In physical education children take part in a wide variety of activities. They learn that being active is fun and that it is important to lead an active lifestyle. At the beginning of their school life children learn and explore basic movement skills, they develop these skills throughout their time at Morley St Francis and leave as confident movers able to play a wide range of sports.
At Key Stage one, children experience dance, games, athletics and gymnastics. At Key Stage two in addition to those taught earlier, pupils also have lessons in swimming and outdoor/adventurous activities.
In gymnastics children use the large apparatus which enables them to develop their gross motor skills (climbing, jumping, balance etc). We play a wide variety of team games and during fine weather we take advantage of our playing field for outdoor activities of many kinds. Lessons involving the use of small apparatus (bats, balls, skipping ropes etc) develop the children’s fine motor skills, such as catching, throwing and hand/eye co-ordination. During the summer the children carry out athletics on the track on the school field and learn the fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing events.
Pupils in Years 4 and 5 attend weekly swimming lessons at Morley Leisure Centre, where they are taught by trained instructors. The programme includes water confidence, safety and stroke technique.
At St Francis Primary, we believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical literacy and well-being. Our children are inspired to engage in physical activity, raise their attainment, extend their potential and develop a lifelong active lifestyle.
By placing PE and sport at the heart of a broad and balanced curriculum we aim to build self-esteem, teamwork and leadership skills enabling each child to be the best they can be by:
- Improving health and well-being
- Providing high quality opportunities and outcomes
- Promoting lifelong learning, active participation and competition
- Raising achievement and supporting excellence
- Having the emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE and sport