At St. Nicholas we hope to encourage children to develop positive attitudes to PE and sport, improve health and well-being, cater for all abilities and allow every child to fulfil their potential. Our intent is to engage all pupils in regular physical activity in line with the recommendations from Youth Sport Trust and government guidelines, striving for our children to be active everyday in addition to their two timetabled PE lessons (in KS1). We want to provide opportunities for pupils to develop fundamental movement skills, enabling lifelong participation in physical activity. Our intention is to develop multi-ability skills through PE, enabling the children to use and develop cognitive, personal, social and creative skills through physical activity. We want all children to achieve their personal best in PE to become the best that they can be. Our PE provision is intended to provide PE entitlement for all pupils, regardless of their starting points or their prior experiences of sport and physical activity.
At St Nicholas we use the Real PE approach to teaching PE. This focuses on the importance of developing sound fundamental movement skills alongside multi-ability skills such as personal and social skills enabling children to apply these skills to any game or activity. Real PE ensures fundamental movement skills are developed progressively and uses clear steps of progression at every level. Teachers use interactive resources to support their teaching.
PE is taught through two lessons weekly lessons, one Real PE lesson with the class teachers and one lesson of either Real Dance or Real Gym. Real PE ensure fundamental movement skills are taught via non-traditional games and activities which enable all abilities to take part in lessons on a level playing field. Sports specific lessons with coaches and subject specialists use the Real PE approach and language and encourage children to apply the skills in a range of activities, including, but not exclusively restricted to, rugby, athletics, yoga and tennis etc.
School Sports Premium: The School sports premium is used to improve the provision of PE at in a number of ways; adding additional specialist coaching staff to support lessons, run practices and prepare for events, along with running lunchtime clubs and afterschool clubs, and CPD for staff.
St Nicholas provides a wide range of after school clubs. They are open to all children and clubs are often oversubscribed. These provide opportunities for the children to participate in a range of activities and develop their skills further. Pupil Premium children may access clubs without any cost implications at the discretion of the Headteacher. Previous clubs have involved dance, maypole dancing, yoga, cycling and rugby.