Why is Physical Education important ? Why does it matter? How does studying Physical Education help young people to achieve?
At Callicroft, we strongly believe in the importance of physical activity, through the form of a range of structured Physical Education (PE) and guided play opportunities. Our PE curriculum encourages all learners to be physically active, improving their physical literacy and fundamental movement skills. We want to provide a lasting, sustainable and positive affect on physical health and sport within school and our community.
With the rise in childhood obesity and increase in emotional and behavioural mental health disorders it is essential that we support our learners to engage in physical activity. Being physically active can nurture positive mental wellbeing, reduce anxiety and stress, increase self – confidence and concentration as well as increase physical wellbeing. We want our learners to grow into happy, healthy adults who maintain a lifelong love of physical activity.
Our learners will be offered 2 hours of PE a week. These lessons will be based upon a fundamental movement curriculum for 1 hour and a variety of seasonal sports for the second hour throughout the academic year.
At Key Stage 1, learners will have access to a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance, coordination, individually and with others during their PE lessons. Through structured play and forest school, children will be creative and imaginative, develop resilience, and build friendships and relationships, whilst exploring the world around them.
Key Stage 2 learners will develop a broader range of fundamental movement skills and apply them into a variety of games and sports, competing individually and against others. They will learn how to recognise their own success and how to improve in different physical activities and sports. Learners will develop resilience, confidence and independence and be encouraged to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
All of our learners will have access to lunchtime and after-school sports clubs to encourage them to increase the amount of exercise they do each day to 60 minutes. The range of clubs will increase participation in sport through virtual, inter- and intra- competition.
We want our learners to embrace an active lifestyle by also walking, biking and scooting to school. Being physically active helps to promote physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Therefore we have used our Sports and PE Premium Funding to provide;
- Specialised Professional Development for teachers.
- Strategic leadership of PE and Sports within the school.
- A co-ordinated approach to inter- and intra- school competition across the Trust.
- Lunchtime play leader programme and training, that enables all children to be active all lunchtime.
- Trust-wide gala’s, sports events and athletic meets.
- An elite, talent spotting, signposting programme for those young people with particular talent and promise.