Physical Education Aims
Our children will become physically active and enjoy participating. Our aim is to provide opportunities for all children to participate in competitive sport and our activities build character, communication, teamwork and a sense of belonging, as well as help to embed values such as fairness and respect. Our pupils will appreciate and learn the skills needed to maintain and engage in a healthy lifestyle now and in the future, both mentally and physically.
At the Rosary school we offer a range of sports both in the curriculum and as extra-curricular activities, for both boys and girls. These include: - Football, Hockey, Running, Basketball, Cricket, Athletics, Fitness clubs, Multi sports, Tennis, Netball, Volleyball, Gaelic Football, Swimming, Boxing and Archery.
The Rosary School is a member of the Saltley primary schools league, and have participated in numerous football matches, developing the children’s confidence on the football pitch. We are also a part of the BCSSA and through this; we are able to participate in a variety of sports, including: Netball, Badminton, Football, Gaelic Football and Cricket. Offering children a variety of choice within competitive sports.
A focus within the Rosary is swimming; pupils are given the opportunity to swim once a week, in a small group situation, for nine weeks in year 5 in order to develop their swimming skills consistently. This has resulted in our children showing a visible improvement with their swimming skills and working towards achieving their distance badges. For many of the children this is their first opportunity to attempt swimming.
The Rosary was given the chance to extend their facilities for PE / sports by funding from the National Lottery. This enabled us to have the outside playground re-surfaced, 3 sets of basketball courts, a netball court and 5 a side football. We introduced an outdoor gym in January 2019 and a running track in November 2019, further improving our outdoor area and as a way of encouraging children to become more active. Indoors we were provided with gym equipment including climbing frames.
Inclusion is an important aspect of the Rosary’s ethos, and this is supported throughout the teaching of PE. Staff continue to attend courses and INSETs are provided to the staff in order to update our teaching of P.E. Teacher's CPD is further developed with the help of a coach that comes in twice a week to support teachers and provide children with additional after-school club.
In 2022 we began our Marathon kids challenge, encouraging the children to get more active at playtime by running, walking or skipping.
Our children are very important and we value their opinions. In 2018 we set up a Sports council to discuss PE and Sport as a way to improve our provisions. They are elected in each year with a representative from each class being involved.