At St James’ School we believe that it is important for children to be as active as possible. We strive to provide an enjoyable, engaging PE curriculum that is committed to teaching fundamental skills and providing a wide range of sporting opportunities. We strongly link our Values Education with PE, through encouraging cooperation, communication, determination, perseverance and respect , to name but a few.
Our curriculum is set around core tasks and fundamentals, which ensure that a broad range of skills and sports are experienced by the children. Children are actively encouraged to evaluate and recognise their own success, areas in which they excel and ways in which they need to improve. All children will experience;
We are a realPE school. This programme of work runs throughout the key stages. It focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning through a unique and fun approach to teaching and learning in PE.
We assess children against the expected outcomes from the end of 2014 National Curriculum Key Stage statements in conjunction with the expected learning outcomes associated with the core task cards and realPE expectations.
Why Physical Literacy is Important.
St James School believe that it is vital children lead healthy and active lifestyles and, through our PE curriculum, along with Extra- Curricular activities, we aim to impart these beliefs on the children. We are strongly encouraging all pupils to become more active and to know the value of being fit and healthy to enable them to experience life in all it's fullness. Children take part in Wake Up Shake Up at the end of each lunchtime , which is based on fun moves to ‘pop’ music which are designed around core movement skills to encourage good physical development. Children complete a 'daily mile' as a way of being physically active throughout the day. We also make sure that our playtimes and lunchtimes encourage active lifestyles and have lots of equipment for the children to use as part of this. We want our children to take what they learn in school and embed it into their wider lives and even into their adolescence and adulthood when they leave us.
We encourage children to compete in sports at varying levels. We strongly believe that it is important for children to engage with competitive sports and activities in order to build character and help embed values such as fairness and respect. During the school year we have a busy calendar of events, such as multi-skills festivals, football, netball, quicksticks and tag-rugby tournaments as well as youth games events. We also arrange matches against local schools.
We have many Extra-Curricular sports clubs at St James. These are run both by members of staff and external coaches. For example, running, Sports 4 All, football, netball, rounders, gymnastics and cricket clubs are all offered and we are looking to expand this even further over the upcoming terms.
In summary, we want all children at St-James to be inspired by, enjoy, succeed and excel in sports and fitness, both in the short and long term.
'Life in all its fullness' John 10:10
At St James, we believe that it is important to stay healthy. You would probably be shocked to find out how much hidden sugar is in the food and drink we consume every day. This Change4Life website is very helpful to see how much sugar is in the things we buy. There is an app that you can download so that you can take it shopping with you and there are also some really lovely, healthy recipes. Take a look. https://www.nhs.uk/sugar-smart/sugar-facts