During the course of your child’s time at The Trinity Catholic Primary school we aim to provide a high-quality physical education curriculum, which inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in activities. Our curriculum has been developed to fit the needs of the school and local area with consultation from the children and adapted to fit the needs of the children in the current climate.
Pupils start off in PE by developing fundamental movement skills such as; running, jumping and throwing. This is to aid the children in becoming increasingly balanced, coordinated and agile. They will also start to compete in cooperative and competitive physical activities. This will include attacking and defending and also simple dance patterns.
As children progress into the Upper Key stage, pupils will apply their skills and develop them into sequences of movements. For example, the running, throwing and catching they learnt in Key Stage 1, they will build on these skills when playing games. Children will have exposure to a variety of games such as cricket, football, netball, rounders and tennis. There will also be a more in-depth focus on developing flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. They will do this through dance, gymnastics and athletics. Children will also be given opportunities to develop and evaluate their performances. Swimming lessons are provided for Key Stage 2.
We use both formative and summative assessment information in every PE lesson. This helps us provide the best possible support for all of our pupils, including the more able. At The Trinity, we ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. All children are provided with the skills and given opportunities to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Our pupils are physically active, and this has positive implications on their learning in the classroom. Children understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of exercise. We hope children enjoy PE and develop a love of sports, and physical activity, that they pursue outside of school and in future life outside of primary school. All pupils understand the values and importance of fair play and being a good sportsperson.
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sports 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 sports and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Schools are not required by law to teach the example content in [square brackets].
Pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and cooperative physical activities in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.
In particular, pupils should be taught to:
We offer a variety of extracurricular clubs. This year, Y6 have after-school football sessions with Mrs Maher, and Y4 have a multi-sports club with Mr Daley which takes place on a Monday after school. We have a ‘street dance’ coach who comes into school, a ‘modern dance coach’, a fitness coach and coaches from Liverpool FC who provide football coaching for our Y3’s. We are also looking to provide rugby coaching through Rugby Tots.
The Daily Mile is an initiative aimed at improving the physical, social, emotional, and mental health and wellbeing of children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances. We began trialling the Daily Mile at our school in the last academic year (2020/21); it has been a whole school activity since that time.
During the trial period, we found a positive effect on not only the children’s fitness but also on their emotional wellbeing. Children were happy whilst participating and developed new social relationships with running buddies. After the daily mile, they focused quickly in lessons and were able to concentrate for longer. On ‘wet play days’, the daily mile seemed to reduce any behaviour problems in the afternoons. We feel it helps our children to develop learning qualities such as perseverance and determination, which are important qualities to have in all aspects of school life.
The Daily Mile has numerous benefits for children, whether they run, jog or walk.
All children in Key Stage 2 are offered a residential ‘outdoor adventure’ activity break:
Y3 – CHET (2 days)
Y4 – CHET (2 days)
Y5 – Kingswood Colomendy (3 days)
Y6 – Acorn Adventures based in South Wales (5 days)