Our aim in teaching Physical Education at school is to:
- develop physical skills, habits and interests that will promote healthy lifestyle
- develop positive attitudes to physical endeavour including perseverance, fair play and sporting behaviour, and the ability to cope with success and failure
- learn how physical exercise affects the body
- understand the need for safe practice in physical activities and know how to achieve this
Pupils undertake a range of physical activities throughout the year. In addition to a dedicated hour long session for PE, pupils have a dance session with a specialist dance teacher.
In Reception classes, pupils spend time learning basic skills involved with travelling and using equipment, and improving hand-eye co-ordination.
Within Key Stage 1 and 2, pupils move around a series of activities, changing each half term. These include games (netball, basketball, tag rugby and football), gymnastic activities, dance, racquet games (tennis, badminton and table tennis), athletics and bat and ball games (cricket and rounders).
All PE kits should be in school every day. PE uniform must be in a plastic or drawstring bag, not large holdalls.
Children in Year 2 will take part in swimming sessions. Sessions take place on Tuesday mornings at Harborne Swimming Pool. On swimming days, pupils need to come to school equipped with a swimming costume, towel and goggles.
PE is an integral part of the National Curriculum and all pupils must participate unless there is medical reason why they should not. In the case of a medical reason, we would need a medical certificate for permanent exclusion from P.E. and a written note for a temporary reason for non- participation.
A number of the Year 5 and 6 pupils volunteer their time freely to offer sport to pupils in all classes during lunchtimes. All the leaders take part in training so that they can organise and run games with younger pupils. This scheme has the double benefit of building the confidence and skills of our Year 5 and 6 pupils, whilst at the same time getting our younger pupils active.
We have a good record at St Mary’s of taking part in a wide range of inter-school sports. We are closely associated with the Birmingham Catholic School Sports Association (BCSSA). Over the past year, we have sent teams of pupils to represent the school at boys and girls football, netball, cross-country, rounders, cricket and athletics. We have had a number of individuals go even further and represent the county in their chosen sport.
In addition to PE taking place in curriculum time, pupils are also able to attend clubs after school. Children throughout the school are given the opportunity to take part in dance from an outside provider (KDDK), multi-sports and football (Mr Davis), and Netball (Miss Lawlor).