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PE at St Mary's

PE and Sport play a very important part in the life of St Mary’s C of E School and at least two hours a week, are dedicated to physical activity in the curriculum. We believe that physical education and sport contribute to the holistic development of young people and through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn more about  key values such as teamwork, fair play and respect for themselves and others.

There is significant evidence to show the positive effects of sport and exercise on children’s physical health, growth and development. Furthermore, sport also provides a healthy environment for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing. In physical education children take part in a wide variety of activities. They learn that being active is fun and that it is important to lead an active lifestyle.pe 1

At the beginning of their school life children learn and explore basic movement skills, they develop these skills throughout their time at St Mary’s C of E School and leave as confident movers able to play a wide range of sports.

In Key Stage 1 children experience dance, games, athletics and gymnastics.

In Key Stage 2 in addition to those taught earlier, pupils also have lessons in swimming and outdoor/adventurous activities. In gymnastics children use the large apparatus which enables them to develop their gross motor skills (climbing, jumping, balance etc).

We play a wide variety of team games and during fine weather we take advantage of our playing field for outdoor. Lessons involving the use of small apparatus (bats, balls, skipping ropes etc) develop the children’s fine motor skills, such as catching, throwing and hand/eye co-ordination.

During the summer the children do athletics on the track on the school field and learn the fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing events.swim picChildren in Years 3 attend weekly swimming lessons at Wetherby Leisure Centre swimming pool, where they are taught by trained instructors.  The programme includes water confidence, safety and stroke technique. The children are working towards achieving their 25m award.

PHSE at St Mary's

By 2020 we aim to raise the profile of physical activity through increased opportunities throughout the school day in order to boost health and academic achievement for all of our pupils.

At St Mary’s we believe when a child leaves our school they should be physically literate and have gained the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to enable themselves to lead a healthy, active lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

Mental health and well being are also an important part of the St Mary's curriculum.  All classes have regular PHSE lessons, where the emotional aspects of learning are developed as well as and understanding of the wider community in which our children live.  Relationships education forms a part of this curriculum.

St Mary's has a Learning Mentor who provides additional nurture group intervention for any pupils that need extra support to develop good emotional literacy.

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