PE and Physical Activity at St Bernadette's
At St Bernadette’s, we deliver a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities. We provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. We ensure that our pupils have opportunities to compete in sport and other activities to build character, resilience and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. Our curriculum develops a range of skills and covers a variety of sports such as football, hockey, netball, badminton, basketball, athletics, tennis, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA) and tag rugby. We teach gymnastics, games, athletics, dance and swimming as well as providing daily opportunities for active play to enhance well-being and readiness for learning. Specialist teachers enhance our sports provision and we provide numerous opportunities for our children to be involved in representing our school in a variety of competitive events in the local community such as Catholic Schools’ Sports Day, tournaments in badminton, netball, basketball, football, cross country and tag rugby and we take part in athletics competitions with schools across Milton Keynes. We compete in the Milton Keynes’ Schools’ Football League for both boys and girls. We run our own annual football festival which is well attended by other MK schools – with at least 150 children taking part annually. In addition to this, we offer children the chance to take part in residential visits providing a range of physical and character building challenges. We promote positive attitudes towards sport and value achievements both within and outside the school day which are celebrated at weekly assemblies.
We are always looking for new initiatives and ideas that can enhance PE provision in the school and continue to try to improve the engagement of children in a variety of ways. We have introduced the Daily Mile across the school to improve fitness levels, reduce obesity and promote physical and mental wellbeing. We also recognise the benefits of taking physical activity in nature and therefore run Forest Schools Education and have introduced allotments in our school to promote gardening for healthy nutrition. We plan to install a sound system to promote dance on our playground and our older children look forward to leading this new initiative. We have exercise equipment on our playground and a wide range of additional play equipment and painted markings to encourage physical exercise and team games.
We offer a wide variety of extra-curricular sporting clubs such as football, dodgeball, athletics, dance, tag-rugby, basketball, GoNoodle, and meditation.
We recognise our responsibility in promoting a healthy lifestyle for the whole family and therefore out Sports coach runs a weekly fitness class on Saturdays for adults in the school community. We run an annual Healthy Community Week, which culminates with a whole-school Family Fun Run and we have extended our sports days to involve all the family in a healthy aerobic workout.
Despite our school being relatively new (built 2005), a number of our past pupils are successful sports men and women – professional footballers, scholarships to play basketball in USA, and a number of pupils playing for football and basketball youth academies. Whilst at our school, one of our Y6 pupils broke Greg Rutherford’s senior boys’ record for the long jump!
You can see our PE long-term plan by clicking on the image below.
You can also read our Sports Strategy on the School Reports page. Just follow the link below: