PE and Sports
At St. Stephen's we believe that Physical Education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupils' physical development and well-being. A broad and balanced PE curriculum is intended to provide pupils with increasing self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies within a variety of movement situations. Progressive learning objectives, combined with sympathetic and varied teaching approaches, endeavour to provide stimulating, enjoyable, satisfying and appropriately challenging learning experiences for all pupils. Through the selection of suitably differentiated and logically developed tasks, it is intended that pupils, irrespective of their innate ability, will enjoy success and be motivated to further develop their individual potential.
- To develop skillful use of the body, the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions and to perform them with increasing control, co-ordination and fluency. (Acquiring and developing)
- To develop an increasing ability to select, link and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas. (Selecting and applying)
- To improve observation skills and the ability to describe and make simple judgments on their own and others work. To use observations and judgments to improve performance. (Improving and evaluating)
- To develop an understanding of the effects of exercise on the body, and the appreciation of the value of safe exercising. (Knowledge and understanding of fitness and health)
- To develop the ability to work independently, and communicate with and respond positively towards others (working alone and with others)
- To promote an understanding of safe practice, and develop a sense of responsibility towards their own and others' safety and well-being. (Applying safety principles)
Pupils should have:
- Shorts of an appropriate nature
- Relevant House T-shirt — no buttons or zips
- Plimsolls for indoor use
- Trainers for outdoor use
- Tracksuit, sweatshirt or suitable clothing for outdoor lessons
Children should not wear long trousers or long sleeved shirts during gymnastics.
A range of extra-curricular clubs are available at St Stephens', these are:-
- Cross Country
- Dance (various styles)
All such clubs are open to all pupils from appropriate year groups and the same rules and regulations apply as for PE lessons.
We have links to the local Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, and Football clubs in the area and use their facilities and expertise to enhance the children's learning and enjoyment. We play team sports against other local schools and enter leagues in football, rugby, cricket, hockey, cross country, netball, athletics and basketball.
Parents need to complete a consent form in order for children to attend these clubs.
Outdoor and adventurous activities are implemented in the form of various trips, PGL for year 6, Bushcraft in years 5 and 6 and a school skiing trip.
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