The Physical Education (PE) curriculum at St Christopher’s inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. It provides opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport, team games and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. We aim to deliver a curriculum that allows all children to be involved.
PE is taught by the pupil’s class teacher in Nursery and by a team of specialist PE teachers and Swim Coaches in Years 1 to 6. At St Christopher’s School all pupils have access to superb facilities that include two sports halls, a 25m indoor swimming pool with attached training pool, a full size 4G turf football and hockey pitch, two netball courts, four basketball courts and three multi-purpose sports rooms.
PE is taught for two 30 minute sessions in Reception, and 1 hour a week in Years 1 and 2. Years 3 to 6 have 2 hours of PE each week. Reception to Year 2 curriculum swimming lessons last for 30 minutes and take place every week throughout the school year, with the exception of Term 2 for Years 5 & 6 who continue with 2 hours of PE. Please refer to the Swimming section for detailed information.
Our PE curriculum in Nursery follows the Physical Development and Expressive Arts guidance in the Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Pupils learn to show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements and can confidently move in a range of ways.
Our PE curriculum in Reception to Year 2 follows the PE Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum for England 2014. Pupils develop fundamental movement skills, and become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. Pupils are able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
In Years 3 and 4, children learn through a ‘teaching games for understanding’ (TGFU) approach. This approach teaches concepts that can be applied across a variety of games. These concepts are divided into four different areas: target games, invasion/territory games, net/wall games and striking and fielding games. Children learn spatial awareness; to attack and keep possession; to defend their territory; to send and receive objects; to make successful decisions and to develop tactical awareness that involves questioning and solving problems within a game situation. Using the TGFU approach Years 3 and 4 gives children the necessary skills and concepts to play sport specific games in Year 5 and 6.
The children are taught to be critical thinkers and are able to analyse their and peers performances. The PE staff encourage students to develop a growth mindset and recognise that obstacles, challenges and most importantly failures provide the greatest learning opportunities.
The PE department are at the forefront of technology and the department is completely digitalised.
All staff use Ipads to complete continuous assessments and aid with the teaching, particularly analysis of performance. All permission letters are in digital format and we are very prominent on social media.
Pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are taught to:
- Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- Perform dances using simple movement patterns.
As pupils progress, they continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
All children in Years 5 and 6, irrespective of their particular sporting talents, are encouraged to represent the school in friendly competition and fixtures on a regular basis. Each term we run approximately 12 regular school teams and pupils can try out a number of different activities through our extensive ECAs programme. St Christopher’s School has an unrivaled record in local sports competitions through the Bahrain Schools Primary League and events in the Gulf region through British Schools of the Middle East (BSME). Please refer to the Sports Teams section for detailed information.
Pupils in Years 5 to 6 are taught through a variety of teaching styles
- Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
- Play competitive games, modified where appropriate and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
- Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.
- Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
- Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
- Compare their best performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.