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Longparish Church of England Primary School (Aided)

Physical Education

Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity Vision Statement

“For all children in Longparish CE Primary School to experience excellent physical education, school sport and physical activity (PESSPA) that will lead to life-long participation.”

Longparish CE Primary School recognises the values that a high quality PE and school sport curriculum gives pupils. PE and School Sport play a vital part in living out our Christian values of ‘Excellence, Friendship and Respect’ on a daily basis.  

We aim to provide children with the opportunities to challenge themselves, inspire and be inspired, be active, collaborate, compete and lead others.

We believe that providing pupils with high quality sporting opportunities will:

  • Instil a love of being active which will stay with our pupils through adulthood.

  • Build a sense of belonging and cooperation through team work; to learn to cope with success and failure as a team and build resilience. 

  • Enable pupils to practise mutual respect and responsibility; taking turns and sharing.

  • Help themselves and others to improve and achieve goals.

  • Show pupils how to have fun, take on different roles and be active and healthy. 

We understand that children have personal preferences in the activities they choose and we are proactive in offering a wide range of opportunities, during school time and in afterschool provision of clubs.  Our aim is for children to foster a love of being active and for this to continue beyond school.

All pupils are entitled to benefit from high quality PE provision and there is significant evidence to show that this supports other learning right across the curriculum. It also contributes to healthy and active lifestyles, improves emotional well-being, reduces poor behaviour, increases attendance and develops key skills such as leadership, confidence, social and team building skills. 

We celebrate sporting success and achievements both within school tournaments and outside of school successes within our Friday Celebration Worships and in our weekly newsletters.

Our PE curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils develop the fundamental skills and competence to excel in a wide range of physical activities by providing a broad & balanced curriculum with opportunities for all to be enjoyed. A high quality PE curriculum will develop physical literacy and will allow pupils to learn about themselves, the importance of a healthy lifestyle, self-expression and concepts such as fair play and respect. It also contributes to the development of a range of important cognitive skills such as decision making and analysis, and social skills such as teamwork and communication. Physical education encourages pupils to be active and supports them in their understanding of how to participate safely and effectively. They understand the barriers to participation and work to overcome these for themselves and others. Our PE curriculum will be inclusive and ensure that pupils of all abilities access the range of activities we offer and that they are physically active for sustained periods of time in order to encourage them to lead healthy, active lives. There will also be opportunities for pupils to take on leadership roles in which they can build character and embed values such as fairness and respect. 

Regular participation in sport and physical activity can help to reduce the risk of heart failure; improve physical fitness; help with weight management; promote good health; instil self- discipline; develop skill; improve self- confidence; reduce stress and develop lifelong learning skills. A high quality physical education curriculum can inspire all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We are improving our programme of intra and inter school competitions which will provide opportunities for pupils to participate in competitive sports and activities both in and beyond the curriculum. Our mission is to improve and increase the quality and quantity of high quality PE for pupils, to show how PE can enhance pupils’ attainment and achievement and to create pathways for them to continue to be active beyond school. 

We will be developing our links to outside agencies and clubs which will help to generate positive interaction in the community. We are striving towards improving the delivery of the teaching & learning of PE in order to promote participation, progress and performance. ‘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). 

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 dedication, 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. 

By implementing a monitoring & reviewing assessment system of PE, we can measure the impact and progress of the quality & provision within our school which will lead to overall whole school improvement.