PE is about developing the children’s enjoyment, confidence and skill in physical activity and informing the children of how to live a healthy, active lifestyle both in school and in the communities for themselves and their families. It is a practical subject, which gives all children, irrespective of physical ability, age or gender, opportunities for participation, enjoyment and success. It is an essential part of the national curriculum which teaches the children the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
PE promotes personal, social, intellectual and physical skills, as well as team work, cooperation, tolerance and self- esteem.
Nelson Mandela aims to provide opportunities for active participation during all PE lessons. As a Rights Respecting School, the importance of the right to stay healthy and exercise, as well as the right to play and have fun is a crucial part of our ethos. Every week all teachers should be aiming for two hours of high quality exercise which raises the heart beat of every child and provides opportunities for the discussion of the changes to our bodies and the benefits of this. These two hours are built up from a 1 hour PE lesson and 60 minutes of extra ‘activity time’ during the curriculum. Our school is committed to active lessons and active learning! The general programmes of study emphasise that all children should plan, perform and evaluate their work, but with the main emphasis on participation. We aim to provide problem solving situations, which develop both individual learning and team building that involves opportunities to develop language skills and an understanding of success and failure.
There are specific programmes of study, which outline six areas of activity. Children in the foundation stage and key stage one will be involved in gymnastics, games and dance. Children in key stage two will be involved in all six areas.
- Net and Wall games
- Invasion games
- Swimming and Outdoor activities
During each lesson skills of control, accuracy and movement will be focused on; the language and terminology associated with the area of study should also be given a high profile in the children’s planning and evaluating. In all PE lessons children will be told about the changes that occur to their bodies as they exercise, e.g. feeling their pulse rate before, during and after exercise. The ideas associated with fair play and good sporting behaviour will be advocated at all times, while the children will be encouraged to demonstrate a healthy competitive attitude.