At Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, we aim to develop positive attitudes towards physical activity and promote healthy lifestyles through a balanced programme of dance, games, gymnastics, athletics, swimming and outdoor activities. We believe that through the variety of opportunities that P.E. offers, children can develop a sense of personal achievement, fair play, teamwork and an understanding of the ways in which sport can transcend social and cultural boundaries.
Purposes and Aims
- To ensure that all children will be physically active and find enjoyment and fulfillment in physical activity which lasts a lifetime.
- To provide opportunities for children to acquire and develop skills performing with increasing physical competence and confidence in a range of physical activities and contexts.
- To develop positive attitudes to physical activity including perseverance, fair play and sportsmanship as well as the ability to cope with failure and promote a fair response to winning and losing
- To teach children about personal safety in relation to their bodies/clothing and dangers in using equipment inappropriately, including within the water.
- To develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the human body and its capabilities
Early Years and Foundation Stage will follow the EYFS framework.
Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively.
Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe.
Curriculum aims – by the end of Key Stage 2, children should be able to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
The children in year six took part in an intensive swimming programme in June 2021 (as a result of lockdowns and closure of the swimming pool due to the Covid pandemic) and 80% of the cohort where able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. Use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.