Physical Education is very important to us here at Bredbury St Marks as our children need support and understanding of the importance of the physical, mental and health side of living.
Our children live in a deprived area of Stockport and with the lack of parental support and encouragement can lead them to becoming solidary, creatures of indoor living and unhealthy habits.
We like to expose them to a variety of fitness, health and sports learning they can continue at home.
Physical and Mental Health
Our teachers ensure that the curriculum consists of age-appropriate activities that support growing minds and bodies. PE improves motor skills and increases muscle strength and bone density, which in turn makes our children more likely to engage in healthy activity outside of school. Furthermore it educates children on the positive benefits of exercise and allows them to understand how good it can make them feel.
Physical education that begins demonstrates the value of cooperation, while being part of a team gives them a sense of identity. Our children gain skills that pave the way for healthy interactions and relationships throughout life. This teaches them essential communication skills and social skills. It helps them become team players, work alongside a diverse range of team mates and be able to support others.
Self-Esteem and Character Development
Playing team sports in a structured setting reinforces leadership and good sportsmanship. Playing various roles on a team and gaining new skills encourage our children to respect themselves and their peers. It also teaches them to be understanding to others and support them through their difficulties.
Gestures such as a hand shake, a pat on the back or a high-five from a team-mate helps to build confidence and camaraderie, and earning praise from teachers or other players also helps to improve self-esteem. This then leads to increasing children’s confidence to trust their abilities and to progress their skills within their sport. It is important for children to understand that self-esteem should not rely on winning or losing, but in the taking part and learning from every opportunity.
Better Academic Performance
The many benefits of PE carry over from the playing field or gymnasium into the classroom, leading to better academic performance. Children who take part in physical education are better able to regulate their behaviour and stay focused in class. Often sport gives children the opportunity to take their minds off their academic studies. It offers the chance for them to relax, release pent up emotions and to spend time having fun with their friends.