At Thornaby CofE Primary School, we believe the development and internalisation of the four core values of love, perseverance, hope and forgiveness are vital for our children’s future. Physical education, school sport and physical activity (PESSPA) at Thornaby CofE Primary School has a vital role to play in developing these core values as well as the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children. In the uncertainty of the next century they will need to be able to demonstrate and live out these values throughout their entire lives in order to develop as British and Global citizens who will have a positive impact on society as a whole and in the community in which they live. We aim to prepare our children for that future.
PESSPA are important in giving children the knowledge, understanding and the tools to make informed choices about healthy living and have a positive impact on their own health and well-being. Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Thornaby CofE Primary School, not only through the sporting skills taught, but also through the underpinning values and disciplines PESSPA promotes.
The physical education curriculum at Thornaby CofE Primary School, aims to provide for pupils’ increasing self-confidence through an ability to manage themselves successfully in a variety of situations by engaging pupils in their learning, developing their knowledge, skills and understanding, and putting these into practice. We also want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others as part of an effective team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values. Children will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports and physical activities, carried out in a safe and supportive environment, where effort and hard work, as well as success, is celebrated and enjoyment and working together is promoted.
We aim to provide participation in PE through a wide range of quality provision that will enable all pupils to develop a healthy lifestyle and participate in a range of competitive sports to fulfil their potential. We believe that an effective curriculum offers knowledge, skills, understanding and progression.
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, 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 PE.