Cottesmore St Mary Catholic Primary School

Physical Education  

What is PE?

PE provides children with regular physical activity each week and promotes a healthy lifestyle. This subject develops a range of cross curricular and key life skills including team work, confidence, self esteem and peer assessment. PE teaches the pupils the short and long term effects of exercise on the body. It helps them develop core sports skills that they can apply to a range of activities in the future.

Why is it important to learn about PE ?

A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

What PE is taught at Cottesmore?

Pupils are taught a range of PE skills in half termly blocks. They are taught how to warm up and stretch their muscles and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The importance of safe practice and the need to work as a team and support each other.

How is PE taught at Cottesmore?

Each year group receive 2 PE lessons a week, an indoor lesson developing skills in gymnastics and dance. An outdoor session led by the class teacher and PE specialist which develops core skills which can be applied to a range of sports. They are also taught specific skills in, tag rugby, football, netball, hockey, tennis and athletics. These skills are developed through individual and team activities and competition is encouraged through intra school activities and competitions against other schools. The pupils are also encouraged to officiate their own competitions developing a sense of fairness and understanding of rules. All PE lessons aim to develop a high level of self esteem and involvement and all levels of achievement are recognised.

How you can support your child at home with PE?

There are many opportunities now for children to participate in sports activities and clubs inside and outside school. It is important that we all promote to the children the need for a healthy lifestyle and how they can look after their own health and well being.