Physical Education (PE)
Physical Education is concerned with the promotion of positive attitudes towards physical activity and well-being. At St Laurence School children are helped to acquire the skills needed to participate with confidence and enjoyment in a range of individual team activities at school and in the wider community, and to appreciate the place of regular exercise as a way of keeping fit.
A well-balanced programme of sporting activities is provided for the children that includes opportunities for expressive and creative movement through dance, as well as gymnastics, swimming, athletics, games and outdoor and adventurous pursuits. Learning through co-operative and competitive activities helps to promote an understanding of inter-personal relationships. Children have the opportunity to take part in sporting activities within the school, and with other schools, including local and county tournaments and competitions.
Physical Education is enriched through a wide range of well-attended extra-curricular clubs and activities. Such opportunities enable pupils to develop personal and social skills as well as preparing them for leisure activities in adult life. All pupils in Year 6 have the opportunity to take part in a residential visit at an Activity Centre. A range of outdoor and adventurous pursuits are offered. We value these opportunities for our pupils to participate in physically challenging believing they can make an important contribution to children’s personal and social development.
All children take part in a minimum of two hours of high quality PE and sporting activities each week led the school’s teaching staff or a professional sports coach.
Curriculum Statement for Physical Education (PE)
At St Laurence Catholic Primary School we value the importance of physical education. Following the aims of the national curriculum, we intend to deliver high quality teaching and learning opportunities in order to inspire all children to develop physical literacy and embed lifelong skills and values.
At St Laurence our PE curriculum is based upon the Cambridgeshire PE schemes of work. Our inclusive PE curriculum and our extensive range of extra-curricular clubs allows all children the opportunity to develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities and to engage in a variety of competitive sports and activities. Alongside their twice weekly PE lessons, we provide children with various opportunities to take part in competitive events, through a variety of intra and inter competitions. We work closely with the Cambridgeshire School Sports Partnership to ensure children have access to an outstanding range of extra-curricular sport and physical activity opportunities both in school and within the local community.
Our PE curriculum is taught as a basis for lifelong learning. We believe that a high quality physical education will help to inspire all children to become physically confident in order to support their life long health, fitness and to build character and embed values such as respect and fairness.