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It is our intent at Emmaus to teach children life skills that will positively impact on their future. We believe that a healthy body is essential for a healthy mind and that this is especially relevant in an area where there is statistically poor health. Our commitment to this is evident in the provision of, on average, two hours Physical Education each week for all pupils. We aim to deliver high-quality physical activity and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in all aspects of physical education. We want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. Children will take part in competitions, develop competence and enjoyment from these activities. Through our carefully designed curriculum our children will be physically active for sustained periods of time. We will use strategies to ensure maximum participation while the long-term benefits of regular exercise and a healthy diet are reinforced throughout. The long-term benefits of regular exercise are also repeated and consolidated in PSHE and Science lessons. We want children to employ imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography and provide opportunities in lessons so they are able to improve their own and others’ performance.
Pupils at Emmaus participate in weekly high quality physical education and sporting activities. We follow the scheme of work called ’Get Set for PE’. Each lesson clearly outlines the objective, the key vocabulary and the key skills the children will be learning. Our lessons are split into three parts. A warm up activity, the main activity and skills based part of the lesson and plenary that consolidates the learning from the lesson and encourages forward planning and thinking for the next lesson. Our PE scheme incorporates a variety of sports to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. We provide opportunities for all children to engage in extra-curricular activities both during and after school, in addition to competitive sporting events that we take part in. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being.
Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Emmaus, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines physical education promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives. Our children understand that both sport and life is competitive and that you are not always able to win but with a per commitment and a desire to better; you can improve to reach your own personal best. All KS2 pupils leave with improved water confidence and it is our aspiration that they are able to swim 25 m using a recognised stroke. Overall Emmaus pupils leave with the knowledge that sport and physical activity can be fun and should be enjoyed as part of an active healthy lifestyle.