A student with an ability to work successfully as an individual but also someone who contributes effectively within teams and looks to support others while developing self. A hunger for trying new games, activities and skills, with a willingness to make mistakes in order to improve.
"The groundwork of all happiness is good health." L Hunt
What makes a good PE student?
About Our Vision for PE
PE at St Wulstan’s aims to develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing in our children now and for their future. Physical fitness is an important part of leading a healthier lifestyle. It teaches self-discipline and that to be successful you must work hard, show resilience and have the determination to believe that anything can be achieved.
It is our intent at St Wulstan’s to teach children life skills that will positively impact on their future. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical activities. We want to teach children how to co-operate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.
Pupils at St Wulstan’s participate in weekly high-quality PE and sporting activities. Our PE programme incorporates a variety of sports to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities in addition to competitive sporting events. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being.
Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at St Wulstan’s, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.
Every class from Year 1 to Year 6 receives two PE lessons per week, usually comprising of one indoor and one outdoor lesson. Within our PE lessons we aim to follow a sequential, developmental curriculum that progressively builds on past experiences and incorporates new experiences when children are ready. Lessons are not simply selected randomly with no obvious connections to past and future lessons, or just as a way to keep children “busy, happy or good” for 60 minutes.
Physical education is a moving experience. We aim to find ways to actively engage all children in moderate to vigorous physical activity for the majority of every lesson, a minimum of 75%. In addition to being actively engaged, children also need plenty of opportunities to practice the skill or concept being taught that day. Our quality programme will provide many practice opportunities, sometimes alone, sometimes with a partner and sometimes during small sided games in groups.
As well as copious practice periods, we aim to plan lessons so that youngsters of all abilities have high rates of success. When children, particularly unskilled pupils experience success, they are more likely to continue practising and working to improve than when they fail continually.
We try to promote successful learning experiences in a warm environment in which children are encouraged to practice new skills and improve their fitness levels without feeling embarrassed.
We aim to make sure all our classes as much fun as possible so that children enjoy and look forward to PE, both at primary and when they start at secondary school.
The whole school takes part in our Health Week every year. Health Week incorporates many aspects around being healthy, including looking after our emotional and mental health as well as our physical health and eating healthily. Health Week includes a variety of activities designed to encourage being physically active and promote well-being. We always aim to be really active here at St. Wulstan's but in Health Week it becomes the main focus and all the children have the opportunity to take part in many additional activities which they thoroughly enjoy.
Every year, as part of our Health Week, we hold a number of multi-activity sessions. The children enjoy participating in a wide range of activities ranging from golf to hula hooping, rugby to zorbs to Freddy Fit! The sessions provide opportunities for all children to participate regardless of previous experience. The sessions usually involve trying something new but the most important thing is that they are great fun as the children often work together in teams to complete the different physical challenges.
During Health Week, we learn about feelings and managing our emotions and we look at how all feelings can be helpful. Younger children spend time discussing what they know about feelings and how they can recognise different feelings. They also discuss how we help when our friends are feeling a certain way. We spend time discussing that even uncomfortable feelings are good, how we can use these feelings to help us and how we can manage these feelings in a positive way. Although this message is given in Health Week, children are encouraged to talk about their feelings all the time and to seek help when they feel that they need.
If you have any questions about the PE curriculum within school, please come into school and ask to speak to Mrs. Pickup, our PE Lead.
PE Programme of Study