We regard the PE curriculum as a key foundation for the physical, social and mental development of a child. We access these key areas by ensuring the curriculum (including EYFS outcomes) is fully enhanced in our teaching of physical education.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- Lead healthy, active lives
Three times a year, every year group has a competition day that brings together the skills they have learned in a competitive environment. Each child is entered into a house team which provides a competitive edge against their peers or themselves (personal best target). Competition is at its best on Sports Day. Children, staff and parents embrace the sporting endeavour of a day full of fun and competition.
For the 2018 to 2019 academic year, 95% of current year 6 pupils met the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, using a range of strokes effectively and can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Ursuline has a very proud tradition of being extremely inclusive and competitive at many sporting competitions throughout Sefton and Merseyside. PE unlocks the ‘sporting star’ and removes barriers of participation in sport. Many of our children are encouraged to get involved in sports through clubs or school competitions.
We provide opportunities for children to become involved in a variety of sports. Links involved with Ursuline include:
- The Northern Club - Cricket, badminton and squash.
- Premier Sports - Multi sports including archery, curling and orienteering. (coaches link with Firwood Waterloo RFC)
- Chesterfield High School - gymnastics, dance and Sefton competition links.