available to children during lunchtime, this is distributed and collected by sports leaders monitored by PE coordinator. Gymnastics and indoor games equipment is located in the school hall. All staff are aware of the resources available and know where they are kept. All the pupils are taught to manage and use the apparatus and equipment safely and effectively. Dependent on weather, the school has access to a large field where children can use the football goals, various pieces of static play equipment and a climbing wall & Spider Web.
Pupils should have:
- Shorts of an appropriate nature
- T-shirt — no buttons or zips
- Plimsolls/Trainer for indoor use
- Trainers for outdoor use
- Tracksuit, sweatshirt or suitable clothing for outdoor lessons
At St. Stephens we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities that are available to all pupils. This is to help encourage pupils to be physically active and enjoy school sport and to try new sports and continue to develop their love for sport.
A range of extra-curricular clubs are available at St Stephens, these are: -
- Cross Country
- Dance (various styles)
- Boxing (Non-Contact)