Essential Characteristics of a Physical Educator at St. Alban's
• The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills exceptionally well and develop an in-depth understanding of PE.
• The willingness to practise skills in a wide range of different activities and situations, alone, in small groups and in teams and to apply these skills in chosen
activities to achieve exceptionally high levels of performance.
• High levels of physical fitness.
• A healthy lifestyle, achieved by eating sensibly, avoiding smoking, drugs and alcohol and exercising regularly.
• The ability to remain physically active for sustained periods of time and an understanding of the importance of this in promoting long-term health and well-being.
• The ability to take the initiative and become excellent young leaders, organising and officiating, and evaluating what needs to be done to improve, and motivating
and instilling excellent sporting attitudes in others.
• Exceptional levels of originality, imagination and creativity in their techniques, tactics and choreography, knowledge of how to improve their own and others’
performance and the ability to work independently for extended periods of time without the need of guidance or support.
• A keen interest in PE. A willingness to participate eagerly in every lesson, highly positive attitudes and the ability to make informed choices about engaging fully in
• The ability to swim at least 25 metres before the end of Year 6 and knowledge of how to remain safe in and around water.
At St. Alban's we use the Essential Curriculum which is built on threshold concepts for long term memory.
The essentials Curriculum follows a simple model as outlined in our
At St Alban's we use the Curriculum Companion for Physical Education to support our approach.
The Curriculum Comanion is designed to aid teachers in helping pupils to form a PE Schema within their long term memories. The Curriculum Companion by Lesley Minervini and Chris Quigley helps the children to reach the milestones at the end of Year 2 , 4 and 6 through knowledge webs and POP tasks (explained below)
Milestones are the goals that pupils are aiming for. At St.Alban's we beleive the route to those goals is not as simple as stating the goal - pupils need a strong schema, based on knowledge - vocabulary and tasks to meet the milestones. The Curriculum companion we use provides teachers with three elements to help the pupils meet the milestones.
- The knowledge needed to build an art and design schema - this is presented in various kknowledge categories
- The vocabulary needed to articulate an understanding of art and design.
- Tasks that help the teacher identify if the children have made that progress -- POP tasks or proof of progress tasks.
The Curriulum Companion for Art and Design is made up of Knowledge webs and Pop Tasks.