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At St Hugh’s we want every child to have a healthy and active lifestyle, giving each child the opportunity to experience a variety of skills and understand the importance of a healthy mind and healthy body. We want children’s skills and confidence to progress as they make their journey through the school and throughout later life. We want children to be determined, have great passion, show respect and honesty, gain self-belief and understand the importance and benefits of working in a team. We firmly believe that the recipe for success is high quality first-wave teaching in PE, which is central to the life of our healthy and active school.
Our principal aim is that children leave St. Hugh’s Catholic School with a wide range of happy and rich memories in Physical Education, formed through interesting and exciting experiences that enhance a child’s awareness of their own abilities and strengths. We want children to strive to achieve their personal best and continually improve on their own skills. We help children to become physically active and to help them understand the importance of physical activity in promoting a healthy active life and mind-set. Children will meet the National Curriculum expectations in Physical Education, which will be taught by qualified staff who will support children to develop a range of skills, technique and values. Children will understand how Catholic virtues and British Values relate to Physical Education.
We use the national curriculum for physical education to underpin our teaching and learning. We teach children how to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities. Opportunities are provided for children to participate in team games and competitive games which will be modified where appropriate and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. Appropriate physical activities are used to develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance through athletics and gymnastics. Pupils are encouraged to compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best, also providing opportunities to develop their leadership skills. Children learn about healthy food options, the importance of exercise, looking after your body and mind to live a healthy life style.
Through our PE curriculum children develop and improve their knowledge, skills and understanding of physical education in different activities and sports. They learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success and gain the skills required to lead a healthy and active life style. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other, as they exercise and build their skills. At St Hugh’s, children experience a wide range of sporting activities, which will enable each child to find a sport that they enjoy and continue to enjoy outside of school. Children develop their games values: determination, passion, respect, honesty, self-belief and team work which they can transfer into everyday life.
The experiences and knowledge the children gain through the PE curriculum will enable them to play a full and active part in society. Their tolerance, sense of determination, passion, resilience and ability to work as a team, understanding other people’s opinions as well as fairness and honesty means that children leave St Hugh’s with vital life skills that will support their onward journey. This is important especially for our children who may have had limited opportunities to experiences some sports outside of school.
Fundamental British Values are evident in Physical Education and children understand how it can celebrate difference. Children are usually already aware of the existence of detailed sets of rules which govern behaviours on the field of play. PE provides an excellent opportunity to discuss and make explicit the need for such rules and laws governing conduct, as well as the concepts of interdependency and mutual cooperation. Mutual respect and an atmosphere of tolerance will support children in other aspects in the community.