At St Ignatius, we believe that Physical Education (P.E.) is essential to the development of the whole child, both for physical health but also for keeping mentally healthy. We encourage all children, from Early Years to Year 6 to maintain a healthy lifestyle, understand the importance of keeping fit and develop a love of sport. We teach them to be safe while exercising and ensure that all children are able to access P.E., improve their knowledge and skills and empower them to feel successful regardless of their starting points.
Physical activity not only improves health, reduces stress and enhances concentration, but it also has a positive influence on academic achievement, emotional stability and interaction with others. We aim to deliver a high-quality curriculum that inspires all children to succeed in their class PE and Sport sessions, and alongside this, engages children in competitive and non-competitive sport.
Our curriculum is broad, balanced, diverse and inclusive for all and promotes confident, passionate and resilient learners. The curriculum is planned with progression being built upon and our children are increasingly challenged as they move throughout the Key Stages.
We have chosen the GetSet4PE scheme, ensuring a consistent approach, to deliver high quality PE lessons. Class teachers formatively assess the children’s work in PE throughout the year and are supported with resources to know how to prepare children for their next phase of education. These resources include the Get Set 4 PE progression of skills document, progression ladders and knowledge organisers. We also use ‘Go Noodle’ 'Fitt-In' and the ‘Daily Mile’ to support/enhance the teaching of PE. These sessions give children better opportunities for improved focus in the classroom and promotes increased mental resilience. Through these regular sessions, children improve their health, self-esteem, confidence and well-being.
To ensure there is a progression of physical skills, children experience success in sporting events and they learn the importance of perseverance and resilience in helping them to reach personal achievements as well as when they are managing disappointment. Engaging in sporting competitions help children to understand the importance of teamwork and inclusivity, leading to a cohesive and encouraging school environment.
Children receive two PE sessions per week delivered through the GetSet4PE programme.
PE is also encouraged at both playtimes and lunchtimes, with a variety of equipment provided for the children to use and enjoy. Structured PE activities (Active lunchtimes) are also available for the children to participate in, within their free time.
PE Curriculum Overview
Get Set 4 PE
Haringey Dance Festival 2023:
15 children from Year 3,4 and 5 went to Highgate Junior School to take part in Haringey’s Dance Festival this year. They were taught a choreographed dance by some secondary school student dance leaders, and then had a chance to perform it at the end of the day to the other schools in attendance. They had a fantastic day and represented St Ignatius brilliantly.
Well done everybody! We came 2nd in the Spring Stride across Haringey!
What is the Spring Stride?
The Spring Stride is a three week competition to encourage pupils in Haringey to take part in physical exercise every day for three weeks. Research has shown that over the last few years (due to Covid lockdowns), the percentage of children who are obese in Reception, across the country, has risen from 23% to 27% and in Year 6 this has increased from 35% to 40%. Due to this increase, Haringey has created the Spring Stride to try to encourage pupils to move more. This may be by taking part in the ‘The Daily Mile’, Yoga, Dance or any other movement/exercise in addition to their regular PE lessons.