At St Mary’s Independent we believe that an active sporting life is a vital part of school life. We offer a varied and stimulating Physical Educational curriculum as well as a wide variety of sports clubs which take place during lunchtimes or after school.
All children from Nursery to Year 6 receive two PE lessons each week. They are taught in our prep gym, our senior gym, on the playground or on one of our two grassed playing fields. We ensure that all aspects of the National Curriculum for P.E. are taught in an inclusive and stimulating manner and all PE lessons are taught by specialist teachers. Out PE lessons challenge our pupils to enjoy the art of competitive sports and develop the most able sportsmen and women.
Games and PE lessons
In Early Years, the emphasis is on achieving the Early Learning Goals. The fundamental skills of Agility, Balance and Coordination are taught and practised through the teaching of multi-skills.
In KS1 and 2, the curriculum includes Gymnastics, Games, Dance and Outdoor and Adventurous activities. Games teaching includes Football, Netball, Tennis, Hockey, Cricket, Rounders and Athletics.
At St Mary’s we feel that swimming is an important life skill. From Years 3-5, the children benefit from a term of swimming tuition within their PE curriculum time. We aim to provide ample opportunity for each child in KS2 to learn to swim a minimum of 25 metres.
In addition to the curriculum swimming provision, we run an after-school swimming club for all children from Years 2-6. This club runs every term and is very popular
There is a wide variety of sporting clubs on offer. During lunchtimes there is football, netball, cross-country, Street Dance and badminton. Outside coaches come in twice a week to teach football and there is a Multi-Skills club aimed at Years 1 and 2.
We also have a ski team which is run by one of our parents that has members from both our prep and senior departments. The children ski in their own time but compete as a school team.
In the Summer Term we run a Sailing Club which is aimed at Years 5-10. St. Mary’s all-through ethos means that our older and more experienced sportsmen and women can help and support our younger, budding sailers.