Stay Active during school closure
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At Our Lady & St. Gerard’s our aim is for all pupils to develop positive attitudes towards physical activity and sport and to develop and adopt active lifestyles and habits which will remain with them for their whole lives.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 children participate in two structured P.E. lessons per week. The children also have numerous opportunities throughout the year to attend different sports clubs and activities and represent the school in a variety of competitions and festivals.
Our Key Stage 1 P.E. Curriculum focusses on developing the fundamental movement skills. Whilst developing these skills, pupils have opportunities to work independently, with a partner and in small groups or teams to begin to develop teamwork and leadership skills. We also ensure our Key Stage 1 pupils participate in Outdoor & Adventurous Activities to begin to develop efficient problem solving skills and start to build resillience.
In Key Stage 2, the curriculum is structured so that children participate in a range of activities including gymnastics, athletics, dance, games (striking and fielding, invasion, net and wall) and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities. Swimming is also taught by swimming teachers at Leyland Leisure Centre for children in Year 3. If, at the end of the block of swimming lessons, children have not achieved the required standard, children are given the opportunity to attend TOP-UP sessions in subsequent terms and years.
We are continually striving to improve and enhance our provision for P.E. and School Sport and increase the opportunities available to all pupils. We offer a variety of after school clubs, for all ages and abilities and compete in a number of inter-school leagues and competitions throughout the year. Our children have really enjoyed participating in the 'additional activities' of Judo, Yoga, Zumba and Tai Chi. Hopefully this year's new activities of archery and martial arts will be just as well received.
We also offer:
- Year 5 the opportunity to attend a Robinwood Outdoor Activity Centre for 3 days to participate in a range of outdoor and adventurous activities, develop their teamwork skills and improve their confidence and self-esteem. This is always a rewarding, enjoyable and tiring residential course for both the pupils and staff.
- Bikeability training for Year 6.
- Tots on Tyres sessions for the Reception classes.
- Several year 5 & 6 pupils who have a talent in dance the chance to learn a regional dance and teach it to the rest of the school before the whole school performs the dance in the ‘Dance from the Heart Roadshow’
- Leadership training (or ’Buddy Training’)
Whole School Overview
Swimming Data 2018-2019
Spring Term 2020
The Spring Term saw many year groups enjoying participating in Oudoor and Adventurous activities in the cold, windy weather. In addition, Year 2 further developed their fundamental movement skills while learning basic cricket skills with Cricket Coach Joe. Year 4 worked on their agility, strength, balance and flexibility in Judo sessions, while Year 5 improved their balance and co-ordination in their Tai-Chi and Martial Arts lessons. 3W impressed their teachers in the swimming pool and Year 6 showed discipline and perseverance in their archery sessions.
Autumn Term 2019
The autumn term included Bikeability for Year 6, a Robinwood trip for Year 5, Zumba, Tots on Tyres for Reception and cricket sessions for Years 3 and 6. We participated in an Indoor Athletics competition, football league matches, a girls' football tournament and a netball development afternoon. The Lunchtime Buddies are doing a fantastic job of organising games at lunchtimes and we look forward to introducing a Sports Council in the Spring Term to organise even more activities to help keep Our Lady & St. Gerard's active.
We had lots of fun being active last year - below are just a few photographs of some of the activities we enjoyed.