At St Martin’s, we aim to positively impact on the health and well being of children through our PE Curriculum. Through our offer of an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all of our children is positively impacted.
PE lessons encourage children to compete against themselves and others whilst being challenged to improve their physical, social, emotional and thinking skills. These skills are embedded in the heart of our planning.
In promoting physical activity alongside formal PE, we also maximise opportunties for children to have forest school experience which supports our intent to promote good physical and mental health.
Our objectives in the teaching of PE align with the National Curriculum in that we aim to ensure all pupils:
- Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- Are physically active for sustained periods of time
- Engage in competitive sports and activities
- Lead healthy, active lives
Across the school, from EYFS to Year 6, our PE lessons are planned using the Get Set 4 PE platform, which aligns with our core values, our whole child approach to PE and the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. Get Set 4 PE is planned so that progression is built into the scheme which ensures our children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school.
We use Achieve 4 All sports coaches to support the CPD of our staff, in addition to school staff and an external dance teacher who run extra curricular sporting activities. Sports Coaches also work with our Sports Leaders to provide lunchtime and playtime games to promote physically active break times, ensuring all our children maximise the opportuntiies for being active.
Through investment in our site, we have also maximised the incidental opportuntiies to build physical strength and stamine, through our climbing wall, our trim trails and slide.
Our Year 6 Sports Leaders support the after school clubs, and lead on organising key school sporting events like inter class games and Sports Day. These roles are highly cherished within year 6.
Our children benefit from a varied menu of sporting opportunities, which they engage positively with. Our Sports Leaders are ambassadors for our school when visitors join us. Children learn to compete well, win graciously and develop resilience to continue participating.