At The Lancaster School Physical Education, or PE, is taught throughout the school, from Foundation Stage to year 2.
Physical education is designed to teach children the skills needed to be active and to move with control and co-ordination, as well as skills that can be applied to a range of different sports and activities. This is completed within PE lessons, as well as activities within class. PE promotes personal, social, intellectual and physical skills and at our school we attempt to foster co-operation, tolerance and self-esteem. Our school aims to promote an enjoyment in undertaking exercise in all children so this will hopefully continue throughout childhood as part of a healthy life style. Another key part of Physical Education is teaching children about how to have a healthy lifestyle and how our bodies are affected by exercise and movement. PE is an integral part of school practices allowing all children in the school to gain a sense of achievement and develop positive attitudes towards themselves and others.
In Foundation Stage, children develop control and co-ordination in large and small movements. Children begin to move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively and begin to develop fundamental movement skills through games.
In Key Stage 1, PE lessons are primarily based on fundamental movement skill. This means that the children will learn and practise a range of skills and movements through different activities and games. The children will also perform dances using simple movement patterns using ribbon and pompoms.
In PE pupils learn how to think in different ways to suit a wide variety of creative, competitive and challenging activities. They learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, ideas and performances to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through this process pupils discover their aptitudes, abilities and preferences, and make choices about how to get involved in lifelong physical activity. Physical education has the potential to make significant contributions to, and provide substantial support for, many areas of the curriculum.
Within PE lessons, children are given the opportunities to take part in new sports from Archery to Mini Swords (Fencing). The children are also given the opportunity to take part in sports competitions and learn about the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship.