Physical education develops the pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding so that they can perform with increasing competence and confidence in a range of physical activities.

Physical education promotes an understanding of their bodies in action. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills, and it promotes positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Thus we enable the pupils to make informed choices about physical activity throughout their lives.

The objectives of teaching PE at St Marks are:

  • To enable pupils to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and coordination.
  • To encourage pupils to work and play with others in a range of group situations.
  • To develop the way pupils perform skills, and apply rules and conventions for different activities.
  • To show pupils how to improve the quality and control of their performance.
  • To teach pupils to recognise and describe how their bodies feel during exercise.
  • To develop the pupil’s enjoyment of physical activity through creativity and imagination.
  • To develop an understanding in pupils of how to succeed in a range of physical activities, and how to evaluate their own success.
  • Our principal aim is to develop the pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding, and we do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual or group activities.
  • Within lessons we give the pupils the opportunity both to collaborate and to compete with each other, and they have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources.

Extra-curricular PE activities at St Marks

We offer a wide range of sports clubs to which any child can join. We think it is important that pupils are as active as possible and we encourage all pupils to participate in extra-curricular sports. Below is a list of our current clubs that will be available at different times of the school year.

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Swimming at St Marks

Throughout the academic year pupils from year 1 to 6 are taught at Better Leisure Centre South Norwood. Swimming pools and lessons are differentiated to suit all levels. Beginners are taught basic skills and should be confident in the water at the end of the academic year. Pupils who already have some swimming ability are given the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills by practising different strokes and skills such as treading water and picking up objects from the bottom of the pool.