Mrs Douglas is St Thomas’ PE leader. She has a passion for sports and physical education, having specialised in Dance at University, and has danced from a young age. Mrs Douglas is passionate about children reaching their full potential and believes PE is a great way to develop children’s skills, abilities and resilience. She also believes that PE can improve children’s physical fitness and their wellbeing.
Mrs Douglas believes that PE should be accessible for all, no matter what a child’s academic or physical limitations might be. She also strongly believes that exercise and knowing how to look after yourself greatly increases children’s happiness, confidence and self belief.
It is our intent at St Thomas’ to deliver a broad and balanced Physical Education curriculum, designed to give all pupils the chance to excel and develop a love of sport. We aim to create children who are confident, resilient and team players, as well as encourage them to take ownership of their own wellbeing through developing a growth mind-set approach. Our students will be given many opportunities to participate in competitive sport, in a wide variety of areas, in order to motivate them to live a healthy lifestyle. P.E at St Thomas’ will aim to enhance the children’s own physical skills and abilities, identify their strengths and weaknesses and promote aspirational targets, which create plenty of opportunities for them to succeed.
All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.
In particular, pupils should be taught to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
At St. Thomas’ our children go swimming in Year 3 for one term (Summer) then in Year 4 for two terms (Autumn and Spring) at Daisyfield Swimming Baths.
Extra swimming sessions also take place in Year 5 and Year 6.
Academic year 2020/2021 – 42/60 pupils could confidently and proficiently swim over at least 25 metres.
Each week a child is nominated by a member of staff for something they have done either in a PE lesson, after school activity or competition. This is then celebrated in Friday’s Golden Worship.