Children are taught in two one-hour PE lessons each week. They develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of sport and exercise through games, dance and gymnastic activities. The children receive a balance of these three key areas throughout the academic year but ultimately all areas link together to provide the children with a well-rounded curriculum. Through these lessons, they are also taught the importance of health and fitness and the effect exercise has on their bodies.
In Early Years and Key Stage 1, children develop a foundation of basic skills they can then build upon throughout their time at school. In Key Stage 2, these skills are developed further in order to be used in competitive situations. The children also begin to learn rules and sporting etiquette.
We have excellent links with St Paul’s Secondary School who send in a variety of sports coaches throughout the year to work with different year groups on their tag rugby, netball and basketball skills.
Children become familiar with a range of sporting equipment through taught lessons such as hockey sticks, gymnastic apparatus, athletics equipment including hurdles and tennis rackets and nets for all ages.
We continue to offer free swimming to our Year 4 pupils and have not had to ask for any parental contribution. Most pupils achieve the National Requirement of 25 metres and are able to use a range of strokes effectively by the time they leave St Thomas Aquinas school. All children take part in self-rescue practice and most are able to self-rescue before they leave St Thomas Aquinas school.
Children are given many opportunities to build upon skills learnt in PE lessons and to apply them in a range of extra-curricular activities. We participate enthusiastically in sports festivals at St Paul’s school where the children compete with other Catholic schools in Milton Keynes. Some children in years 5 and 6 also compete in a Korfball league.