Rationale and Introduction

 PE has a unique place in the National Curriculum (NC), as it is the only subject which essentially focuses on the body and physical experience.  It is also essential to the development of the whole child, in terms of their academic, social, emotional, cultural, spiritual, creative and of course physical development.

 At Charlestown Primary School, we believe that PE, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is vital and unique in its contribution to a pupil’s physical and emotional health.  The PE curriculum aims to provide for pupils’ increasing self-confidence through an ability to manage themselves in a variety of situations.  A balance of individual, team, co-operative and competitive activities aims to cater for individual pupils’ needs and abilities.  The scheme of work is based on progressive learning objectives which, combined with varied and flexible teaching styles, endeavor to provide appropriate, stimulating, challenging and enjoyable learning situations for all pupils.  The scheme aims to promote an understanding of the benefits of exercise and encourage the learning of new skills across a range of relevant activities, which the children can then adapt to different situations and contexts.

 At Charlestown Primary School, we are committed to working with other schools and the Mid-Cornwall Sports Network (MCSN).  As a result, we encourage our children to take their skills into the community, for example by joining other clubs, and we welcome the expertise of members of the community (such as experienced coaches) into school.