St Elizabeths Catholic Primary School
Vision for PE and School Sport
‘Victory is having done your best. If you’ve done your best, you’ve won.’
At St Elizabeths Catholic Primary School we want every child to have left our school:
- equipped with strong fundamental skills and the knowledge of how to apply them to different activities
- having had regular opportunities to reach their ‘personal best’
- with a good understanding of how to live out the School Games Values
- committed to maintaining a healthy active lifestyle
The St Elizabeths Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity (PESSPA) Programme is part of a wider and established culture in the South Sefton Partnership that promotes the building of a solid base of fundamental movement skills from which to build an understanding and love of physical activity and sport. Our expectation is that every child will benefit from quality PE provision, leaving our school with basics firmly in place in order to feel confident applying their skills in PE and Sport activities in secondary school and beyond.
At St Elizabeths we invest in the PE and School Sport Provision, applying it to all areas of school life and seeing it as an important part of our school culture and ethos to ‘Live, Love, Learn’. The research and evidence is clear, School Sport develops the ‘whole person’ and helps us to build a culture of personal and collective success within our school community.
At St Elizabeths, our whole community celebrate and encourage full participation in competitive opportunities, both with ourselves (yes- staff included) and others. Competitive sport isn’t an optional extra; it is an essential building block key in building pupils’ self-esteem, confidence and the school ethos. It is part of a broad curriculum and all pupils are expected to participate to their personal best.
Competition is part of life helps to shape character, brings our school community together helps us to realise our full potential- not just physically but mentally. Life is tough and sport can sometimes be too but this is something we encourage our children to face head on, not to shy away from. How better to prepare pupils for the setbacks that life will inevitably throw at us? Winning and losing is part of the human experience and life is all the richer for it.
We endeavour to guide our children through challenges in order to achieve their personal best, nurture whatever their personal skills and talents may be and grow into strong and well-rounded adults.
Living out the School Games Values
We believe deeply that the School Games Values of determination, honesty, passion, respect, self-belief and teamwork – which are at the heart of the St Elizabeths PESSPA Programme- are values for both sport and life. The aim is for these values to be applied in all aspects of school life, including in pupils’ academic studies, whilst having positive effects on behaviour and attendance.
Committed to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle
St Elizabeths is committed to championing the health and wellbeing of its pupils and staff through physical activity.We strive to maximise opportunities for children and all associated with the school to be physically active by promoting all avenues for activity (not just in PE lessons and through competitive sport opportunities). This includes within our curriculum, within our extra-curricular offer, across our school environment and through links with the wider community.
This year we have launched our ‘Active 20’ Strategy, with the aim of ensuring that every Clavering pupil is physically active for at least twenty minutes during every school day on non-PE days. This is being achieved by ensuring every curriculum subject has embedded within it either active breaks or active learning. Our active sessions provide daily opportunities to improve strength and fitness through a variety of activities used to engage children and ensure that purely sedentary lessons are a thing of the past.
Through what is provided at school and outside of school, our hope is that every St Elizabeths child will meet the four UK Chief Medical Officers’ physical activity guidelines* and will go on to continue to enjoy healthy, physically active lifestyles when they leave us.
* UK Chief Medical Officers’ physical activity guidelines:
- Under-fives: 180 minutes (three hours) each day, once a child is able to walk.
- Children and young people (5-18 year olds): 60 minutes and up to several hours every day of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity. Three days a week should include vigorous intensity activities that strengthen muscle and bone.
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