‘Every winner was once a beginner.’
‘A healthy mind in a healthy body.’ famous Latin quotation
Why is it important to teach 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. (National Curriculum for PE 2014)
We believe that it is important for children to understand and embrace the links between physical activity and mental wellbeing. Children are encouraged to take part in regular physical activity, which lay the foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle. Alongside the physical benefits of a high-quality physical education curriculum, we recognise the positive impact it has on children’s social and cognitive skills. Through a broad, well-taught curriculum, pupils will develop skills in decision making, analysis, resilience and collaboration.
All three schools within Discovery Multi-Academy Trust use Cambridgeshire SoW for Physical Education, which is a has been produced to support the planning and delivery of National Curriculum Physical Education as a response to the 2014 review. It is about teaching PE in a way that engages and challenges EVERY child in primary school. Cambridgeshire SoW involves both ‘learning to move’ (i.e. becoming more physically competent) and ‘moving to learn’ (e.g. learning through movement, a range of skills and understandings beyond physical activity, such as co-operating with others). The context for the learning is physical activity, with children experiencing a broad range of activities, including reocognisable sporting applications, swimming, OAA and dance.
The notion of ‘learning to move; moving to learn’ underpins a high-quality Physical Education curriculum and aims to support staff to deliver consistently high quality Physical Education lessons.