What Can Sport Do?
"Sport can walk hand in hand with faith. Sport trains body and spirit for perseverance, effort, courage, balance, sacrifice, honesty, friendship and collaboration”
- Pope John Paul II
P.E is valued for its unique contribution to developing children’s physical, cognitive, social, interpersonal and emotional skills. It provides opportunities for children to be creative and competitive while learning to work with and respect others. The school encourages all children to participate in sport in order to develop an appreciation of teamwork, a respect, and tolerance, of the abilities of others and an awareness of opportunities to enjoy fulfilling leisure activities.
We intend to develop agility, physical coordination, fitness, confidence and enjoyment through physical activities. Our children learn how to plan, perform and evaluate actions, often in pairs and small groups, helping them to develop the quality and effectiveness of their work. The children across our school should develop confidence and competence in performing different skills and build resilience to overcome challenges that may arise. We intend to promote a positive attitude towards an active lifestyle and to introduce children to lifelong physical activity which will in addition support their mental health.
Note: All children are expected to take part in P.E and wear the appropriate school sports kit (white t-shirt and black shorts/joggers/leggings) unless we receive a note from the child’s primary Carer.
At The Divine Mercy Primary School, we ensure that our PE curriculum is progressive and allows children to develop fundamental skills and apply them to a variety of sports and activities. All children are provided with the skills and given opportunities to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. We help motivate children to participate in a variety of sports through quality teaching that is engaging and fun. From our lessons, our children learn to take responsibility for their own health and fitness (mentally and physically), many of whom also enjoy the success of competitive sports. We equip our children with the necessary skills and a love for sport. They will hopefully grow up to live happy and healthy lives utilising the skills and knowledge acquired through P.E.
To engage more pupils with the endless positives that sports offers, we have introduced Sports Leaders, formed of mainly Year 6 children, who have been carefully selected and trained since Year 5. Some of our Sports Leaders were involved in the Primary Leadership Training, provided by Manchester United Foundation Primary Leadership Programme and developed lifelong leadership skills. Our Sports Leaders roles are to support and assist in sporting activities during break and lunch times and are involved in regular meetings with Miss Murphy and Miss Rostron, discussing how their playground activities can be improved.