Physical Education plays an important role in children’s development. It provides opportunities for all our pupils to develop their ability to listen, co-operate and act responsibly and independently.
The progression and expression of physical abilities are encouraged at St Jude’s.
Throughout their time at the school, children will participate in a variety of experiences that include music and movement, dance, indoor and outdoor games, and gymnastics. Children in Year 3 and Year 4 attend swimming lessons at James Allen’s Girls’ School.
Each class has two sessions of P.E. a week focusing on different skills and sports, football and dance. This means that students are introduced to and taught a variety of skills. Teachers usually teach both lessons with SG sports coaches either supporting or advising.
In addition to the regular P.E lessons, we provide a wide range of after school sports clubs including football, cycling, netball, gymnastics, multi-skills, tennis, basketball and street dance. The sports coach also runs various lunchtime sporting activities in the Key Stage 2 playground including football, dance, tennis, hockey, basketball and cricket. We have an inclusive approach and encourage as many children as possible to take part. These activities are offered to children on a weekly rota, and our playground is carefully zoned to utilise the space we have.
We are members of ‘School Games’ and have strong links with St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls and City Heights Academy. The partnership has been a clear link with competitive games. We participate in tournaments with children from other local schools. Each summer we hold our annual sports day where children are in mixed teams from across their key stage.
Our achievements last year included:
- The TFL ‘Active Star Award’ due to our careful monitoring and support of traveling safely to school, led by Ms. Heron
- Victory for the girls football and netball teams
- Raising over £2000 for the NSPCC with ‘Buddy’s Big Workout’ while promoting health and fitness.
This year we plan to build on last year’s achievements by continuing to put teams in to competitions, provide a variety of after school clubs and build upon our ‘Healthy School Bronze Award’.
The aim of the competitions is to supplement our diverse sports curriculum by providing exciting, competitive events. With the help of SG Sports and London Nautical we have already put forward teams for football, tag-rugby, netball and Key Stage 1 Athletics. Furthermore, we are arranging netball friendlies within our cluster of schools with the kind help of our parents.
A variety of after school clubs will continue to be offered this year. The sports clubs include netball, tag-rugby, football and scoot and toot. These clubs will either be taught by a teacher, SG sports coach or a parent. We also provide bikeability lessons to KS2 to promote road safety.
We will also hold ‘Health and Fitness’ week in June where we provide lessons on nutrition, lifestyle and keeping active. This will help us build on our ‘Healthy School Bronze Award’.
Staff at St Jude’s are excellent role models to children, participating regularly in sporting activities out of school, including rugby, football, cricket, running and triathlon. The staff v parent netball match is a regular fixture in the PTA diary, and is a competitive and fun event!
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