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St Matthew's CE Primary School

Faith • Respect • Achievement • Friendship

PESSPA (Physical Education, School Sport & Physical Activity)

Intent – What do we want to achieve?

St Matthews Primary School believes that Physical Education (PE), experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is essential to ensure children attain optimum physical and emotional development and good health. We intend to deliver high-quality teaching and regular learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical education and in developing life skills. We want to teach children skills to keep them safe such as being able to swim.  We also want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at St Matthews, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes.

Implementation – What have we done?

  • PE at St Matthews School provides challenging and enjoyable learning through a range of sporting activities including; invasion games, net & wall games, strike and field games, gymnastics, dance, swimming and outdoor & adventure (Forest School).
  • All classes participate in a variety of activities which ensure that they are meeting the daily 30 minutes of physical activity at school. This includes forest school time within the schools' woodland areas.
  • The long term plan sets out the PE units which are to be taught throughout the year and ensures that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. Mr Harris has completed a Level 5 PESS Course which has allowed us to review our PE curriculum, by reflecting and improving it upon pupil and staff feedback and in response to Ofsted research review for P.E.
  • Pupils participate in two high quality PE lessons each week, covering two activities every half-term.
  • In addition, children are encouraged to participate in the varied range of extracurricular activities in and outside of school. At St Matthews children can attend after school sport clubs four evenings per week, offering football, Dance (CM Sports), Multiskills and Karate.
  • Children are invited to attend competitive sporting events within the local area within the cluster schools at the Oakmoor Secondary School.  This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills and are very much enjoyed by the children.
  • The school has a travel tracker that the children are encouraged to take part in which encourages and promotes a healthy lifestyle.
  • This year 14 children of Year 6 children are continuing to be Play Leaders for the school. They develop into sporting role models for the younger children, assisting with lunchtime games, and any other Sporting activities.
  • New Play Leaders will be trained (Current Year 5) will be trained around Easter this Year.
  • Children in all years (R-6) swim once a week for during the Summer 1 Term.  We also offer a swimming club during this term for KS2 Children.
  • Annually, the school celebrates ‘sports day’ to educate and promote a healthy lifestyle and physical activity. Children engage in a wide range of inclusive, competitive activities and sports. A strong emphasis is placed on the school values of respect, friendship, achievement as well as sporting ability.

Impact – What impact has it had?

We help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. From our lessons, our children learn to take ownership for their own health and fitness, many of whom also enjoy success of competitive sports. We equip our children with necessary sports and life skills and help to develop a love for physical activity and sport. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through PE.

PE Long Term Plan 

Don't forget to check out our School Sport Section. 

Don't forget to check out our Physical Activity Section. 

Check out Photo's from all our PESSPA Activities. 

If you want to see how the sports premium funding is spent click here.