‘Realising potential through participation, performance and success’.
The Physical Education department aims to provide all children with a positive experience within their PE lessons and extra-curricular activities. We aim to encourage a lifelong interest in sport in line with the School Mission Statement. We strive to ensure that each and every pupil has the opportunity to develop physically, socially and morally within the department’s programmes of work.
Experiencing success and receiving acknowledgement of that success is considered crucial to the promotion of a pupils’ self-esteem and sense of well-being. At St James’, the department strives to aid all students in the adoption of healthy lifestyles. Developmental schemes of work are sympathetic to the pupil’s needs, and sets high levels of expectation for every pupil relative to their ability and experience.
In Year 7 students learn to master basic skills, techniques and rules from a broad and balanced range of activities that they have experienced in physical education at Key Stage 2 and other sports that are introduced to them for the first time.
In Year 8 students build upon learning from Year 7, further developing skills and techniques including tactical knowledge and higher level thinking to outwit opponents or demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
In Year 9 students develop advanced skills and processes for each activity including the use of high level thinking to apply tactics to full game situations. They can now evaluate their own performances compared to previous ones and understand what makes a performance effective including the use of sports specific terminology.
PE develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.
A high-quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others’ performances and find ways to improve them. As a result, they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps them make informed choices about lifelong participation.
PE helps pupils develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.