At St. Vincent’s we value sport highly. We aim to inspire pupils to engage and enjoy competitive sport and become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. In addition, Physical Education and competitive sport helps to build character and embed values such as fairness and respect.
All classes at St. Vincent’s have regular Physical Education lessons and cover a range sports and skills from EYFS to KS2. Our Physical Education curriculum demonstrates the progression of knowledge and skills throughout the years, which is mapped out on our PE Progression Map.
Classes in KS2 attend a local leisure centre for swimming lessons. All children are taught to swim competently and confidently using a range of strokes. In addition, all children are taught, by qualified swimming instructors, about water safety and how to perform safe self-rescue in water.
We have also developed strong links with Lord’s Cricket Ground and both staff and pupils work closely with the community coaches. Last year, Year 6 took part in their Junior Leadership Programme and following a few weeks of training, each child was given the task of planning, delivering and evaluating their own PE lesson. We look forward to continuing to develop our partnership with Lord’s.
We were delighted to achieve the School Games Gold Mark Award which is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Through fair sporting trails, we select pupils to represent St. Vincent’s at local sporting events such as Netball Tournaments, Swimming Galas, Athletics Tournaments and Cross Country.
Using our Physical Education curriculum, we endeavour to help children become confident in sport and work well within a team.