“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”
-John F Kennedy
Physical Education (PE) develops pupils’ physical competence and confidence to compete, perform and excel in a broad range of physical activities. Each class receives at least 2 hours of Physical Education per week. Additionally, on days where children do not receive PE teaching, they benefit from partaking in a period of vigorous physical activity (such as ‘The Daily Mile’ or brain breaks).
At St. Charles’, it is our aim to encourage inquisitiveness and curiosity by facilitating learning and thinking in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive, co-operative and challenging activities. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate performances to improve their aptitudes and abilities. We seek to provide a full, varied and interesting PE curriculum which challenges, engages and excites staff and pupils alike. PE is a vital part of our education experience as a whole.
Initially, children explore and enquire about a new sport or activity using focused, key questions. It is important to provide a wide variety of games and various extra-curricular activities so that we can inspire and encourage children to find sports and activities which they enjoy and can go on to flourish in.
Knowledge and skills are embedded and expressed through a variety of inter and intra-school competitions. This enables pupils to develop the 6 values concerned with the spirit of the game (determination, honesty, respect, passion, self-belief and team-work). It also encourages the children to be motivated, not only to winning, but in being ambitious enough to strive for the best version of themselves.
Most importantly, by creating a positive and encouraging sporting environment and by putting PE, sport and regular physical activity at the heart of our school life, we are supporting and helping improve the health and well-being of our children and young people, not only now but into their future in their community and in the wider world.