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Physical Education

Physical Education (PE) at Welwyn St Mary’s develops well balanced children whilst fostering their enjoyment, confidence and skills within PE, physical activity and school sport. This boosts mental wellbeing and achievement. We adopt the head (thinking), heart (doing), hands (behavioural change) approach when planning the curriculum and delivering PE lessons. We recognise the transferable nature of skills e.g. remembering a dance sequence and sequencing a story through cross-curricular activities. The national School Games Mark (gold) recognises our commitment to PE and sporting activities. Additionally, we promote a physical lifestyle through active classrooms. This is achieved through activities such as Just Dance, Super Movers, Take 10, the daily mile and investing in active resources to be used within the classroom setting.

Throughout the key stages, our curriculum ensures children understand the many benefits of being physically active and the positive impacts of lifelong participation. We strive to develop the children’s physical literacy from the start of school in Reception and throughout their time in our school.  Having motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding is essential for learning and success in life.  The curriculum covers gymnastics, athletics, OAA (outdoor adventurous activities), dance, invasion, net and wall games and swimming.

We are fortunate to have excellent facilities for PE including a purpose-built gymnasium and extensive playing fields. Further involvement is encouraged through a wide range of extra-curricular activities which take place at lunchtime and after school. Additionally, we boost competitive sport through a variety of sporting competitions, offering a real variety and breadth for all.