The aim of PE at Episkopi Primary School is to inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport (against self and others) and other physically-demanding activities, providing opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. We want our pupils to know the importance of leading a healthy and active life.
Our high-quality physical education curriculum helps embed our school’s core values. Our pupils build their confidence and character through the different opportunities to compete in sport and other activities, which helps to develop their understanding of fairness and respect. As children become increasingly confident and competent in a broad range of PE, they will be engaged in co-operative physical activities which requires relationship skills, especially when participating in team games: communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. As the challenges increase, pupils will need to show a sense of resilience in order to compete at a higher level, against self and others. By giving the pupils at Episkopi Primary School access to a broad range of opportunities in PE, we promote a sense of resourcefulness that will encourage and equip them to access and embrace a healthy, active lifestyle - taking part in sports and activities outside of school through community links or clubs. As pupils continue to develop their PE skills, they will learn the importance of reflection as they are required to evaluate and recognise (and celebrate) their own success.
Across all year groups, there is a focus on making the most of every opportunity and to become the best version of yourself that you can be. By comparing their performances with previous ones and demonstrating improvements to achieve their personal best in a broad range of different physical activities, children are encouraged to constantly reflect on their achievements and look for ways to improve. In PE, pupils learn the importance of cooperation skills and the need to communicate and collaborate effectively with others, especially when working within a team, building on trust which is fundamental in developing relationships. Ultimately, we want our pupils to develop the confidence and desire to get involved in exercise, sports and activities in and out of school, and for this interest to continue in later life so they will lead a healthy, active life.
Our PE curriculum covers all aspects of the National Curriculum and areas of focus include:
- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- perform dances using simple movement patterns.
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
- perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.