PHYSICAL EDUCATION prepares our children to be physically and mentally active, fit and healthy…for life.
UNESCO states that “Physical education is the most effective way of providing all children and youth with the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding for lifelong participation in society.
Some of the many benefits our children receive from our quality PE program include:
- Improved physical fitness
- Skill and motor skills development
- Regular, healthful physical activity
- Responsibility for your own health and fitness
- Moral and leadership development
- Ability to co-operate with others
- Stress reduction – an outlet for releasing tension and anxiety
- Strengthened peer relationships
- Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
- Respect – PE helps you respect your body, classmates and teammates
- Experience in setting goals
- Improved academics – The big bonus benefit!
Our children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of EXTRACURRICULAR SPORTS activities during their time at our school. There are a whole range of benefits that come from involvement in these activities:
- They provide a productive break from study
- They help children build their skills outside of the classroom
- In addition to building specific skills extracurricular activities sports are great for developing team work, commitment and leadership skills
- They can be an area a child enjoys or excels at and can boost self-confidence.
- They can open a child’s mind to new interests (and views)
- They provide opportunities for children to explore a sport in greater depth
- They provide social opportunities and a sense of belonging and the potential for children to build friendships outside of their usual circle
Our children also have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of COMPETITIVE ACTIVITIES.
Young children are filled with energy, eager to run, jump and play. Transferring that natural energy to competitive sports can help keep kids active and healthy as they grow.
- Participating in competitive sports burns calories and helps to prevent obesity and can motivate children to eat healthier foods
- Competitive sports such as football, track, basketball and swimming can also help children learn important life lessons about teamwork and fair play.
- Participating in sports also teaches children how to compete in the real world. As they grow older they’ll face competition in school, in the workforce and other areas of life. But these competitions don’t have to be negative or unhealthy. Playing sports can help children understand how competition works in a friendly environment, and that if you try your hardest, you have a better chance to succeed.
Our children are encouraged to have ACTIVE LUNCHTIMES. Small apparatus is available for child initiated games on the bottom playground and organised games take place on the top playground.
We have been awarded the silver school games award. This recognises our commitment to deliver high quality PE lessons as well as offering children the chance to take part in extra-curricular activities and inter and intra school competitions.
As a Catholic school committed to teaching R.E and providing daily opportunities for Collective Worship, timetable constraints mean that we are unable to consistently provide every child with 2 hours of PE a week and this was the only criteria we were unable to meet in order to be awarded the Gold Standard.