Physical Education, physical activity and sport
The Scottish Government recognises the positive impact physical education can have on a pupil’s health, educational attainment and life chances and that it can form a key element of a school’s plan to deliver the broad health and wellbeing outcomes and experiences contained within Curriculum for Excellence.
This includes a commitment that:
- by 2014, every school pupil in Scotland will benefit from at least two hours per week of physical education in primary school, and two periods in S1 to S4.
The sport and physical recreation strategy for the city of Edinburgh seeks to make Scotland’s capital the most physically active city in Europe by 2020. The strategies that will enable us to do this at a primary level include the provision of more P.E. in the curriculum, particularly with early intervention in P1-P3 and more extra curricular sport and physical recreation.
JGPS PE vision
At James Gillespie’s we are aiming to strengthen the value of PE, school and community sport through our physical education programme. We are one of few schools in the city that has a full time dedicated PE specialist.
Through the delivery of high quality physical Education we aim to provide planned, progressive, inclusive experiences for our pupils that range from early years education up to primary 7. We hope that these experiences will act as the foundation for a life-long engagement in physical activity and sport.
We aim to offer the children developmentally appropriate learning experiences which will help them acquire psychomotor skills, cognitive understanding, social skills and the emotional learning they need to lead a physically active life.
In physical education we use a range of approaches, including :
- Whole class /individual / group teaching
- Peer and self-assessment
- “talking partners”
- Opportunities for creativity, problem solving and enquiry through Active Learning experiences
- Involvement in the Personal Learning Process by setting short and long term targets.