At St Oswald's we promote the acquisition of PE skills through a range of physical activities, in line with the national curriculum programme of study, whilst encouraging children to enjoy physical education. The EYFS statutory framework is the foundation for these skills and provides the building blocks for all future learning in Physical Education.
Children learn to understand the benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle. The school lays the foundations for the future so that children will want to be involved in physical activity throughout life. The competitive aspects of physical education are introduced and extended as the children move through the school. Fair play and good sporting behaviour are considered to be very important.
At St Oswald’s Primary School, Physical Education (PE) is an integral part of our Curriculum that is inclusive and engages all pupils, in a supportive and challenging environment. We aspire for pupils to acquire, develop and refine their practical skills and techniques; to further their knowledge and understanding of PE concepts and principles and develop their overall competence, to enjoy, and excel in, a broad range of sports and physical activities.
We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities which enable all pupils to succeed; to be resilient and consistently strive to give their best efforts at all times and achieve their potential and personal best.
Pupils participate in competitive sport and through this we teach them how to cooperate and collaborate effectively as part of a team and compete appropriately against others, adhering to the principles of fairness, sportsmanship and respect, values we hope to embed for future life.
We understand the importance PE, School Sport and Physical Activity has on pupils’ general health, fitness and mental wellbeing. We provide opportunities for all pupils to be physically active for sustained periods of time and we teach them the importance of leading healthy, active lives and making informed and appropriate lifestyle choices.
- We teach PE through the PE Passport app created by Lancashire PE. The key knowledge and skills of each unit are mapped across each year group, ensuring that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. This ensures that pupils develop their knowledge through a range of sporting activities including: Invasion Games, Net & Wall Games, Striking & Fielding Games, Dance, Gymnastics, Athletics, Swimming and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities progressively. The skills in these areas are also developed systematically, with the programme of study for each year group building on previous learning and preparing for subsequent years.
- The emphasis of our PE curriculum is inclusion for all pupils, regardless of sporting ability. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all pupils, including those with SEND. We also provide spare PE kits so all pupils can participate in all PE lessons.
- Pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week. In addition, pupils are encouraged to take part in the varied range of extra-curricular activities throughout the year. Lunch time sport sessions are available weekly.
- Pupils participate in inter-competitions against schools in a wide range of competitions. These are organised in partnership with the South Ribble Sports Team and the local schools.
- Each year, a group of Year 6 children are invited to become Sports Captains for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunch-time clubs, our annual Sports days, which are separated into year groups, and any other sporting activities.
- We run the ‘Daily Mile’ every afternoon to promote physical health and reach the government target of being active for at least 60 minutes a day.
- For safety, we ensure that no jewellery is worn by pupils during our lessons, and that parents provide the children with indoor pumps or suitable ‘plain coloured’ trainers for KS1 and suitable ‘plain coloured’ trainers for KS2. During the winter period, pupils are allowed to wear black leggings or dark coloured tracksuit bottoms.
At St Oswald’s, we ensure that our PE curriculum is inclusive and progressive and allows all pupils the opportunity to acquire and develop fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding and to apply these to a wide variety of sports and activities. PE lessons are engaging and challenging, where all can achieve, to the best of their ability, in a supportive and safe environment. Pupils understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of regular exercise and activity for their physical and mental wellbeing. We aspire for all pupils to develop a love for sport and physical activity, which hopefully becomes part of their future life outside of primary school. Our pupils have the opportunity to participate in sport after school and actively represent the school at inter-competitions (local and borough level) at least once by the time they leave primary school.