At Our Lady’s Primary School, we know that Physical Education (PE) is an integral part of our curriculum. We believe that the subject inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in physically-demanding activities and helps them to become confident in a way which supports their health and fitness throughout their lives. Therefore, we believe that our children should be physically active every day, whether through daily physical activity, PE lessons, lunchtimes or extra-curricular activities. We also believe that children should have the opportunity to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as teamwork, fairness and respect. Progression in PE will be assessed throughout each key stage through observations and where possible regular video recordings in different areas of the PE curriculum. An age-related assessment will be given to parents and carers through annual reports.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that 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.
In Year 4, the children will be given swimming lessons by qualified instructors. During their lessons, they will be taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres using a range of strokes effectively such as front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke. The children who do not meet the 25m expectation will be given additional swimming lessons in Year 4. In Year 5 & 6, children participate in a range of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities which promotes collaboration, problem-solving and a positive attitude to physical activity.