Physical education develops the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. These include dance, games, gymnastics, swimming and water safety, athletics and outdoor adventure activities.
Physical education promotes an understanding in children of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Thus we enable them to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives.
Our aims at St Clement’s are:
- to enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination;
- to encourage children to work and play with others in a range of group situations;
- to develop the way children perform skills and apply rules and conventions for different activities;
- to increase children’s ability to use what they have learnt to improve the quality and control of their performance;
- to teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise;
- to develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination;
- to develop an understanding in children of how to succeed in a range of physical activities and how to evaluate their own success.
In KS1, children at St Clement’s are taught the fundamental movement skills that will enable them to take part in activities and become more confident in their own movement. They will develop their co-ordination, balance and agility both on their own and as part of a team. Our aim is to provide the children with the basic movement skills (throwing, catching, running and jumping) and give them the opportunities to apply them in a range of activities.
As the children move up the school, they are given the opportunities to apply these skills further in more structured game situations. They are taught how to develop these skills so that they can cooperated, collaborate and compete with each other. As the children move into KS2 the children apply their skills in a wide range of PE lessons taught by both teachers and qualified coaches, including swimming.
All children at St Clement’s are taught about healthy living and the benefits of exercise. All children are also invited to take part in a wide range of clubs that are both competitive and non-competitive.