St Edwards Primary School believes that Physical Education (PE), experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health. Our aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities. We want to teach children skills to keep them safe such as being able to swim. To teach children to recognise and describe how their bodies change and feel during exercise and the importance of fitness on their longer term mental and physical health. We also aim to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others and to understand rules. We intend to develop a competitive ethos in children, so they learn how to embrace challenge, success and failures as individuals and teams. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at St Edwards, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes.
P.E is planned to build upon skills taught in previous years. Each child will take part in six sports and activities throughout the year, using prior learning to support their progress. We use invasion games, net and wall games, Gymnastics, Swimming and Athletics to teach these fundamental movement skills. Every child will experience each of these sports every year throughout their time at St Edward's. In Early Years, children develop Fundamental Movement Skills as well as Gross Motor Skills through Dance, Gymnastics and ball skills.