Link Governor: Rev. Marc Wolverson
At Leyland St James’ CE Primary School, we strive to develop in children a lifelong love of sport, whether it is competitive sport or an enjoyment in keeping active and healthy. We ensure children experience a variety of sports and outdoor activities to develop their physical confidence, their skill in using their body and their understanding of the sporting values which are underpinned by our Christian values. At Leyland St James’ CE Primary School we have a commitment from staff to develop children across different domains- physically, cognitively and socially and emotionally.
Each week children access a minimum of two hours of high quality structured ‘Physical Activity’. This may be through PE lessons, Swimming lessons. Specialist PE teachers engage children to develop age appropriate PE skills through a series of stimulating lessons which are planned, with clear skills-based learning objectives and subject-specific vocabulary. Our curriculum is delivered through highly effective ‘quality first teaching’.
Enrichment opportunities, that are inclusive for all, include outdoor learning with residential outdoor activity trips in Year 5 and 6 where children develop water skills through canoeing and Kayaking and try sports such as archery, fencing and aerial climbing activities. Each year, all pupils within Key Stage 2 visit Rock and River, to experience team building exercises including rock climbing and raft building, which is part of our health and wellbeing offer to our children. The children have opportunities to experience a wide range of sports and activities including orienteering, gymnastics, dance and yoga which provide our children with rich experiences as a team and individual and which enhance teaching, learning and knowledge.
Providing children with the knowledge they need in order to live a healthy lifestyle and encourage good, sensible choices where food and physical activity are concerned. There are strong links between PE and Science whereby the children learn about health and fitness and how this has an impact on their body, as well as their lives. Pupils learn about the human body, healthy food choices, hygiene, exercise and mental health. We work alongside a range of external partners, including South Ribble Sports Development team, Trikidz and Preston North End Community Trust.
Extra-curricular activities are an important part of Sport at Leyland St James’ and a range of sporting clubs are offered as after school activities, giving children the opportunity to try new sports in a secure environment. Through swimming and sporting teams, children have the opportunity to experience inter school competition to a high level.
Through the breadth and depth that our curriculum offers, children are equipped with the tools to live and lead a healthy lifestyle and leave Leyland St James’ possessing the fundamental skills e.g. throwing, catching, jumping etc. As a result, the number of children choosing to partake in extra-curricular, physical activity-based clubs increases year on year with our focus on encouraging less active children to become increasingly involved and enthusiastic about being more physical.