Underpinned by our school virtues, design principles , learning habits, our academic curriculum uses either the EYFS statutory framework or the National Curriculum as the basis for content and expectations. We have structured this so that each year group has:
- A clear list of year group objectives for all areas of learning which must be covered.
- A clear progression of skills and knowledge enabling curriculum coherence across the school.
- Two one hour time slots per week for high quality PE teaching during curriculum time covering two sporting disciplines every half term.
- All children have the opportunity to take part in competitive and non-competitive sport against children within our school and in the wider community. This is an inclusive approach with endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also mental well-being. These events also develop teamwork and leadership skills.
- Each year a small group of year 6 children are invited to become sports leaders for the school. They work with a member of our school sports partnership to develop the skills and knowledge they need to be sporting role models for others. They assist with lunchtime clubs, sports day and other sporting activities including leading an event for other schools in the county.
- Our curriculum aims to improve the health, well-being and fitness of all the children at English Martyrs, not only through the sporting skills taught but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes.
- Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility for your own health and fitness.
- Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.
- We aspire for children to enjoy PE and develop a love of sport and physical activity which becomes part of their future life outside of primary school.
- Children can represent the school at sporting events from local to county level.
- Across key stage one and two we offer competitive and non-competitive situations to cater for all preferences and strengths where children engage in house family competitions and inter-school competitions, where achievement is recognised and celebrated as a whole school.
- We are very proud to be the first school in Rutland to have been awarded a Platinum School Games Mark as well as being overall winners in the small school sports competition 6 years running.
- We are committed to developing our children to be the best they can be in competitive school sport through competition against themselves, against others in the school and in the wider community.
- We aim for all Year 6 pupils to leave school with the skills to competently swim at least 25m and have the skills to self-rescue in the water which are key life skills.