SPORTS & PE STATEMENT 2014/2015

At St. Cecilia’s Catholic Infant & Nursery School our vision for sport and PE includes:

  • A commitment to equipping every child with the necessary skills and confidence to lead a healthy, active lifestyle
  • Ensuring every child has an equal opportunity to take part in PE and Sport at a level appropriate to their development
  • A high quantity and quality of sports and after school clubs
  • Opportunities for inter and intra school competitions and Sports Days
  • Greater exposure to a wide range of sporting activities
  • Opportunities to attend sports clubs outside of the school day

We provide all children with a minimum of 2 hours PE (including dance, games and gymnastics)  every week, as well as opportunities to attend multi skills and football sessions afterschool. A range of additional sporting activities such as tennis, outdoor adventures and zumba are offered through ‘Children’s University’ clubs.

The strength of after school club participation in our school is evident in the high proportion of children attending. Pupil feedback confirms that children thoroughly enjoy sports clubs and afterschool sessions and children are involved in deciding on sporting opportunities and the purchase of new equipment.

Sports equipment is readily available in outdoor areas for all classes and both playgrounds have access to large and small scale sports equipment at playtimes. Children in year 2 are trained as play leaders and organise playground games at playtime and lunchtime.

At St. Cecilia’s we employ a sports specialist (John Poland) who delivers high quality multi skills sessions for all classes throughout the week and opportunities for all children to attend an after school multi skills club on a rotational basis. An afterschool football club is held on Fridays after school and is offered to all children in KS1 rationally throughout the year.

We also employ a specialist dance teacher who works with all children in Reception and KS1 one day per week. Sessions include a range of dance styles including dances from various cultures and eras. Children who have a particular talent or interest in dance are given opportunities to attend additional, small group dance lessons to extend their skills.

Our school promotes healthy lifestyles by planning cross-curricular lessons; learning about food groups and the body in science and writing menus, lists and instructions for healthy meals in Literacy.

In the summer term, all children in year 2 have the opportunity to take part in weekly swimming lessons at a local swimming baths. Most children take part in swimming and most are able to swim by the end of the year.

As part of the ‘Liverpool Schools Sports Partnership’ (LSSP) children are given opportunities to take part in sports competitions with other local schools. Our school mini bus is used to transport the children. Competitions so far have included both girls and boys football competitions and swimming galas. We feel that participation in sporting competitions is extremely important for all children and equips them with vital life skills.

We understand that through Sport and PE, pupils develop invaluable qualities such as discipline, teamwork, communication, endurance and ambition. These qualities enhance children’s learning both in and out of the classroom.

 

Philosophy for children (P4C)

At St. Cecilia’s Catholic Infant and Nursery school we deliver Philosophy sessions throughout the year for all children at various levels.

What is Philosophy for Children?

Benefits for Children:

  • An enquiry based approach to open up children’s learning through the exploration of ideas.
  • Gives children the possibility of seeing that their ideas have value, and that others have different ideas that have value too.
  • They realise that they don’t always have to be right.
  • They have the confidence to ask questions and learn through discussion.
  • All learners (including teachers) have opportunities to genuinely enquire.
  • A chance to speak and be heard without fear of getting an answer wrong.
  • Intelligence grows.
  • Gives children who are not considered “academic” a voice and a chance to flourish.
  • Gives the “academic” children a chance to think outside the box and to see that the non-academic have inspiring ideas.
  • Gives all children value.

P4C is a great opportunity to develop:

  • Confidence
  • Your ability to think critically
  • Your ability to communicate effectively.
  • ‘Enquiries’ discussing a huge variety of issues and topics

 

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEe)

RainbowHeartPersonal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

During KS1 learners gradually build on the skills, attitudes and values, knowledge and understanding they have started to acquire and develop during the Early Years/Foundation Stage. PSHE education offers learning opportunities and experiences which reflect the increasing independence and physical and social awareness of learners as they move through the primary phase. They learn skills to develop effective relationships, assume greater personal responsibility and keep themselves safe.  (PSHE Association 2013)

The schools PSHE curriculum reflects national expectations and supports all of our children with respect to their physical, emotional and social development.

It also promotes their understanding of their rights and responsibilities as members of a wide range of communities.

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