At St Paul’s we offer a dynamic, varied and stimulating program of activity to ensure that children progress physically through an inspirational and unique PE curriculum. We encourage all children to develop their understanding of the way in which they can use equipment and apparatus safely yet imaginatively to achieve their personal goals. All children have the opportunity to enjoy being physically active, maintain a healthy lifestyle and using the medium of sport, increase their self-esteem.
Children receive at least two hours of high quality PE using the large outside space or school hall. All children have a PE lesson with their class teacher at least once a week and also work weekly with a qualified coach during an enrichment afternoon. During these afternoons, children receive expert coaching to develop fundamental skills through a variety of activities and games suitable to their key stage. Children also have the opportunity to further these skills at after school sports clubs thus making club links within the community and development officers for specific sports.
Inter and intra sports competitions are a particular strength of the school and we would warmly welcome you to admire our collection of trophies. Although we enjoy the competitive nature of sport, we also appreciate and encourage the importance of children ‘having a go’ and promote positive experiences of being physically active and not always participate to win.
Swimming lessons begin in Reception, every class attends annually for six weeks until the end of Year 4 and a booster group for children who have not achieved the national requirements in Year 5. The children not only learn essential swimming skills during these sessions but learn to become more independent and develop necessary personal skills. It is also expected that children bring the required PE kit into school to encourage high levels of personal hygiene.
All children are presented with the opportunity to develop spiritually, socially, culturally, morally and physically through the inspirational teaching of Physical Education at St Paul’s.