At Grampound Road, we value Physical Education as an integral part of a child’s development. We feel PE helps to embed fundamental physical skills and learning behaviours that can be applied to all aspects of learning. PE teaches self-discipline and helps children to realise that, to be successful, you must demonstrate resilience, determination and self-belief. Our Physical Education curriculum allows for teachers to deliver high quality learning opportunities that will inspire children to succeed in physical activity. PE is inclusive at Grampound Road. Children experience a blend of individual, team and competitive activities which cater for individual needs and physical abilities. Our curriculum deepens knowledge, strengthens skills and boosts confidence so children’s contributions across a broad range of sports are valued and recognised by all. As a school, we feel it is essential that children understand the importance of leading an active lifestyle, not only to maintain physical fitness, but also to understanding the effects of exercise on mental health and well-being.
The National Curriculum for PE 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 and active lives.
- 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
- Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- Perform dances using simple movement patterns.
- Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
- Perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
How does PE help to embed the school values?
Education provides an excellent vehicle to support children to truly develop as individuals. Through our Physical Education curriculum, children learn the school values in a purposeful and real-life context.
Team sports allow many opportunities for developing respect, not only for each, but also for the rules of the game. When playing games, children are taught to communicate effectively with each other, discussing tactics and working together. We can show respect when results and performances do not go our way and we can demonstrate resilience in being able to learn from mistakes.
Sport - particularly individual events - provides children with the opportunity to benchmark their performances against themselves and others. Children show resilience and learn that when you work hard, you can improve at something.
Successful sportsmen and sportswomen show incredibly high levels of resilience. They learn to trust their teammates, bounce back from a poor performance and forgive peers for any mistake. Successful athletes do not give up when things become challenging and push themselves physically and mentally.