Spring Newsletter 2022
PE policy document can be found on the School Policies page.
Let’s Get Physical at
St. Michael-in-the-Hamlet School
Physical Education (PE) Curriculum
At St Michael in the Hamlet we follow the National Curriculum in England (2003): Physical Education programmes of Study: Key Stages 1 and 2.
National Curriculum in England Physical Education-https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-physical-education-programmes-of-study
Our Physical Education (P.E.) Curriculum encourages all pupils to succeed and excel. We know that if children are given the opportunity to express themselves physically , challenging themselves and others, it will help them to develop resilience, confidence, as well as improving their health and fitness. At St. Michael -in-the-Hamlet school, we know that P.E. is essential for present and future health, for the mind, body and spirit of all our children.
(According to www.sportspe.org.uk – Mental Health and the importance of PE, Sport and Physical Activity in Schools, Feb 2020)
‘A positive environment and activities for children to release energy, enables young people to ‘let off steam’ helps to lower anxiety levels’.
We are aware of the benefits, of being more physically active, to all children and how getting children to be more active and eating well is important. Physical activity is not just important for physical health and obesity prevention. It builds brain development, brain function and intellect. Being physically active before, during and after school improves academic performance. Mastering physical skills builds brain power.
If children become less active and are not eating healthy meals, drinks and snacks and get less than 60 minutes of physical activity a day; as well as not eating child size portions; along with less screen time and more sleep this could lead to childhood obesity.
A major factor in childhood obesity is a lack of exercise. According to Professor Neena Modi President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, ‘Four-fifths of obese children will remain obese as adults and this will result in them losing between 10-20 years of healthy life’.
What are we doing at St. Michael -in- the- Hamlet School to increase Physical Activity?
- Our school is part of ‘Let’s Walk to School’ initiative (livingstreets.org.uk ), where we encourage all our children to walk to school if they can; we know that sometimes this is not possible. . The children log what method they choose to get to school. Each class records their data daily. At the end of each month if the children have reached the recommended target they get a badge. There is a different one to collect every month.
- Active lunchtimes- we provide equipment over lunchtime for those children who wish to participate.
- We are currently revising our afterschool provision. Our aim is to provide a more wide and varied programme of activities (Due to the current restrictions, current guidance from the DFE and Government will be used to ensure that we offer an after school programme that ensures safe procedures and this will be reviewed on a regular basis).
- We will be re-introducing the Daily Mile.
- We at St Michael in the Hamlet feel that we need to support our pupils’ to become more active throughout the school day. Moving more everyday can bring great benefits to children and young people not just to their physical health, but also improving their emotional and mental health, building confidence and social skills, reducing the risk of developing health conditions in adulthood, as well as improving learning outcomes and academic performance.
Year 4 class bubbles creating their own group dances. The inspiration came from ‘The Carnival of the Animals’ by Camille Saint- Saens (1886). Can you guess which animals the children are interpreting in their dances?