Subject Leader: Mr Michael Keady
Physical Education at Our Lady Immaculate Primary School
PE is a valued part of the curriculum at Our Lady Immaculate School. Each pupil in school receives two hours of PE each week. One hour is allocated for indoor activities such as gym, dance and multi-skills. Children are taught to develop their fundamental skills and movements through activities in each area of indoor PE. The second hour is designated to games activities outside and during their lessons, transferable skills are developed through a range of sports. Skills are developed through planned activities categorised into; Invasion Games (Football, Netball, Basketball, Hockey), Net and Wall Games (Tennis, Badminton), Striking and Fielding (Kwik Cricket, Rounders).
In addition to this, children will prepare for an annual sports day during the summer term in athletics sessions, which is the highlight of the year for many of our budding atheletes. For KS2 children, sports day is an inter-house competition, and good-natured rivalry (the staff as much as the children!!) takes place. The winning house, has their house colours on the sports day cup for the forthcoming year, and is accepted at the end of sports day, with great pride, by the winning house!
In year 4, as part of the national curriculum, children have a terms worth of swimming sessions, which take place at Grand Avenue School pool. The children are taught by our specialist swimming teacher, Mrs Blunt and all enjoy the swimming lessons enormously.
Children throughout the school are given the opportunity to compete against themselves to improve personal bests and against each other to learn about honest competition and the nature of winning and losing. Additionally, there are many opportunities for children to compete against other schools in the borough in a variety of different sports, which this year have included football, netball, basketball and multi skills.
We are currently in partnership with Richard Challoner Secondary School, who provide opportunities throughout the year for children to compete against local schools. They are able to send specialist coaches in to enhance the children’s experience of different sports. Key Stage 1 are invited to use their superb facilities to participate in annual multi-skills festivals.
In the Spring term year 6 pupils visit an activities camp for a week long PGL residential trip where they participate in outdoor and adventurous activities. The main objectives of the trip are to encourage independence, teamwork and communication and this, for many, this will be the first time that they have been away from home for such a period of time, but they always all come back with a smile on their faces, having had the best time ever!!