PE at St Joseph’s
At St Joseph’s we want PE to be enjoyable. If children love physical activity and remember the fun they had doing it, they are more likely to continue to do so throughout their lives. This is something we value and ensure that all our children experience sport through participation. Each child has 2 hours of PE a week. In addition to this, we offer Playtime Activities, Wake and Shake and Afterschool Clubs.
In KS1 we aim to create a movement foundation to underpin lifelong participation. This enables pupils to access a range of learning experiences, which support the development of competent and confident movers. We introduce and develop their control and co-ordination in large and small movements and encourage the children to move confidently in a range of ways, negotiating space safely.
Curriculum PE for our KS2 children covers invasion games such as football, netball, hockey, dodgeball and tag rugby. The children practise a variety of drills which support and develop their expertise in the games and this helps them to become more proficient in the sport. The children can enjoy athletics, cricket, rounders and tennis in the summer term. In gymnastics and dance the children are encouraged to use their creative, social and thinking skills. Pupil Leaders displayed great collaboration in producing their own dance for our ‘Wake & Shake’ sessions.
At St Joseph’s we also embrace Paralympic sports and the children enjoy participating in boccia, kurling and sitting volleyball. These are inclusive games and encourage sport for all abilities.
At St Joseph’s we are extremely lucky to have our own swimming pool and we are very proud of it. Children experience regular swimming lessons from a young age and this helps to develop their confidence and stroke techniques. All KS1 and KS2 children take part in our annual Swimming Gala for which showcases their efforts, determination and achievements in a fun and exciting way. The winning house is awarded the trophy!
As a school we are committed to giving our children the chance to develop their sporting skills and regularly attend competitions and festivals. All pupils who experience the opportunity to participate in such events, gain not only the prestige of representing their school, but also engage in the values that the events promote. The School Games Values are Passion, Team Work, Determination, Self Belief, Honesty and Respect. Some of these values link directly to the British Values that form the ethos of our school. These festivals and competitions offer challenges and progression for our pupils from Intra to Inter competition that link directly to the National Competition Framework. Winners of these competitions progress to County Finals, representing Gravesham.
Our children benefit from sporting experiences and it has enabled them to become confident, collaborative team members who are proud to represent St Joseph’s. Our Year 4 Tri Golf team are the current Kent Champions having won the Kent School Games Final in June 2018.
We have community links with many local clubs and organisations and as part of our Healthy Schools Week some of these clubs come in to give taster sessions for our children.
We educate our children in school to achieve a healthy lifestyle, and help our children understand why physical exercise and keeping healthy are important. Our elected Lifestyle Ambassadors complete a training course in collaboration with Take Pride CIC, Kent County Council, Kent Sport and School Games Organisers in a unique resource called the Active Health Umbrella. This aims to bring together staff, pupils and parents to acquire knowledge and skills about healthy choices.