Physical Education

Here at St. Mark’s we are firm believers that a high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.

We provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.

Every class at St. Mark’s has PE timetabled twice a week to ensure the children are keeping active and meeting the national requirements in physical education.

Overview

This is a curriculum overview; this ensures the children are exposed to a wide range of sports.

  AUTUMN 1 AUTUMN 2 SPRING 1 SPRING 2 SUMMER 1 SUMMER 2
Year 1 Football
Hockey
Gymnastics
Dance
Basketball
Tennis
Netball
Outdoor games
Cricket
Rounders 
Athletics
Sports day practice
Year 2 Football
Hockey
Gymnastics
Dance
Basketball
Tennis
Netball
Outdoor games
Cricket
Rounders 
Athletics
Sports day practice
Year 3 Football/
Hockey
Swimming
Dance/
Gymnastics
Swimming
Basketball
Swimming
Netball
Swimming
Cricket/
Rounders
Swimming
Athletics
Swimming
Year 4 Football/
Hockey
Swimming
Dance/
Gymnastics
Swimming
Basketball
Swimming
Netball
Outdoor games
Cricket
Rounders
Athletics award scheme
Year 5 Football
Hockey
Dance
Gymnastics
Basketball
Tennis
Netball
Swimming
Cricket/
Rounders
Swimming
Athletics award scheme
Swimming
Year 6 Football
Hockey
Dance
Gymnastics
Basketball
Tennis
Netball
Sats
Cricket
Rounders
Athletics award scheme

Early Years

In Early Years Physical Development underpins everything that we do and is part of our every day learning activities as it is one of the three prime areas within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Each prime area is divided into Early Learning Goals, for physical development these are:

  • Moving and handling - skills enabling children to show good control and coordination in large and small movements. Children are able to handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.
  • Health and self care - children knowing the importance of good health which includes physical exercise and a healthy diet. Children are able to manage their own basic hygiene and personal needs successfully, including dressing and going to the toilet independently.

Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1 we encourage the children to develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities. We ensure that the children are physically active for sustained periods of time and encourage them to engage in competitive sports and activities.

Through PE Session and through any other opportunity we encourage pupils to lead healthy, active lives.

During Key Stage 1 sessions pupils are encouraged to:

  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
  • Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
  • Perform dances using simple movement patterns.

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2 Pupils will be taught continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement.

They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.

During PE sessions pupils will be encouraged and taught how to:

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate (for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis), and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance (for example, through athletics and gymnastics).
  • Perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Mr Hamilton works closely with staff at St Mark’s to provide them with CPD to ensure they provide high quality lessons to all the pupils at St Mark’s. He also aids the children to attend competitions and be ambassadors of our school. This gives children the chance to experience a competitive environment, build their team skills and increase their self-esteem.

Furthermore, he facilities our ‘Sports Crew’ (a group of children who become young leaders and provide physical education activities to others at lunch times.) This group helps to give the children the skills they need to lead, but also helps builds their self-esteem and confidence.

As well as this he works with children who are less active than others to encourage them to keep active and why this is so important. He also spends time children who are particularly talented at an individual sport to help drive their passion to continue on their journey.

Sports Premium

For information on how the Government funding for PE and Sports has been spent, and the impact is has had at our school, see our dedicated Sports Premium page.

Swimming Information

National Curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety:

  1. Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
  2. Use a range of strokes effectively.
  3. Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.

Here at St. Mark’s we are lucky to attend Perry Beeches Leisure Centre for our swimming lessons.

For the Autumn term and first half of the Spring term Year 3 and Year 4 have weekly swimming lessons. For the second half of the Spring term and the Summer term Year 3 and Year 5 have weekly swimming lessons.

During these weekly lessons the children are taught how to perform the national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety.

2017/18 Swimming Data
Percentage of Year 6 Pupils
Number of Year 6 Pupils
Able to swim confidently
62%
18
Working towards swimming
38%
11
2016/17 Swimming Data
Percentage of Year 6 Pupils
Number of Year 6 Pupils
Able to swim confidently
77%
23
Working towards swimming
23%
7