Physical Education

Our vision is for all children at St Thomas Aquinas to experience excellent physical education, school sport and physical activity that will lead to life-long participation and a healthy balanced life style.

Mission Statement

Physical Education (PE) is an essential part of all children's social and physical development. As a school, we are committed to providing all the children with the opportunity to discover and develop their individual level of physical ability. Through gym and dance, we will create an exploratory environment where the children’s control and co-ordination will be progressed. Through the delivery of the curriculum, we hope to develop positive attitudes to physical activity and encourage the children to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle. The school will further offer opportunity for social and emotional development by structuring activities where the children can plan and lead activities, work with others and make judgements about their own and others' performances and actions

Year 4 competing, like the whole of KS2, in an inter-school Cross Country competition. 
Year 5 showing super  co-ordination in their hockey unit. 
Year 2 were showing no fear using the gymnastic equipment to practise their jumping techniques.  

The Early Years Foundation Stage

In Foundation Stage, the children are exposed to a rich and varied Early Years Curriculum. This incorporates, the development of overall body strength, co-ordination, balance and agility needed to engage successfully with future physical disciplines, including dance, gymnastics, sport and swimming. It also includes the development of their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently including pencils for drawing and writing, paintbrushes, scissors, knives, forks and spoons. This is delivered throughout the curriculum and includes weekly PE lessons and outdoor continuous provision. 

Foundation Stage starting to develop their balancing skills. 
Year 4 enjoying their invasion sport of Ultimate Frisbee!
Year 1 becoming experts at throwing and catching. 

Intent 

Implementation 

Our objectives in the teaching of PE align with the National Curriculum in that we aim to ensure 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.