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PE at Our Lady Star of the Sea
Physical Education at Our Lady Star of the Sea is valued for its unique contribution to developing children’s physical, social, interpersonal and emotional skills. It provides opportunities for children to be creative and competitive while learning to work with and respect others.
At Our Lady Star of the Sea, children learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, often in pairs and small groups, helping them to develop the quality and effectiveness of their work. The children in our school develop confidence and competence in performing different skills and build a resilience to overcome challenges as they arise. A positive attitude towards active lifestyles is promoted and we aim to introduce children to lifelong physical activity.
The PE Curriculum at Our Lady Star of the Sea
In the Foundation Stage children are encouraged to access a wide range of physical activity provision throughout the indoor and outdoor classroom as well as taking part in set PE sessions .Physical Development is one of the areas in the Early Years Foundation Stage where children learn to explore, experiment and refine their social, gross and fine motor skills.
In Key Stage 1, children build on their early experiences and move into paired and group activities. They begin to play different games, explore and link actions, improve coordination and balance. They begin to express ideas and feelings about their own performances through dance.
At this stage of their physical journey, the children are introduced to the BAGA award scheme for gymnastics and will begin to manipulate these skills on their own and as part of a simple sequence.
During the summer months, the children prepare for Sports Day through tailored PE sessions that focus on the skills required on the day.
In Key Stage 2, children build on their previous experiences through a broader PE curriculum. They learn specific skills and refine and improve existing ones. The children explore different areas of dance, both modern and contemporary, developing the confidence to evaluate their own and other performances and reflecting on how they can improve. Dance is largely incorporated into the Year 6 end-of-year production.
In gymnastics, the children continue to work through the BAGA skills, manipulating the skills individually, as part of a group, in a sequence, using small apparatus and using large apparatus.
The children will be introduced to team based games and throughout Key Stage 2 they will develop their tactical understanding of how to best perform. The children will develop skills in tag rugby, football, netball, hockey, basketball and dodgeball.
Years 3, 4 and 5 all have swimming provision throughout the year, with each class spending a term at Ellesmere Port Swimming Village in order to develop swimming skills.
During the summer months, the children develop their batting and fielding skills through a variety of games including rounders (in many different forms) and cricket. In preparation for Sports Day, there is also a focus on both track and field athletics. The children evaluate their own and their peer’s work in order that they can monitor improvement through the schemes of work.
Extra-Curricular Provision at Our Lady Star of the Sea
At Our Lady’s we endeavour to offer an extensive extra-curricular programme. We organise many clubs that take place after school, including athletics, cross country, football, tag rugby, netball, dance, judo, fencing and basketball (this changes from year-to-year). Most clubs are run by school staff but occasionally we arrange for sports specialist agencies to come in and deliver a scheme of work.
Competitive Sport at Our Lady Star of the Sea
The children are regularly given the chance to compete. This may be an internal competition, as part of the local sports partnership (Cheshire Oaks School Sports Partnership) or through friendly fixtures arranged between schools.
As part of the Cheshire Oaks School Sports Partnership, the children are given the opportunity to compete in level 2 competitions (local area) against other local schools in tag rugby, football, netball, athletics, swimming and many other sports. If the children are successful, they progress to level 3 finals (county).
All Key Stage 2 children are invited to take part in the Ellesmere Port and Neston Cross Country Series. The series takes place at several different schools throughout the academic year finishing with the final that takes place at Our Lady Star of the Sea.