Physical Education Leader - Ms. M. Quirk
PE at Our Lady’s aims to develop the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary for mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing in our children now and for their future. Physical fitness is an important part of leading a healthier lifestyle. It teaches self-discipline and that to be successful you must work hard, show resilience and have the determination to believe that anything can be achieved.
It is our intent at Our Lady’s to teach children life skills that will positively impact on their future. We aim to deliver high-quality teaching and learning opportunities that inspire all children to succeed in physical activities. We want to teach children how to cooperate and collaborate with others, as part of a team, understanding fairness and equity of play to embed life-long values.
Pupils participate in weekly high quality PE and sporting activities. Our PE programme incorporates a variety of sports to ensure all children develop the confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses. We provide opportunities for children to engage in extra-curricular activities, in addition to competitive sporting events. This is an inclusive approach which endeavours to encourage not only physical development but also well-being.
Our curriculum aims to improve the wellbeing and fitness of all children at Our Lady’s, not only through the sporting skills taught, but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.
Physical Education, which includes gymnastics, dance, swimming and games, is an important part of the school curriculum and the National Curriculum. It is the only subject which, through the use and knowledge of the body and its movements, contributes to all aspects of the education of young people.
PE is taught on a minimum of 2 hours a week and the aim in all of its range of activities is to develop all the physical skills, to encourage an enjoyment of sport and to establish an attitude of perseverance and an acceptance of rules and decisions.
The school has a well-equipped school hall and large playing field. Year 5 and 6 classes each have a block of swimming lessons, which lasts a term and a half. These sessions take place in Kingsway Swimming Baths.
We are affiliated to the Halton Sports Association, giving us opportunities to regularly compete with schools across the borough. Through the inter-school activities we enter a range of competitions such as, cross-country, swimming and athletics. We also compete in sporting events run between schools in other local authorities.