At Crigglestone St James Academy, we believe that physical education is vital to pupils’ physical, mental, social and emotional development and health. Children at St James are encouraged to reach their full potential in an inclusive and engaging environment which supports and challenges all children. Our aim is for physical education to help children be “Ready for the Future” in all aspects of their life through developing creativity, curiosity and resilience, experiencing leadership and forming social relationships.
We have created an inclusive curriculum developed with The PE Hub and iMoves (which follow the EYFS framework and National Curriculum). Our curriculum allows children to build upon their prior knowledge from past physical education lessons, learn new skills and be confident in applying these skills. Our curriculum is based around six key sporting values: determination, passion, respect, honesty, self belief and teamwork. We give our children a breadth of sporting opportunities within the curriculum, through our lunchtime provision and extra-curricular activities. Children use the sporting values and develop their sporting skills which can lead to representing the school in the intra house and inter school festivals, community festivals, national competitions and other sporting events.
A sports person is more than just excelling in a specific sport. We want our children to understand the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and know how to take care of themselves both physically and mentally in order to be successful in their future.
Our Sporting Ethos at St James is that children understand the importance of sport, the rules and gamesmanship. We believe that the experience of participating in PE and competing in competitions (win, lose or draw) is hugely beneficial in helping children develop mentally and physically.
Alongside the two PE lessons a week, once a half term children in all year groups participate in a variety of Intra – House Competitions where they learn and support their team mates in a competitive event. We help the children to understand fairness, respect and reflect on their experience.
The school vision of “Ready for the Future” is a vital part of our PE curriculum and sports ethos. The activities and events which we expose the children to helps them understand the idea of “rule of law” with following rules, mutual respect and tolerance. During team activities; the values of togetherness and trust are central to what we aim to achieve. Physical education is the ideal driver to embed the school values for our children to make sense of them.
At St James we understand the importance of physical education and the impact it has on day to day life at home and in school.
Each class has two PE slots a week (Indoor and Outdoor). We have created a curriculum (supported by PE Hub and iMoves) to ensure that in our two year rolling programme, children have the opportunity to develop previously learnt skills. Children in Year 4 also attend swimming lessons once a week.
Each year, we actively use Pupil Voice and Stakeholder Evaluations to continue to improve our Lunchtime Provision, PE and Extra – Curricular Curriculums to provide children with a wide range of opportunities to be active. We are continuing to provide extra curricular activities for children throughout school and for the first half term for 2020 with covid restrictions in place we were successful in having 39% of our Year 3 to Year 6 children participating in extra curricular clubs.
We are part of the Kettlethorpe Pyramid and the All Saints Partnership where competitions are organised which allow children the opportunity to not only represent St James, but also Wakefield and then Yorkshire. Alongside this we participate in a number of competitive and non - competitive competitions within the School Games Scheme to which gives children an opportunity to experience new sports, develop teamwork and also improve their confidence.
To ensure that all children have experience to participate in these festivals, we have adapted our PE Curriculum and Extra – Curricular Curriculum to ensure that all children have an equal chance at representing school and also have an understanding of the sports which we compete in.
Our lunchtime provision also supports children’s physical development with staff and lunchtime play leaders leading sporting activities in zones and also offering extra sessions in preparation for competitions. We have a number of Lunchtime Play Leaders who support our Pupil Leadership Team outside managing and leading a range of sporting activities for the children. Some of these include: tennis, carpet bowl, table tennis, football, gymnastics, volleyball, basketball and rounders. The Lunchtime Play Leaders and Pupil Leadership Team also support more fine motor skill activities such as lego, building and small world where they assist where required and also help with communication.