Our Vision Statement for Physical Education and School Sport
At St Christopher’s School we aim to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all of our pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We want to provide opportunities for our pupils to become physically literate and confident in a way which supports thier health and fitness as they move towards making their own health choices ass young adults. in addition we aim to provide opportunities for children to compete in sport and other activities in order to build character and help to embed values such as team work, fairness, resilience and respect.
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
By the end of each key Stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study
Pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and link them to action and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. Pupils also develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own sucess.
Pupils are taught how to:
- Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- Develop flexibility, technique, strength, control and balance (for example, through gymnastics and athletics)
- Play competitive games, modified where appropriate (for example, basketball, netball, football, hockey, tennis and badminton)
- Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- Perform dances and movement using a range of movement patterns
- Compare and contrast their performances with previous ones and demonstrate self and peer assessment to achieve their personal best.
A sporting chance
The variety of sports on offer include athletics, cricket, cross country, football, gymnastics, netball, orienteering, rounders, tag rugby, tennis and hockey.
Qualified swimming instructors take the children from Year 1 and 2 for weekly lessons at the local leisure centre. When they are older, children take part in an annual inter-school swimming gala.
Every child enjoys timetabled PE lessons twice a week. We encourage each child to understand the important role that Physical exercise has on a fit and health life-style, in a fun, positive and stimulating environment. This also encourages each child to extend their physical skills and work towards achieving thier full potential.
Pupils have the opportunity of using both indoor and outdoor facilities. Gymnastics, dance and movement are taught in the main school hall and a variety of games such as athletics, ball games and fielding activities are taught outside on the soft surfaced playground.
From Year 3 onwards, the children are taken by coach to our nearby sporting field where they enjoy playing a range of competitive sports.
Meeting their match
There are opportunities for pupils to become involved in sport matches with other local independent schools and participate in the English Schools Athletics Awards scheme in the summer.
Every child participates in our annual Sports Day held in July at the games field. Here they take on a rotation of individual and team events to earn points for their house team. The winning team is presented with the Sports Shield in front of parents, friends and family.