Our aim is that all children:
- develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and coordination, allowing them to become competent and confident to excel in a broad range of physical activities,
- know the importance of leading healthy, active lives and understand the positive impact that physical education has upon health,
- are physically active for sustained periods of time and can recognise changes that occur within their bodies when they are physically active,
- develop their enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination and work and play with others in a range of group situations (KS1),
- engage in a wide variety of competitive sports and activities and are offered opportunities to compete in both intra-school and inter-school sporting events (KS2).
At Balgowan, our Physical Education curriculum inspires all children to succeed in competitive sports and other physically-demanding activities. We believe that developing children’s physical competence and confidence is key. At the beginning of their school life children learn and explore basic movement skills. They develop these skills throughout their time at Balgowan and leave as confident movers able to play and excel in a wide range of sports. Our Physical Education curriculum has been carefully planned to build upon previous learning from year-to-year. It allows pupils to gain an understanding of how to succeed in a wide variety of different activities and sports, as well as learning how to recognise and evaluate their own success and the successes of others.
Physical Education provides opportunities for children to be creative, competitive and cooperative; facing up to different challenges in every lesson as either part of a team or as an individual. Opportunities to compete in sport and other physical activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. Alongside this, children reap the mental benefits of exercise; reduced stress and improved concentration. Exercise and physical activity have a positive influence on children’s attainment in school and children are aware of the importance that physical activity holds both for their physical and mental wellbeing.