At St. Michael and All Angels Catholic Primary School we believe that our high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel. The broad and balanced PE curriculum develops life skills and values. It also provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
We firmly believe that sport is about more than your ability and therefore at all times we support the seven core values associated with the Olympics and Paralympics.
The Olympics Values
Respect – fair play, knowing your limits, taking care of your health and doing your best for the team.
Excellence – how to give your best on the field of play or in life, taking part and progressing according to personal objectives.
Friendship – knowing how to understand each other through sport despite any differences.
The Paralympic Values
Determination – the drive and motivation to overcome both physical and mental barriers in order to achieve your goals.
Courage – having the self-belief and confidence to overcome adversity and face difficulty.
Equality – showing and humility towards all those around you in the spirit of fair play.
Inspiration – to be motivated by the achievements and actions of others and to be a positive example to others.
We also aim to promote British values to all our pupils in a variety of ways within Physical Education. Through our carefully planned curriculum, we aim to teach and develop lifelong skills that are applicable not just in PE lessons but in wider society. Fundamental British values include democracy, the Rule of Law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
Within all lessons pupils get the opportunity to have their opinions heard amongst their peers when discussing topics, current issues and tactics. Pupils are encouraged to learn about democracy and everyone is given the opportunity to have their say. This is often seen through feedback and peer and self-analysis tasks within lessons. Pupils have a voice through the Sports Crew and School Council to shape the way PE and school sport is structured. All pupils are taught about the different roles and responsibilities within a team. The PE code of conduct is followed at all times.
Rule of Law:
A key part of Physical Education lessons is about teaching pupils about rules, sportsmanship, etiquette and fair play. In every lesson pupils abide by the rules and regulations, gaining a good understanding of rules of each sport and the importance of infringements such as fouls, penalties, cautions and red cards allowing students to understand the consequences of their actions which in turn helps students apply this understanding to their own lives. At all times, especially when representing the school, pupils are expected to always show respect towards the referee and the opposition. We are very proud of our excellent reputation in the local community and the number of awards we win for fair play.
Within our lessons pupils are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you must work hard, show resilience and have a growth mind-set that anything can be achieved if you put your mind to it.
Leadership is another area that we look to develop within lessons and extra-curricular activities. Pupils in Year 5 and 6 attend leadership courses, become play leaders and can join our Sports Crew.
Children are encouraged to make sensible and informed choices in lessons and to take ownership and leadership for this. This is demonstrated through ensuring the working environment is safe such as partner balancing in gymnastics, careful tackling in football and not raising sticks above waist height in Hockey. Pupils also regularly take charge of warm-ups and cool-downs, being responsible for their group’s cardiovascular element and stretching.
Pupils in PE use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with students from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. They are also taught about respecting students’ different abilities and also the calls/judgements made by officials during games. Through Dance, the children learn about how to express themselves in different ways. They also look at the expression of different cultures and their styles of dance.
If you would like to arrange any fixtures or to contact our school regarding P.E or Sport, please contact Mr Hinds.
School office: 0151 6774088