Our physical education curriculum is designed to engage all pupils in activities, competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We have aligned our learning to the main categories of sport which are:
- Invasion games
- Striking and fielding
- Net/wall and Target games
- Artistic performance (dance and gymnastics)
- Outdoor and adventurous activities
- Swimming and water safety
As with other subject areas, within each unit of study, pupils build a repertoire of skills and knowledge under each sporting category. In many cases the skills and knowledge are transferrable which helps establish authentic links. This is particularly the case when considering tactics, movements and strategies within game situations, i.e. the concept of attack/defence, finding and creating space, passing, shooting, point scoring etc.
Given the active nature of physical education, pupils learn to identify and manage risk, particularly in outdoor and adventurous activities along swimming. Engagement in such activities also play a significant part in building resilience and confidence which are key transferrable and essential traits for all learners.
Another strand of knowledge which pupils gain is the important understanding how exercise and participation in physical activity can support both physical health and wellbeing. This of course forges strong links with subject content in RHSE and science and reinforces understanding. This supports the overarching aim of helping pupils to lead healthy, active lives beyond primary school and into adulthood.
As pupils become more competent and confident, they can apply their knowledge and skills in a wider range of contexts including representing the school in various tournaments, league fixtures and festivals. This instils a sense of achievement, pride and accomplishment.