Physical Education Overview
St. Mary's benefits from extensive grassed and hard playing areas and a wooden trim trail. Children enjoy games, gymnastics, dance, football, netball, rounders, hockey, basketball, lacrosse, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities, tennis, cross country and cricket, both in and/or outside the curriculum. School is proud to have achieved the Active Mark because two hours each week is spent on high quality PE, and we are committed to enabling all children have an increased participation in high quality PE. In October 2016, St Mary’s was awarded The Sainsbury’s Gold Sportsmark Award for Commitment to the development of PE and Competitive Sporting Opportunities. Children have the opportunity to represent school in some of the above sports and in addition, to take part in local sporting events and play competitively against other schools. We have strong links with local sports clubs and children regularly benefit from coaching by local sports representatives. In Year 5 children attend Saddleworth Pool for a weekly swimming lesson on during the spring and summer term. There is an annual sports day during the summer term involving all children. School has a PE technician two days each week who trains the Sports Leaders at lunchtimes, leads PE sessions and runs after school physical activity clubs such as football, multi- sports and netball.