At St Marys we value the broad benefits sport and regular exercise can have on our children. Our aim is to install a lifelong love of sport, exercise and outdoor activities by ensuring the children’s early experiences of PE are enjoyable, challenging and stimulating. We aim to increase participation and physical activity levels across the whole school whilst identifying talent, stretching and challenging our most able and creating relevant opportunities for them to excel and flourish.
Children receive two PE lessons a week, one from their class teacher and one specialist lesson (qualified PE teacher). In year 5 children receive swimming lessons.
We ensure all children enjoy and learn in PE, providing differentiation in lessons and encouraging all to take part in extra-curricular sport. We offer additional weekly sessions that support specific groups – SEND pupils (developing fine motor skills); gifted and talented, and children with low fitness levels.
We offer a vast range of extra-curricular sports clubs that focus on both participation and competitive sport. We also offer bike proficiency awards and one off sporting/outdoor activities/events. We regularly take part in inter school, borough and regional competitions and have become one of the most successful sporting schools in Haringey in recent years.
- EYFS PE is designed to ensure the children’s early experiences of PE are fun, engaging and help instil a love of movement and exercise.
- Children learn to follow instructions, move safely in a designated space and begin to understand the concepts of games, challenge and competition.
- Lessons centre on movement competency with a focus on balance, coordination, motor skills, agility and speed.
- Activities are often linked to class topics
- Play is designed to stretch the children’s physical capabilities on a daily basis with climbing frames, mini bikes (cycling) and balance/jumping equipment available.
From KS1 onwards Children receive two PE lessons a week, one from their class teacher and one specialist lesson (qualified PE teacher).
Key Stage 1
- Lessons focus on movement competency – balance, coordination, motor skills, agility and speed.
- After-school sports clubs are introduced
- Ball control and handling skills are introduced through a variety of different balls. Catching, passing and receiving, travelling with a ball and shooting/aiming are taught in a variety of ways.
- Specific sports are introduced as children learn to take part in structured competition and begin to understand basic sports rules.
Key Stage 2
- Organised competition is introduced (intra school and inter school) on a weekly basis
- Assessment for learning identifies the children’s levels and specific needs which allows the teacher to monitor progress, set suitable targets and plan appropriately
- Leadership, teamwork and independence are developed through use of equipment, working in small teams, coming up with ideas for activities and decision making. Sportsmanship and respect is taught alongside practical skills
- Tactics and advanced skills are introduced
- Individual talent is identified and developed within lessons and at our after school clubs. Children/parents/carers are also made aware of community links, local sports clubs, and other external opportunities.
- Swimming lessons (year 5) and bike proficiency awards are offered.
- Additional weekly sessions are introduced to support specific groups – SEND pupils (developing fine motor skills); gifted and talented, and children with low fitness levels.