At St Teresa’s Primary School, the Catholic faith underpins every aspect of the curriculum and is at the centre of our learning. Children are actively encouraged to ‘Build God’s Kingdom’.
PESSPA Statement of Intent
(Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity)
It is our intent for the Physical Education (PE) curriculum to deliver high-quality lessons that inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. We want to provide opportunities for our pupils to ‘Grow Together’ through being physically active, to compete in sport and participate in a range of physical activities that build character and help to embed values such as team-work, fairness and respect. It is also important that our pupils develop an enjoyment of Physical Education and an understanding of why being physical active will help them in their everyday lives.
The national curriculum for Physical Education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives
Our EYFS and KS1 pupils will learn to be physically literate through participation in fundamental skills and movement, gymnastics, dance and games. KS2 pupils will study various areas, these include: gymnastics, athletics, games, swimming (Year 3), dance and outdoor adventurous activity. Within P.E lessons, children will adopt many different roles such as a performer, coach, umpire and leader. We wish for our pupils to access a wide range of sporting opportunities and explore and experience a wide range of outdoor activities. Our curriculum focuses on learning basic skills and knowledge, which can be transferred to a range of sports. We want our children to learn new skills, improve these skills and utilise these skills in competition. We have adopted the Association of Physical Activity (AfPE) concept of head, heart and hand as a reflection tool to assist our children learn, recognise and understand that PE consists not just about physical skill/ability but of three areas: physical, thinking and behavioural change.
Our PE curriculum is delivered by external agencies with Achieve More Sport delivering games, athletics and outdoor adventurous activities to KS2 and fundamental skills and movement to EYFS and KS1. Flex Dance Academy (qualified teachers) delivering dance and gymnastics to EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Year Three attend swimming lessons at our local leisure centre and are taught to swim by Salford Community Leisure’s qualified swimming teachers.
Our own outdoor adventurous activity element of the curriculum is complemented, celebrated and concluded when our Year Six class visit Lledr Hall – Salford’s residential centre, where they participate in outdoor adventurous activities at a specialised outdoor education centre.
We acknowledge local health data, which highlights obesity concerns within young people in Irlam and Cadishead. To encourage our pupils to be physically active, understand why and encourage them to adopt healthy habits, we believe our pupils should be physically active every day. Our pupils will take part in The Daily Mile, three times per week. This is in addition to their allocated P.E. curriculum time. We provide opportunities to be physically active through active learning, learning outside of the classroom, providing stimulating play opportunities during break times and a wide range of breakfast, lunchtime and extra-curriculum activities. The use of iMoves for physical activity breaks is used across all year groups when teachers feel it is beneficial to the children’s learning. As part of our focus on children’s wellbeing, we organise regular age appropriate, yoga based sessions, as special events, which also concentrate on teaching breathing techniques and stretching.
We value opportunities free play and have invested into developing our school grounds into a space where children can explore and be physically active outside. Our KS2 playground has a play shed full of equipment that children can independently access during lunch times to support their play. Opportunities to play ball sports are catered for and resourced, and are timetabled fairly to ensure each year group is allocated time and a safe space to organise their own games. To complement free play experiences, we have sports leaders and sports coaches organising more structured activities during some lunch times.
It is our ambition that all pupils leave our school able to ride a bike and have the confidence and skills to safety ride and proficiently cycle in their local environments. We want our children to be able to cycle for their health and happiness; we want our pupils to adopt healthy habits and a healthy lifestyle and use cycling as an alternative mode of transport over car use. Cycling gives our pupils and their families access to their local community which we encourage. We provide opportunities for our pupils to learn how to cycle, using our bank of bikes, and in Year Five children have the opportunity to learn how to ride safely on local roads through Bike Ability training. This is delivered and assessed by an external organisation.
At St Teresa’s we value participation in competition and sporting festivals and actively participate in festivals and competitions both locally within Irlam and Cadishead, through our membership of a local sports cluster and wider in the City of Salford through our affiliation to the Salford School Sports Partnership. We encourage our pupils to represent their school, and have pride in representing school, both in competitive sports against other schools or through accessible festival based events. We believe children benefit immensely through school sport opportunities and learn the values of passion, self-belief, respect, honesty, determination and teamwork. Before and after-school clubs are offered in a variety of sports to our pupils. These opportunities are delivered by school staff and external organisations. Our commitment to School Sport is acknowledged in our Gold Award for School Games Mark. We have achieved this accolade for five consecutive years.