We deliver a wide range of physical activities at St. Stephen’s, with the aim of engaging and inspiring all our children. We are committed to ensuring that all children receive at least two hours per week of well-planned, high quality Physical Education. This includes one session every week throughout the year with Benchmark Gymnastics and one session with our full-time PE teacher from Kick London. In addition, we have extra sessions for rotating year groups in half-termly blocks, such as cricket (provided by Jonathan Payne of Shepherd’s Bush Cricket Club) and tennis (provided by the Playground Tennis Company). Year 3 have regular swimming lessons at the local Janet Adegoke swimming pool. Year 5 take part in the QPR Health Stars program, which combines classroom based sessions with playground PE lessons. Our full time PE teacher works with a Sports coordinator to ensure that we regularly play friendly matches with other local and independent schools, which enables us to offer more pupils the chance to take part in matches.
During the year in PE each pupil receives a wide range of lessons from the development of co-ordination and multi-skills to netball, skittleball, tag rugby, football, cricket and athletics.
In addition, we aim for all children to leave St. Stephen’s being able to swim 25 metres confidently, competently and proficiently.
St. Stephen’s appreciates the importance of sport in primary school, both in terms of improving fitness and competing. We have an excellent track record in competing in borough events. We are continuing to raise the profile of competitive sport at St Stephen’s by participating in a wider range of sports. By using some of the Sport Premium to buy extra time from our coaches, we have successfully diversified, winning various borough competition, which has seen our pupils regularly take part at the London Youth Games. We have been awarded a Gold School Games Award.
Being in sports teams can have an enormous motivating effect on children who may struggle academically. This can often improve confidence levels, which in turn can lead to an improved quality of output in class. Our commitment is to ensure that all children have access to a range of sporting activities, not only competitively but during school hours.
At St. Stephen’s, we appreciate the importance of healthy modes of transport to school. To encourage this, we operate a range of schemes to encourage children to cycle to school. We buy in cycling workshops hosted by Bike Works for Year 5 pupils and offer cycling proficiency / cycle repair workshops for all pupils. In terms of walking to school, Year 3 have participated in and successfully completed road safety workshops designed to increase the children’s awareness of traffic hazards. We are delighted to have been awarded Gold Healthy School status.
Before and after school we run a range of sporting clubs that all the children have access to. In addition, our competitive teams train in the morning before school.
Each year all children from Years 1 – 6 take part in Sports Day at Perivale Athletics track, which sees the classes competing against each other in their Houses. By using Perivale Athletics track we are able to offer the children the experience of competing in a proper stadium environment. In addition we organise house tournaments throughout the year to consolidate the children’s learning in each PE unit at the end of each half term, so that they can all compete at an appropriate level.
For more information about the various Sports that we take part in, please look at the Sports tab above.