St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School St Polycarp’s Catholic Primary School

PE Curriculum

Games Lessons 

Our children are taught to throw and catch, participate in team games, practice attacking and defending and as they get older apply basic principles for attacking and defending in a wider variety of games. The lessons are active involving movement that raises the heart rate and improves oxygen consumption by the body.  The children are taught to communicate, co-operate, collaborate and compete.

 Athletics

The children receive athletics lessons during their summer games lessons.

The children are taught by our qualified games coaches, provided by Chelsea FC Foundation.

DAILY RUN 

All children will have a 15 minute daily running session.

PE Lessons 

Autumn Term

Gymnastics / Dance

In gymnastics our children are taught to master basic movement, develop flexibility, control, balance, agility, strength, technique and co-ordination. 
They compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve personal best.
The children are taught by our qualified gymnastics coach, Coach Christina Palmer the Head Coach of Farnham Gymnastics Club.

In the second half of the term the children will concentrate on dance. In dance the children are taught to master basic movement, develop flexibility, control, balance, agility, strength, technique and co-ordination. They are taught to perform dances using simple movements in KS1 and a wider range of movement patterns in KS2. They compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve personal best.
The children are taught by our qualified dance coaches, Coach Keely Catt and Coach Emma Butler provided by Fusion School of Dance.

Spring Term

Gymnastics / Dance

For the first half of the term the children will continue with the gymnastics curriculum outlined in the Autumn term.

For the second half of the term the children will continue with the dance curriculum outlined in the Autumn term.

Summer Term

Tennis

The children receive a term of specialist tennis lessons. Each lesson consists of warm ups and fundamental movement skills. There is then a main theme for technique, tactics and playing the game. In addition fun racket and ball skills drills are used . The children are given additional exercises for more advanced players and mini games.
The children are taught by our qualified LTA tennis coaches, Coach Alicia, Coach Toby, Coach Tristan, Coach Matthew and Coach PJ from Brightwells’ Tennis Club.                                        

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities

At St. Polycarp's we believe in using the outdoors as much as possible to enhance all our curriculum areas where possible. Our staff have all be trained in outdoor learning and plan many lessons using the outside environment to enhance learning.  In addition:

YR and Y1 have outdoor activities planned into their curriculum every day.

Y1 have a trip to Gostrey Meadows where they use the large outside play equipment

Y2 have a trip to Farnham Park where they explore Farnham Park with the  park ranger. Part of this day is spent using the large trim trail.

YR,1 and 2 are timetabled to use the trim trail adjacent to the KS2 playground at all play times.

Y3,4 and 5 are timetabled to use the trim trail adjacent to the KS2 playground at all play times one day a week. Y6 are timetabled to use the trim trail two days a week at all play times.

Y5 have a day at Thames Young Mariners where they take part in water sports and adventurous challenges.

Y5 have an outside activity day at Alice Holt Forest.

Y6 spend a week at PGL Adventure at Little Canada on the Isle of Wight.

Swimming

In the summer term of Y3 all children have a swimming assessment session where they are assessed against the National Curriculum. Any children unable to swim 25 metres on both their back and front  or lack water confidence will receive swimming lessons in Year 4. These lessons take place on a Thursday afternoon. They will be assessed again and if necessary continue swimming until Year 6.

Talented swimmers from Y3 to Y6 are trialled and given the opportunity to train with our elite swim squad. This training takes place  before school on a Monday led by our qualified swimming coach, Coach Jane Vachon; supported by teaching staff and two assistant swimming coaches. At present the squad consists of 30 children. After the February Swimming Gala the Y6's will be replaced by talented Year 3's. Some of the squad will compete in the District School's Annual Swimming Gala.

Additional Curriculum Events Within Curriculum Time

Additional days are arranged for the children throughout the year for example there are annual themed dance workshops led by professional dancers from the Don Rae Academy for the Movement of Arts. The themes coincide with world and national events such as Salsa or Carnival dance workshops when international sports events are held in a Latin American Countries. A dance day was held as a celebration for our Queen with each year group performing dances from around the former commonwealth. 

Visit from an Olympian

Sport for Schools’ come in to run a sports day where the children will be given circuit training challenges and targets to raise their cardiovascular rate. A sporting star always visits as part of this day. In recent Years Beth Tweddle the British gymnast and Pete Waterfield the GB Diver  (Tom Daley’s synchro. diving partner) came  into school  to give an inspirational talk about their sport and particular events they have competed in such as the Olympic Games. They bring in their medals to show the children. Children are always given a session to ask  the Olympians questions. Duncan Goodhew recently visited school and not only joined in the Daily Run but led a whole school assembly on the benefits of participating in sport.

Theme Days 

The school has theme days linked to major sporting tournaments such as the Olympics, World Cup or European Championships. Part of these days involve each class in an inter phase sports tournament.

Mini Olympics

KS2 will have an inter house mini Olympics morning. Every child will compete. There will be twelve teams ( four for each house) made up of children across the key stages. Year 6 will act as sports leaders for this event.

Infant Sports Day (YR and KS1)

An afternoon of competitive races that parents and governors are invited to watch.

Junior Sport’s day (KS2)

An afternoon of competitive races that parents and governors are invited to watch.

Inter - House Tournaments  

Each term there will be an inter house tournament for different sporting events.