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PE (Physical Education)
At St. Philip's, we know the many benefits that being active and playing sports can bring and we give Physical Education the priority that is deserves in our school. We provide a broach and rich curriculum and our children enjoy a wide range of sports, challenges and opportunities to creatively flourish in dance and gymnastics.
Here are 10 reasons why PE is invaluable and extremely important at St Philip's:
- Children who keep active and play sports are better able to concentrate and maintain focus, which has a positive impact on their academic life. This can lead to improved attainment in all other academic subjects.
- Regular exercise is vital in the fight against child obesity. We all know the many health problems that are associated with obesity and how important it is to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. Positive exercise habits that are implemented in childhood will likely continue into adulthood.
- Children who exercise regularly have a better quality of sleep. They are therefore more alert at school and have higher levels of concentration.
- Physical exercise helps children relieve stress and anxiety. Young people today are arguably under more pressure than ever, so it is vital for them to have an outlet for this stress.
- Playing sports in groups help young people to improve their teamwork and leadership skills. It also helps to form stronger bonds between peers and promotes a healthy class dynamic.
- Physical activity helps to increase the heart rate and helps to build a stronger heart, bones and healthier muscles.
- Sports teaches children to have improved self discipline. They can implement this self control in all aspects of their life, from better controlling their emotions to being more self motivated with their studies.
- PE helps children to develop their confidence. This can have a positive aspect on all areas of their life, such as their personal relationships and ability to integrate quickly and make friends, to thinking about their future goals.
- Sport helps children develop their motor skills and strengthen their muscles. When fine motor skills are developed, children will be more adept at handwriting or playing a musical instrument.
- Regular games and sports can have a positive impact on behaviour in school and outside of school.
Finally, one extra reason...
It's so much FUN!
At St Philip’s our History curriculum is built on developing a curiosity of how people’s achievements, aspirations and challenges of the past have shaped our lives today, whether this is locally, nationally, or globally.
In the Early Years, History is an integral part of topic work through child initiated and adult lead activities. Pupils are given the opportunity to find out about part and present events in their own lives and those of their family and friends. During KS1 pupils compare the lives and lifestyles of people from the past and present. In KS2 children learn about significant people, events, and periods of time. Children learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Britain and other parts of the world.
When appropriate we link History to Geography, Art, Computing, RE and PSE.
At St Philip’s we are committed to providing a curriculum which ignites children’s curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. As pupils progress, their knowledge about the world should help them to develop their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.
In the Early Years, children are encouraged to make observations and identify patterns in the world around them. As children move into KS1 they develop their locational knowledge of the local area and beyond. In KS2 children continue to develop their locational knowledge alongside learning about human and physical processes.
When appropriate we link geography with other subjects, such as History, Art, and Computing.
At St. Philip's, we want pupils to be able to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
In the Early Years children are encouraged to recognise how a range of technology is used safely in places such as homes and schools, selecting and using technology for particular purposes. As they progress to key Stage 1, they are taught how to use more advanced technology such as programmable toys, coding programs, a range of movie making software and word processing software. In KS2 children have access to a wider range of technology that challenges their computational thinking and stretches their creativity in a safe and respectful environment.
When appropriate, we integrate computing into other subjects in order to develop the children’s digital literacy. This is further enhanced by a computer club for KS2 children evey week.
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Art and Design
At St Philip’s we have an exciting, stimulating, and comprehensive art curriculum. It allows children to develop their confidence, creativity , resilience, and skill set.
In the Early Years we allow Art to be child initiated within our creative area. Children are given opportunities to paint, draw, and build to create Art in their own way. During KS1 and KS2 children are given the opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of different artists, styles, and skills during weekly lessons.
DT (Design and Technology)
At St Philip’s we believe our Design and Technology Curriculum is fun, practical, and purposeful. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real life and relevant problems, within a range of contexts. We provide children with opportunities to build resilience, test their ideas through trial, improvement and evaluation and learn important life skills for their future.
Each year group takes part takes part in one Design and Technology topic per term. We aim to complete these as a DT Week at the start or end of the term. Where appropriate we try and link these with other subjects such as History, RE or Science.
At St Philip's, we teach French to all our Key Stage 2 children as part of their normal school curriculum. We believe that learning a foreign language prepares pupils to partipate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are often carried out in languages other than English. The choice of which language to teach is secondary to the lifelong language learning skills that pupils will be encouraged to develop. Increased capability in the use of the foreign language promotes initiative, confidence and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.
In Key Stage 2, each class has a weekly French session, with teaching based on the objectives of the National Curriculum Programme of Study. Children are able to develop their speaking and listening skills and begin to present their ideas orally and in writing. We explore the patterns and sounds of language to help the children develop accurate spelling and pronunciation.
The curriculum that we follow is based on the guidance given in the National Curriculum and we use Lightbulb Languages as a basis. Children are taught to know and understand how to: Ask and answer questions; Use correct pronunciation and intonation; Memorise word; Interpret meaning; Understand basic grammar; Use dictionaries; Work in pairs and groups, and comunicate in French; Look at life in another culture. During French lessons, children are given the opportunity to work as a class, as individuals and as part of a group. The choice of class organisation is determined by the learning task. By its nature, language learning will involve lots of interaction with visual, auditory and kinasthetic prompts.