Physical Education at St Mary’s is in part delivered by specialist coaches from All for Sport. Class teachers then teach follow up lessons to further embed and develop skills. Through this thorough learning, children are able to gain knowledge of the rules and skills needed across a variety of sports. Central to all lessons are the values required for good sportsmanship – those of team work, respect, self-control, resilience and encouragement. The positive impact of sport on our bodies is also covered in this curriculum area.
Children in KS1 acquire skills in Locomotion (running and jumping) and Ball skills (hands and feet). Progression is built on in each year group.
Children in KS2 experience Tag Rugby, Hockey, Basketball, Tennis, Cricket, Rounders and Athletics. Dancing is concentrated into our Summer 1 term where the whole school learn progressive May Day dances for our annual May Day celebration.
All children in Key Stage Two (Years 3 to 6) have the opportunity to take part in a programme of swimming lessons to enable them to meet the end of Key Stage Two National Curriculum requirements as part of the Physical Education Programme of Study.
We are fortunate to have Church Farm Leisure Centre a short walk from school. The children are fully supervised by school staff during ‘school only’ swimming lessons (the pool is closed to the public at this time).
Our aim (by the end of Year 6) is for as many children as possible to be able to:
Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
Use a range of strokes effectively
Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
Trials are held for children in Years 5 and 6 to represent the School in the competitive Barnet East Region Small Schools League. Players are expected to adhere to the FA Respect Code of Conduct. The School team has had considerable success over the past 2 years, finishing runners-up in Season 2016/2017, Winners of the title in season 2017/2018 and also runners-up in Champion of Champions.