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At Meadowside Primary we recognise the importance PE plays in the curriculum and are committed to providing all children with opportunities to engage fully in Physical Education. We aim to develop children's basic physical competencies, build confidence in their ability and build the foundations for a lifelong love of sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. PE lessons encourage children to compete against themselves and others whilst being challenged to improve their physical, social, emotional and thinking skills.
Our PE lessons are planned using the Get Set 4 PE platform, which aligns with our core values, our whole child approach to PE and the objectives laid out in the National Curriculum. Get Set 4 PE is planned so that progression is built into the scheme which ensures our children are increasingly challenged as they move up through the school.
Meadowside Primary school is also part of the Kettering School Sports Partnership and encourage children to take part in the School Games. The Northamptonshire School Games is part of a national programme of competitive sport that is open to all young people in every school across Northamptonshire. It is a celebration of competitive sport that involves young people aged 5-18 years, of all abilities and backgrounds. The School Games programme is made up of three levels of competition:
Intra-School: Competition within a school i.e. regular house competitions
Inter-School: Competitions between local schools i.e. cluster/partnership events
County Finals: Competitions between schools countywide representing their district
PE impacts positively not just on general physical fitness but also contributes to developing key skills which can be applied to life beyond primary school.
Improved Physical Fitness- The most obvious impact of physical activities throughout the curriculum helping to improve pupil’s overall physical fitness. Ensuring that our pupils are physically fit from a young age can help prevent future health issues.
Teaches Self Discipline-PE teaches pupils lessons which can be transferred into real-life situations when they grow up. Self-discipline is one of the most important skills to have – especially when revising for exams and working full time as an adult.
Improves leadership skills and goal setting-Being part of a team can help pupils develop important skills such as communication, goal setting and working as a team.
Stress Reduction-Encouraging fun in sports-related environments can help to give pupils an outlet to relieve any stresses that they may have.
Respect-Finally, one of the most important benefits of Physical Education is it teaches pupils respect. This includes respect for their personal physical and mental health; and also respect for others which is an important value to have in other social and working environments.