Why PE matters to us at Preston Park
At Preston Park, children will develop their physical, mental and social well-being through a structured programme of physical activities in a safe and supportive environment. A high quality Physical Education (PE) inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport whilst developing physical confidence which supports their health and fitness. Children are encouraged to adopt a healthy lifestyle and develop a lifelong positive attitude towards sport. We hope our pupils leave Preston Park with the skills and enthusiasm for PE to encourage a lifelong participation in sport.
What’s in it for me?
We understand how important physical activity is in an individual’s life as it not only helps them physically, but has positive impacts on their mental and social well-being. Exercise can help to relieve stress and provide children with opportunities to work with their peers strengthening their social skills. This ability to work as part of a supportive team or as an individual is beneficial beyond the sporting world and can be applied later in their life.
The six core values which are integral to our vision at Preston Park (resilience, responsibility, reflective, reciprocity, respectful and resourcefulness) are interwoven in every PE lesson taught in the school. Pupils learn resilience through the understanding that winning is not always the marker of success. They are responsible for the improvement of their own individual skills and are taught to be reflective of their performances and demonstration of these skills. Respect is an important part of every PE lesson at Preston Park and pupils demonstrate this through interactions with their peers in game situations.
You will find the answers to questions such as:
- Why is it important to engage in physical activity every day?
- Does competition always have to be against others?
- Is winning always the marker of success?
- Is sport more effective in a team or played individually?
How we teach PE effectively
Our curriculum aim is to maximise the potential of all pupils ensuring that they are all engaging in physical activity at least once a week. PE is taught either by the class teacher or by our specialist team of sports coaches. We recognise the value and impact of high quality PE teaching which can help children develop their coordination, fitness and their sense of fair play. Our PE Curriculum for KS1 is based on a multi skills approach to learning. In KS2 it is more sports specific, combined with opportunities for competition in accordance with the National Curriculum.
Our aims are to:
- Follow a broad and balanced PE curriculum fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum.
- Develop the fitness of the individual, by ensuring a good pace in lessons and incorporating fitness activities into Physical Education lessons as appropriate.
- Develop programmes that meet the needs of all the children, ensuring inclusion for all in every PE lesson.
- Engage in competitive sports and activities to promote teamwork and confidence, e.g. Sports Day, clubs, inter-school matches, competitions against other schools.
- Encourage children to lead a healthy lifestyle and promote a love for exercise which is lifelong.
- Help develop evaluation skills and understanding of how to make a performance better.
In addition to the large variety of physical activity within the curriculum, we also offer a range of after school clubs such as Football, Basketball and Badminton. This gives children an additional opportunity to develop their skills and be involved in competitive game situations.
At our school, there are ample opportunities for competition both inside and outside of school which allows pupils to develop their skills, demonstrate team work and resilience and succeed in sporting competitions. In addition, we also provide enrichment opportunities, including visits from famous athletes who promote the importance of physical activity and discipline within sport.
Future careers in PE
There are many exciting careers that involve aspects of Physical Education such as an athlete, PE teacher or coach, fitness instructor, personal trainer, sports journalist, physiotherapist, occupational health therapist, Nutritionist, Sports Physician or a referee/umpire.
Children in Year Four are given the opportunity to learn or develop swimming skills when their class participates in weekly swimming lessons over eight weeks. Swimming enhances their motor skills and co-ordination; helps to maintain a healthy lifestyle and provides them with a lifelong skill. Each child ends the swimming programme with an increased confidence in the water and a new skill that they can build on in the future.