‘Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.’ – John F. Kennedy (Former US President)
Fun and enjoyment have been reported as the main reasons that pupils take part in physical activity. Being with friends and the sense of belonging to a team and achieving also encourages pupils to take part (Brockman et al., 2011; Burrows, 1999; Mason, 1995; Mulivhill et al, 2000; Tuxworth, 1997). At SJB we believe that physical activity has a positive effect on mental health in children, including reducing anxiety and depression and improving mood. It can also help the development of confidence and we have seen that physical activity is linked to improved concentration and behaviour in the classroom. At SJB we offer a wide range of sports. This includes specialised PE lessons from professional trainers as well as before school, lunchtime and after school clubs. We are always keen to participate in sporting events and ensure sport at SJB is available and open to all pupils. It is important that pupils are taught specific skills, techniques and ideas and apply them accurately and appropriately, showing precision, control and fluency. They are taught to modify and refine skills and techniques to improve their performance and are encouraged to explain how the body reacts during different types of exercise, warm up and cool down as well as why regular, safe exercise is good for their fitness and health.