At St. Andrew’s CE Primary School, we believe that the Physical Education we provide forms an essential foundation for the whole child to develop. We value P.E. very highly and appreciate the importance of the need for children to learn how to keep themselves fit and healthy. We strive to provide high quality P.E. and school sport experiences which are innovative, creative and enjoyable for all. We believe that taking part in sporting activities can help the children to build character and reinforce our school’s core values of perseverance and respect.
We teach skills progressively through the school, from the basic skills in EYFS, such as kicking an object at a target, to more complex skills in Upper Key Stage 2, such as choosing the best pass to make in a game situation and passing and receiving the ball on the move. Outdoor and adventurous activities are introduced, including orienteering and team building sessions. Children are given the chance to develop a range of skills across a number of sports and variety of physical activities. We develop skills in dance, gymnastics, athletics, striking and fielding games, invasion games and net / wall games. Children in Years 3 through to Year 6 have the opportunity to go swimming during the Summer term, in order to develop their skills and strokes, and to learn self-rescue skills for different water-based situations; we aim for all children to be able to swim 25m independently by the end of their time at primary school.
As well as academic learning and physical development, our P.E. curriculum provides pupils with the opportunity to develop their personal and social skills, through the promotion of character building, co-operation, team-work, respect and self-esteem.
To enhance their sporting experiences, our children are offered a variety of extra-curricular clubs, both at lunch time and after school, with specialist sport coaches. We work closely alongside expert Physical Education services to further enhance our P.E. provision, such as Shrewsbury Town in the Community coaching and Shropshire Cricket Board. In addition to this, our pupils are offered many opportunities to compete within the school and locally. We have particularly enjoyed School Games events, where our pupils have been able to take part in a number of new sports and physical activities they have never tried before!