Physical Education Purpose of Study
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities;
- are physically active for sustained periods of time;
- engage in competitive sports and activities;
- lead healthy, active lives.
- Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
- Perform dances using simple movement patterns.
The need for children to be active is a core principle of the way we work at Shere. Human beings were born to be movers and living a sedentary life is a real disruption to our nature. Research shows that exercise and physical activity increases the level of serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine, which are crucial neurotransmitters trafficking our thoughts and emotions through our body. Essentially, exercise has a profound impact on cognitive ability and mental health. Brain growth and development relies on physical movement.
At Shere we will ensure that children have access to high quality sports provision through directed lessons each week. In addition we will ensure that physical activity is part of each and every day, through active and explorative learning, Forest School and active break and lunchtimes. Physical education at Shere will not be limited to the gym but will be a prime element of a child’s daily entitlement.