Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.’
Nelson Mandela, 2000
Physical Education Vision Statement
At Overchurch Junior School, we believe all children should have access to a high quality Physical Education (PE) curriculum and PE should be an integral part of the whole school curriculum. Our School recognises the benefits high quality PE provision and school sport can give to all pupils.
Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop physical literacy and the fundamental knowledge, understanding and skills to excel in a wide range of physical activities, by providing a broad & balanced curriculum with opportunities for all.
Our PE curriculum will contribute to healthy and active lifestyles; improve emotional well-being, reduce challenging behaviour, increase attendance and develop key skills such as leadership, self-esteem, resilience and team building skills.
‘High quality PE and school sport produces young people with the skills, understanding, desire and commitment to continue to improve and achieve in a range of PE, sport and health-enhancing physical activities in line with their abilities’ (DCMS Learning through PE & Sport).
Physical education encourages pupils to be active and supports them in their understanding of how to participate safely and effectively. Our PE curriculum is inclusive to ensure that pupils of all abilities access the range of activities on offer and that they are physically active for sustained periods of time in order to encourage them to lead healthy, active lives.
A high quality PE curriculum can also inspire pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We will endeavour to provide opportunities for pupils to participate in competitive sports and activities both in and beyond the curriculum. This will mean that all pupils have the opportunity to participate in regular competitive sport.
PE will develop not only physical literacy and physical skills, but it will allow pupils to learn about themselves, the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle, self-expression and concepts such as fair play and respect. It will also contribute to the development of a range of important cognitive skills, such as decision making and analysis, and social skills such as teamwork and communication.
Our School also recognises the impact that the provision of a high quality PE and School sport curriculum has on the whole School and that it can lead to whole School improvements.
‘Developing pupil’s personal qualities through PE can affect their attitudes towards school and learning. When PE and School sport provision is of the highest quality, all pupils will, to the best of their abilities, develop and demonstrate the following personal qualities:
- A strong desire to learn & make progress;
- High levels of attendance and involvement in PE and School sport;
- High levels of commitment to PE and School sport;
- Good levels of positive behaviour such as politeness, fair play and helpfulness; and
- High levels of enjoyment and enthusiasm and a strong desire to get involved.’
(DCMS Learning through PE & Sport)