At St Teresa of Lisieux we believe that physical education forms a key element of every child’s education. We want all of our children to leave the school physically literate with an understanding of how physical education forms part of a healthy lifestyle. We want to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities through an inclusive, well-balanced and broad curriculum. Through the EYFS and KS1 children will develop fundamental skills through agility, balance and co-ordination – they will continue to develop and build upon these skills in KS2 and apply them in a range of sporting activities. We understand how P.E. and sport can support the catholic ethos of the school through promoting honesty, passion, respect, determination, self-belief and teamwork.
Primary National Curriculum for Physical Education
- All children from Nursery to Year 6 take part in weekly P.E. sessions.
- Qualified sports coaches are utilised to work alongside teachers to provide high quality P.E. lessons whilst also providing CPD for staff.
- Lessons are highly engaging with sustained periods of physical activity.
- All lessons are differentiated so that every child is able to participate to the best of their abilities – including children with physical disabilities, children on the SEND register and children who have a temporary injury.
- Lessons are challenging for all pupils with the opportunity for children to select their own level of challenge and have the opportunity to improve upon their personal best.
- Support and challenge is provided by following the S.T.E.P.S. model of Space, Time, Equipment, People, Support; each of these elements can be altered during the session by the teacher or the child themselves to provide additional challenge/support where necessary.
- Leadership is encouraged in each session with children given opportunities to take the lead.
- Children are provided with opportunities to reflect upon their learning and performance and analyse and improve the performance of themselves and others.
- Throughout the year all children participate in Dance, Gymnastic, Games and Athletics lessons – these lessons are skills based with progression built year upon year.
- Children in Years 5 and 6 are provided with swimming lessons throughout the year enabling them to swim a minimum of 25 metres – confidently, competently and proficiently – perform safe self-rescue and perform a range of strokes effectively.
- Physical activity is part of the whole school day and is not limited to P.E. lessons with all children participating in The Daily Mile, 5-A-Day.TV active movement breaks and active playground activities to contribute to 30 minutes of additional physical activity for all children.
- Children are given the opportunity to apply their learning to competitive situations through our involvement with The School Games.
- Children are provided with the opportunity to participate in intra-school sport competitions which then feed through into inter-school sporting competition as part of our partnership with Liverpool School Sports Partnership. This provides a clear pathway for children into sport.
- School sport is celebrated each year by holding successful sports days during National School Sports Week.