29 – Physical Education

At the IIT Academy, it is recognized that PE needs to build on the children’s natural enthusiasm for movement, by expressing and testing themselves in a variety of situations.

Through Physical Education, we aim to enable pupils to develop co-ordination, strength, stamina and skillfulness and to promote spatial awareness, intelligent reactions to situations and appreciation of physical excellence.

We believe that Physical Education should lead to a sense of well-being, a greater understanding of health and fitness, a healthy lifestyle and a feeling of self-confidence.

Why Physical Education?

  • Physical Education contributes to healthy growth and physical development, through physical activity.
  • Physical Education has an important role to play in establishing a healthier nation, offering children the opportunity to understand the need for, and to develop healthy lifestyles.
  • Those who are active in childhood are more likely to reap benefits associated with an active lifestyle in adulthood.
  • Research has shown that when primary pupils receive regular exercise, they perform better in all aspects of schooling, due to increased metabolism and alertness.
  • The development of good gross motor skills and their refinement are important, in order to enhance self-image and raise self-confidence.
  • Physical Education provides an essential opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the body and its movement.
  • Physical Education promotes children’s artistic and aesthetic understanding within and through movement.
  • Physical Education encourages development of positive attitudes and personal qualities, such as self-esteem, independence, empathy and tolerance.

The Aims of Physical Education

We aim to enable our pupils to:

  • Receive regular exercise;
  • Make informed decisions about the importance of exercise in their lives;
  • Develop positive attitudes towards participation in physical activity;
  • Become intelligent performers;
  • Acquire and develop skills, performing with increasing physical competence and confidence, in a range of physical activities and contexts;
  • Understand what it takes to persevere, succeed and acknowledge the success of other children;
  • To discover their own preferences and aptitudes;
  • Develop the appreciation of fair play, team play, honest competition and good sportsmanship;
  • Foster self-esteem through the acquisition of physical competence and poise;
  • Develop self-confidence through understanding the capabilities of one’s self and others.