St. James’ vision for PE is that every child should have the opportunity to take part in PE and become physically confident and competent. Our mission is to facilitate high-quality PE for pupils, enhance attainment and achievement, and create pathways to be active beyond school.
At St James’ children are encouraged to understand and value the benefits of physical activity to their health and well-being.
P.E. is taught throughout the school with each class allocated two sessions per week.
At St James’ we believe that physical activity not only improves health, reduces stress and improves concentration, but also promotes correct physical growth and development. Exercise has a positive influence on academic achievement, emotional stability and interaction with others. Through sport and other physical activities our children will learn about their responsibilities both as individuals and members of groups and teams. They learn to cooperate and to compete fairly, understanding their own and other’s roles.
Our aim is that; through physical education we teach and develop physical competence, improve skills and creative performances, understand basic principles of ‘fair play’ and improve social skills. We will achieve this by;
Following a broad and balanced PE curriculum fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Ensuring every child has the opportunity to develop and learn basic water skills.
Developing the fitness of the individual, by ensuring a good pace in lessons.
Integrating, where possible, into other curriculum areas. E.g, use of athletics data in maths & ICT.
Developing programmes that meet the needs of all the children, providing equal opportunities.
Making P.E accessible for children with disabilities and medical conditions, taking into account children with special needs, through modified classroom programmes.
Involving the community where possible – e.g. Sports Day, clubs, intra/ inter-school matches, outside coaching personnel and resources.
And finally, providing enjoyable experiences, where positive attitudes of sensitivity, leadership, co-operation, competition and tolerance may develop.
In addition to the school curriculum, our children also have the opportunity to take part in out of school competitions, sports festivals and local sporting fixtures taking place at regular intervals during the appropriate season.