Physical Education, Games and Sport

Physical Education is concerned with the promotion of positive attitudes towards physical activity and well-being. At St Mary’s Bucknell Primary children are helped to acquire the skills needed to participate with confidence and enjoyment in a range of individual team activities at school and in the wider community, and to appreciate the place of regular exercise as a way of keeping fit.

All children take part in a minimum of two hours of high quality PE and sporting activities each week provided by a professional sports coach who is a member of the school’s teaching staff.

A well-balanced programme of sporting activities is provided for the children that includes opportunities for expressive and creative movement through dance, as well as gymnastics, swimming, athletics, games and outdoor and adventurous pursuits.

Learning through co-operative and competitive activities helps to promote an understanding of inter-personal relationships.

Children have the opportunity to take part in sporting activities within the school, and with other schools, including local and county tournaments and competitions.

Physical Education is enriched through a wide range of well-attended extra-curricular clubs and activities. Such opportunities enable pupils to develop personal and social skills as well as preparing them for leisure activities in adult life.

All pupils in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to take part in a residential visit at an Activity Centre. A range of outdoor and adventurous pursuits are offered including climbing, buggy building, orienteering, and fencing . We value these opportunities for our pupils to participate in physically challenging land and water-based activities, believing they can make an important contribution to children’s personal and social development.

In July 2019 we achieved the Silver Sainsbury’s School Games Mark for our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport.