At St George’s School, we consider sport and physical education to be integral for each child’s health and wellbeing. We follow the EYFS Statutory Framework 2021 and the National Curriculum which identifies and groups subject objectives for KS1 and KS2. For more information on the National Curriculum for Physical Education please follow the links below.
PESSPA (Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity)
At St George's we plan our PE Curriculum in line with the National Curriculum objectives and the PESSPA values. Through Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity we aim to inspire and enable all children to lead a physically active life, be confident both physically and emotionally and enjoy opportunities to challenge themselves personally as well as to compete competitively. We provide opportunities for children to compete against themselves to achieve their personal best and to compete competitively in both inter and intra school competitions.
At St George's School we want our PESSPA provision to provide a positive experience for every child through participation in a range of PESSPA activities. We encourage all children to enjoy an active lifestyle and to value and understand the positive impact that physical activity can have on both their physical and mental health.
At St George's we use the Get Set 4 PE scheme. We have mapped this out carefully to ensure coverage is in the right order for our mixed age classes. Skills and knowledge are clearly identified and built on as children move through the school. The children are taught the PE curriculum by professional sports coaches and instructors and skilled teachers. This ensures that the children develop the necessary skills to take part in a variety of sports alongside communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. For further information please take a look at the Progression Map and Long Term Plan overview for our two year learning cycle.
Children from Years 3 to Year 6 spend three half terms terms each year attending swimming lessons at our local swimming pool where they learn how to swim alongside essential water safety skills.
We are incredibly proud to have earned the Gold School Games Mark 2023.
At St George’s School all children have the regular opportunity to learn and compete across a wide variety of sports with other local primary schools. We are part of the High Peak School & Sport Partnership and have a full calendar of festivals and competitions which every member of the school can participate in.
Last year, we took part in weekly competitions with other schools; pupils participated in a range of sports including football, basketball, dodgeball, dance, athletics and archery. They conducted themselves in a professional manner and had great fun taking part in all of the activities and representing their school.
This year, we have a busy calendar of events ahead, covering a large range of sports, there really is something for everyone.
Get Set 4 PE Progression Ladders
Physical Education - Progression of Knowledge and Skills
Physical Education Long Term Plan 2 Year Cycle
Through teaching PE, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of the body’s performance when exercising; this leaves pupils amazed at the body’s ability. This is also linked to the Christian value ‘perseverance’, as pupils have to show perseverance when exploring the body’s capabilities. Through Dance and sports such as Gymnastics pupils are being creative, expressing feelings and emotions in their performances. Allowing pupils’ reflection time to evaluate their experiences allows them to build a positive mindset and promotes progression. Pupils will also see a sense of awe and wonder when observing elite performance from professional athletes and their peers.
Living a healthy lifestyle and promoting healthy living is apparent in each PE lesson at St. George's. Pupils develop the ability to tell between right and wrong through fair play in sporting events and participating in competitive situations, giving pupils a sense of justice, and how to respond appropriately when they feel there is an injustice. The frequent opportunity given to pupils to umpire and referee supports the importance of abiding by rules. Pupils are challenged to consider ethical and moral issues by discussing the use of enhancement drugs in sport and how fair or unfair this may be.
The nature of PE allows all pupils to develop the necessary skills to work in teams or pairs, as the majority of activities are based around team games or creating sequences in groups, co-operation with others is paramount to success. Giving the pupils roles such as leaders, coaches, or umpires, and offers pupils the opportunity to develop their communication skills, leadership skills and the ability to settle any discrepancies which may occur. Pupils are encouraged to reflect upon feelings of enjoyment and determination.
Pupils are given the opportunity to explore dances and learn games from different traditions and cultures including their own. Pupils also recognise and discuss the differences between male and female roles within sport, at both elite and amateur levels. Compassion and respect for other cultures and traditions is also displayed by all when exploring unfamiliar games or dances. Pupils will discuss how culture affects what sports different nations excel at and how cultural traditions can affect which sports men and women participate in.
Specific examples of Spiritual, Moral Social and Cultural Develop in Physical Education include:
- Pupils learning to cope with both success and defeat with dignity.
- Pupils discussing learning objectives and reflect upon issues as well as listening to others opinions.
- Strategies and tactics being introduced to pupils
- The role of coaches, leaders, and umpires are used to develop pupils’ sense of right and wrong.
- Pupils witnessing positive behaviour in PE and are allowed the opportunity to reflect upon the need for rules and fair play.
- Pupils becoming aware of different cultural attitudes towards aspects of physical activity.
- Discovering the role of sport and dance within society including learning dances and games from different traditions.
- Pupils learning to cope with their emotions in socially acceptable way during competitive situations
PE provides a code of conduct for the school that permeates all subjects, including PE. Pupils are taught about the need for different roles and different responsibilities, including teamwork and decision making. PE also provides a pupil voice for PE & School Sport (e.g. re curriculum, extracurricular activities, kit).
The Rule of Law
Children are taught about age appropriate rules, fairness and respect, through a variety of PE activities. Children learn to work individually and in groups. An established ethos in PE with regard to how to win and lose fairly and understand good sports personship. Competition against oneself is encouraged in addition to competition against others.
PE recognises individual differences. There is an ethos where the views of individual pupils are listened to and respected within an acceptable framework. Pupils are taught safely and about safety within PE lessons, sports and competitions.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance
Pupils are taught about historical, cultural and religious differences, through a variety of PE activities. The culture in PE respects cultural differences. Pupils are taught about the environment and different activity contexts. There are appropriate rewards and sanctions in PE for inappropriate behaviour. St. George's engages in competition and encourages competition within and across the community.
Part of providing a meaningful PE offer for ALL pupils is being proactive and effective in identifying, addressing, raising awareness and closing inequalities. All staff at St George's promote an inclusive practice, especially in supporting pupils with protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation). St. George's take steps to eliminate discrimination, reduce in-equality, promote equity and strive for social justice.
This includes having due regard for the need to:
- provide equal opportunities to all children with regards to PE and sports
- meet the needs of all children through a tailored and adapted PE curriculum.
- encourage those who share a protected characteristic to participate in PE and sports activities competitions.
Useful links and websites including things you can do with your child
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ - Joe Wicks