The profile of PE at St Michael’s is significantly on the up. Over the last few years we have entered more competitions, accessed a fuller range of sports in our PE lessons and enabled the children to take part in more physical activity. We strive to ensure that children have access to 2 hours of high quality PE each and every week, in addition to physical activity opportunities at lunch time.
Alongside the curriculum entitlement, we have hosted a variety of different after school clubs including dance and multi-sports. We are beginning to work closely with local providers to allow us to broaden our horizons and offer more after-school activities which link to community clubs.
Through the School Games programme and the employment of a Sports Specialist, we are able to access a large number of competitive opportunities, which we prepare our children for through PE. These include, cross country, orienteering, football, sports hall athletics to name a few. The children at St Michael’s enjoy attending and representing our school at these events and use all the sporting values outlined by the School Games.
In addition to providing a full range of sports and activities during curriculum time, we also provide Year 5 with swimming lessons to ensure that the majority of children know how to swim and are confident in and around water.
At St Michael’s we have developed a Health and Well-being Crew who are responsible for leading the way with active travel and promoting healthy, active lifestyles at school.
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A COVID-19 Update
At St Michael’s we realise the importance that health can play in the reduction of symptoms and suffering from the effects of COVID-19. As such, we are still committed to ensuring that children are able to access a minimum of 2 hours of physical activity per week at school. We also realise that for a number of children lockdown was a sedentary time for them with having limited access to playground and play areas. As a result of his we have reassessed our long term plans to account for a need for children to rebuild their social, emotional and mental well-being through sport as well as to address a lack of fitness. One lesson of PE each week should focus on fitness and moving to raise the children’s heart rate and the other lesson should focus on team building/more social aspects of PE. We also believe that going outside in all weathers is really important to keep socially distant from others. Staff are encouraged to go outside and children are prepared for this with reminders on Class Dojo.
During the lockdown period, the key worker provision completed Joe Wicks everyday as part of their timetable and were outside as much as possible.