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‘Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body and mind – it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.’ John F Kennedy.
Why is Physical Education important?
Physical education at Solent junior’s is vital in its contribution to a pupil's physical development, their emotional development and their mental health.
It is important that all pupils enjoy, succeed, excel and feel inspired in their Physical education, so they will be able to embed attitudes of a healthy lifestyle, to feel confident and prepared to ‘have a go’, compete in competitions and stimulate them to be creative.
Aims By the end of year 6, pupils should leave us with a positive, confident attitude to all aspects of PE setting them up to challenge themselves at secondary and continue to embed exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.
They should be able to safely, and independently, warm-up up and cool down before and after exercise.
At the junior’s, they will have had experience to develop their skills towards playing team, competitive games, whilst focusing on fairness and respect.
As their bodies continue to grow, pupils would have been given opportunities to develop their co-ordination, flexibility, strength and balance. Showcasing these on our apparatus/ropes and wall bars.
They would have experienced different genres of dance linking to their topics taught in class and performed these to audiences.
Pupils will know the importance of evaluating their work and others and discussing ways to improve their performances or personal bests.
They should know the importance of how exercise can affect their mental health and will have had the opportunity to explore this through yoga, active brain breaks, active playtimes and breathing techniques.
How Physical education is taught
PE is taught twice a week, 1 session outside with their class teacher and 1 session in the hall with Mrs Brook. Mrs Brook, who is a specialist in dance and yoga, teaches the whole school during their afternoons of PPA carousel. As their PPA teacher, Mrs Brook is able to plan, work with and see how the pupils develop throughout their years at the juniors.
Physical education is also developed within our residential trips, for example, Calshot offers them climbing, dry slope skiing and develops their orienteering skills.
We run a number of after school clubs and wherever we can, will enter our school into local and county competitions.
Our school is well known for its ‘Dance Live’ pieces and creates opportunities for children to perform to a live audience at the Guildhall, Portsmouth.
Wherever we can, we invite professional sportsman to come and work with pupils and encourage them to take up sports outside of schools.
Sports day is a whole school event where our house teams will compete against each other in a variety of athletic type activities.
We also embrace sports for all abilities having close relations with ‘Bascule’ disability training.