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PE, Sport & Swimming

At Merryfields School Physical Educations aims to contribute to the overall education of all pupils and complement the aims of the school.

Underpinning the Physical Education curriculum there are four strands of knowledge, skills and understanding:

  • Acquiring and developing skills

  • Selecting and applying skills, tactics and compositional ideas

  • Evaluating and improving performance

  • Knowledge and understanding of fitness and health

Physical Education aims to -

  • Provide a broad and balanced programme of activities, which facilitates the development of the potential of all individual pupils ensuring effective learning.

  • The emphasis is on creating a stress free and supportive learning environment that encourages maximum participation and is sympathetic to pupils' physical, emotional and behavioural needs.

  • To develop skillful use of the body, the ability to remember, repeat and refine actions and to perform them with increasing control, co-ordination and fluency (acquring and applying).

  • To develop an increasing ability to select, link and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas (selecting and applying).

  • To improve observational skills and the ability to describe and make simple judgments on their own work and other work, and to use their observations and judgments to improve their performances (improving and evaluating)

  • To develop an understanding of the effects of exercise on the body, and an appreciating of the value of exercise (knowledge and understanding of fitness and health).

  • The ability to work independently, and communicate with and respond positively towards others (working alone and with others)

  • To promote an understanding of safe practice, and develop a sense of responsibility towards their own and others safety and well-being (applying safety principles)

  • To develop a sense of fair play and sportsmanship

  • To develop communication skills, encouraging the use of correct terminology, to promote effective co-operation.

Each class has access to a swimming session weekly, this is either at our on site swimming pool or at the local public swimming baths. There is always a lifeguard present during the swimming sessions and the use of volunteers ensures there is a higher adult:pupil ratio.

Every year we hold a school sports day which parents are invited to, to celebrate our achievements in physical activity.

Swimming

Even though we are lucky to have our own swimming pool on site, we still ensure our more confident swimmers in Year 6 experience swimming in a 25m pool. This is to further develop their confidence and provide the children with new challenges. It also allows us to accurately assess the children’s swimming ability. All children, by the end of Year 6 most be able to: 

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively (front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke)
  • perform water safety skills and basic first aid skills.

 

In April 2018, we assessed our Year 6 children. The results are shown below. 

What percentage of your Year 6 pupils could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metre?

35%

What percentage of your Year 6 pupils could use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]?

18%

What percentage of your Year 6 pupils could perform water safety skills and basic first aid skills? 

5%