Welcome to the PE Curriculum Page
At St Laurence, we aim to provide a PE curriculum that pupils from Reception to Year 6 not only enjoy, but which also allows them to experience a range of activities that help them to develop their health, fitness and wellbeing. We intend to offer a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
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, active lives
Physical Education Curriculum Implementation
Children are taught by teaching staff and sports instructors from the Erewash School Sports Partnership (ESSP) Staff use the Imoves scheme of work and follow a progressive curriculum, which ensures that children develop their skills as they move from reception to year 6. The curriculum is further enhanced by participation in sporting events with other schools in the area and after school clubs.
In 2021-2022 every child in year 5 and 6 will attend swimming lessons taught by qualified teachers at West Park Leisure Centre. School sports ambassadors supervise sports activities at lunchtime.
The National Curriculum for Physical Education
Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
Key stage 1
Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should be taught to:
- 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 and
- perform dances using simple movement patterns.
Key stage 2
Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils should be taught to:
- 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 and
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
Please contact Mr Hallam if you have questions or would like to talk about any aspects of PE at St Laurence.
Competitions and Festivals
We are delighted that competitions and festivals are up and running again. We have signed up to attend lots of events, including football, gymnastics, racquet sports, cross country, basketball and many more!
We are really proud of our year 5/6 football team, who represented our school so well in the 7 aside competition during the Autumn term. In the Long Eaton stage of the competition they finished 2nd and qualified for the Erewash Borough Finals. At the finals they played really well and came 2nd in the tournament, only missing out on top spot by 1 point! Thank you to all the parents who came to support and help out.
In November, St Laurence took part in the Erewash Cross Country competition at Wilsthorpe School.
Our KS1 children ran ½ a mile, lower KS2 ¾ of mile and upper KS2 1 mile! All the children were fantastic and represented St Laurence superbly. We finished with one silver medal in the KS1 race and one gold medal in the lower KS2 race!!
In February, Year 2 children visited the Erewash Valley Gymnastics Club for a mini festival. They were able to use lots of super equipment and learned some new skills.