Physical Education at Our Lady of Peace is valued for its unique contribution to developing children’s physical, social, interpersonal and emotional skills. It provides opportunities for children to be the best that they can be, confident and competitive, while learning to work with and respect others.
The children across our school develop confidence and competence in performing different skills and build a resilience, to overcome challenges as they arise. A positive attitude towards active lifestyles is promoted and we aim to introduce children to lifelong physical activity. This is provided by the children having access to a wide range of sporting extracurricular clubs which accommodate a wide variety of interests both during and after school.
In the Foundation Stage, children are encouraged to access a wide range of physical activity provision throughout the indoor and outdoor classroom as well as taking part in set PE sessions. Physical Development is one of the areas in the Early Years Foundation Stage where children learn to explore, develop their social skills and strengthen their gross and fine motor skills.
In Key Stage 1, children build on their early experiences and move into paired and group activities. They begin to play different games, explore and link actions, improve coordination and balance. They begin to express ideas and feelings about their own performances.
In Key Stage 2, children build on their previous experiences through a broader PE curriculum. They learn specific skills and refine and improve existing ones. The children develop confidence to evaluate their own and other performances and reflect on how they can improve. They learn to work as a team in pairs and small groups as well as taking part in competitive experiences not just to ‘win’ but to develop a greater understanding of the results and consequences of their choices and actions. Swimming lessons are arranged as part of the curriculum requirement for year 4 and top up lessons will be provided out of the sports premium to those children who do not yet meet expected levels.