Monkshouse School believes that physical education is a unique and vital contributor to pupils’ physical development and well-being. A broad and balanced physical education curriculum is needed to improve health and well-being, improve self-confidence and to enjoy success within a well-supported environment. Our new PE scheme (GetSet4PE) offers a range of lessons with a focus on well-being and mindfulness, and with the current state of affairs, children will certainly benefit from this. The PE lessons have been adapted to ensure SAFESPACE PE is taking place.
We aim to provide children with the opportunity to experience a co-operative and collaborative curriculum through a balance of individual, paired and group activities. Our children are encouraged to gain an understanding of skills by working in variety of ways including: directed, improvised and exploratory activities that promote a broad base of movement, develop their creative and expressive abilities, through improvisation and problem solving. In lessons higher up the school, children have the opportunity to design and implement their own PE lessons giving them a chance to teach their peers a range of skills as well as boosting their confidence and speaking skills. From here, children are also encouraged to evaluate each other’s skills, offering them advice to move them forward in their learning.
Across the school, competitive situations aim to cater for all preferences and strengths where children engage in competition between school houses including ‘Kingball’ and ‘Kick-rounders’. This is a fantastic opportunity for the school to come together and promote a love of sport! In accordance to COVID guidance, equipment will be wiped down after each lesson.
We have a strong belief in encouraging pupils to appreciate the importance of a healthy and fit body, and begin to understand those factors that affect health and fitness. The school will be following the new TeachActive scheme, which focusses on incorporating physical activity across the curriculum. Strong links are made between PSHE, Science and PE and a popular Change 4 Life club is run after school with a focus on PP children.
It is important to note that PE will be taught following government guidelines and this is something that is constantly being reviewed and updated.