PE Curriculum Statement
At St. Matthew’s, Physical Education is a core subject in which children learn the importance of an active lifestyle. Our aim is to deliver a high quality PE curriculum, which inspires all our learners to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. Our intent is to develop competence and a high level of skill and knowledge in a broad range of physical activities, build character and embed values such as team-work, sportsmanship and respect.
All children (Years R-6) receive a minimum of 2 hours of PE teaching a week. In addition, the school offers a range of extra- curricular activities, which are run by teachers and qualified sports coaches. Year 6 children are trained as sports leaders and are given the opportunity to apply their learning to organise sporting events during the year. Our Year 4 Phys-Kid volunteers organise lunchtime games and activities and the Year 5 children participate in BikeRight and also a lunchtime Sports Challenge Award. The school, together with our sports coach, offers an elite fitness and stamina training session for Key Stage 2 children. The school also enters various competitive sporting competitions and sport festivals.
In Key Stage 1 the children will develop their fundamental skills which will give them the building blocks to become competent and confident in a range of physical activities. The skills covered include:
In Key Stage 2 the children will continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They will develop the skills of communication, collaboration and the enjoyment of competing with each other. They will develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils will be taught to:
To ensure the children receive the best possible sport and PE experience at St Matthew’s we employ expert, professional coaches to work with all the children and staff. Children are introduced at an early age to structured PE and this allows us to identify those who are more capable and challenge them through a variety of differentiated activities and sports.
The school offers a wide variety of extra-curricular sports clubs. Our school enters as many competitions as we can so that the more able children, regardless of the sport, have the opportunity to compete against other schools. Success in these competitions allows them to compete at town and then county level.
We also develop pathways for the children so that they are able to continue and improve their skills at clubs outside the school. We have a number of children who now train at the town’s athletic club, the local cricket clubs, football and rugby clubs and some who participate in weekly netball matches. When necessary, our school also allows those children who participate at a higher level of sport, time away from school to train.
The school is also an active participant in a More Able and Talented cluster group, which organises a variety of opportunities, including sporting activities, for MAaT children, for example children have taken part in tennis days organised by David Lloyd Leisure.