St Cecilia’s Catholic Junior School believes that physical education is an essential part of a child’s educational development. We aim to develop a broad, rich and engaging curriculum offering a variety of activities to enhance skills in physical education and provide all children with a range of opportunities and experiences. Positive and inclusive participation in physical education will enable children to build self-esteem, team work, and positive values and attitudes transferable to other areas of the curriculum and helping children to be the best members of our community that they can be.
We aim to:
- Develop confidence, skills and knowledge.
- Develop physical literacy
- Provide new quality sporting opportunities
- Be proud of achievements.
- Promote fair play and respect, the way Jesus would want us to
- Encourage children to live healthy, active lives.
- Engage in competitive sports and activities.
PE at St Cecilia's Junior School
Here at St Cecilia's, we enjoy a variety of different PE sessions and Extra-Curricular activities. We endeavour to ensure that children get 2 sessions of PE per week; this may be in the form of Sports, Athletics, Dance, Swimming and/or Gymnastics. These sessions are delivered by class teachers, our Sports Coach, or external providers.
Extra-curricular sessions often result in competition participation. So far this year, children have competed in Water Polo, Athletics, Football, Hockey, Basketball and Dodgeball competitions. We have many more coming up, including dance.
Children must have their PE kit in school every day, as PE can take place on any day of the week (weather dependent). Children can wear the school PE kit or tracksuit. Sensible trainers or pumps must be worn in PE lessons.
In addition to these sessions, all children take part in "Fun, Fit, Friday" where they run the School Mile. All children wear their PE kits on Friday and complete the run in Year Groups, to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
To support the whole child approach, The Youth Sports Trust have developed a product called My Personal Best. This programme supports children to develop as a whole progressively and uses a life skills approach to teaching PE. It supports every child to flourish and to achieve their personal best in PE, in school and life.
At KS1 the focus is on giving pupils a strong foundation
At lower KS2 the scheme promotes core Strengths. Support pupils’ personal growth.
At upper KS2 the pupils develop their performance Skills and enable pupils to act independently.
More information on My Personal Best can be found at www.youthsporttrust.org/mypersonalbest.
Children have been taking part in Relax-ED sessions, run by their class teachers. The sessions promote mindfulness and well-being and provide relaxation techniques to relieve stress. This helps the children to feel calm, which is vital for classroom learning. The positive nature of the sessions promotes a "Can Do" attitude and contributes to a healthy mind and an awareness of positive mental health.
Indoor Athletics, November 2019
Children from years 4, 5 and 6 took part in the LSSP Indoor Athletics Competition at Saint Francis Xavier's College. The children competed in running, jumping and throwing events. After all the scores were added up, we came fifth which was fantastic achievement. Most importantly, the children had a wonderful time competing in fun, healthy events.
We love PE at St Cecilia's Junior School. Here are some of the things our children have to say about their PE sessions:
"I'm really proud of how strong my arms have got through playing dodgeball in PE lessons and at playtimes," Joseph, Year 4.
"PE is important because it helps you to know right and wrong!" Taylor, Year 4.
"PE helps me to learn skills for the future," Sinead, Year 5.
"Yes, like skills to be a basketball player!" Charlie, Year 5.
"We sometimes Maths in PE, like when we play basketball we need to use angles to help us to aim!" Fynton, Year 5.
"The PE gets more challenging every year; we've practised more so everyone is getting better and better and winning gets harder!" Harrie, Year 6.
"It's important because it helps s to get fit and reduce stress. It makes us more willing to try new things because we are stronger and have more confidence," Amy, Year 6.
Pupil voice collected November 2018.