PE Intent, Implementation and Impact
At St George’s, we understand the impact that regular exercise and team-playing have on our physical and emotional well-being. We know that children thrive on playing with their friends and through a skills-based curriculum, we provide opportunities for team sports, clubs and competitive games. We also strongly link our PE lessons with PSHE and Science by making explicit connections between areas such as healthy lifestyle, balanced diet, teamwork, friendships and what physically happens to our body when we exercise. We want our children to feel empowered by their individual bodies and to understand how to look after their physical and emotional wellbeing so that when they leave St George’s they are inspired to partake in community sports and embrace a healthier lifestyle.
Children at St George’s undertake weekly PE sessions, taught by specialists from UDA.
A progression of skills is used in line with the National Curriculum for each year group, which enables pupils to build on prior learning and enables accurate assessment of needs
Our lunchtimes at St George’s are an important time for children to engage in physical activity and for all children to access to opportunity to engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. There is a weekly sport rota which is followed by all lunch time staff. This allows our children to have a broad and well-rounded opportunity to engage in physical activity.
After school clubs run weekly for Ball Skills, Athletics, Netball, Football and Dance for Key Stages 1 and 2
Children have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of competitions ranging from Netball to Dance. Our aim is to increase opportunities for London-wide tournaments and matches.
Children in Year 6 participate in a swimming curriculum for 10 weeks a year. This is essential in teaching them this important life skill as well as life saving techniques.
Children in Year 5 are invited to attend a residential trip where they will undertake various outdoor activities such as climbing, canoeing, gorge walking, and bouldering. Our aim is to further develop our offer of outdoor, adventurous activities to children in other year groups.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and carefully planned provision are designed to support children’s physical development. We offer daily playful opportunities for children to engage in physical activity both in and outdoors. Our children have access to free flow play for sustained periods of time and are encouraged to use our large outdoor environment including our forest school, mud kitchen, play equipment and large sandpit. We access this environment all year round and in all weather conditions to support the development of gross and fine motor control, balance, coordination, confidence and problem-solving skills. We explore meditation, yoga, massage and relaxation techniques and share a range of healthy snacks to develop our understanding of the importance of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Physical Education Impact
The impact of this curriculum design will lead to outstanding progress in their performance, competition and social and mental development. Children will therefore be expected to leave St George’s a well-rounded individual; physically, socially and mentally and will have reached at least their expected level in PE. We hope the children will understand the importance of physical activity, sport and PE and motivate children to become confident, resilient and disciplined, so that they become independent and take responsibility for their health and fitness throughout their life.