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At Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, we aim to develop positive attitudes towards physical activity and promote healthy lifestyles through a balanced programme of dance, games, gymnastics, athletics, swimming and outdoor activities. We believe that through the variety of opportunities that P.E. offers, children can develop a sense of personal achievement, fair play, teamwork and an understanding of the ways in which sport can transcend social and cultural boundaries.  

Purposes and Aims
  • To ensure that all children will be physically active and find enjoyment and fulfillment in physical activity which lasts a lifetime.
  • To provide opportunities for children to acquire and develop skills performing with increasing physical competence and confidence in a range of physical activities and contexts.
  • To develop positive attitudes to physical activity including perseverance, fair play and sportsmanship as well as the ability to cope with failure and promote a fair response to winning and losing
  • To teach children about personal safety in relation to their bodies/clothing and dangers in using equipment inappropriately, including within the water.
  • To develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the human body and its capabilities

Early Years and Foundation Stage will follow the EYFS framework.

Moving and handling: children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They move confidently in a range of ways, safely negotiating space. They handle equipment and tools effectively.

Health and self-care: children know the importance for good health of physical exercise, and a healthy diet, and talk about ways to keep healthy and safe. 

Swimming is part of the National Curriculum. At Holy Cross, we believe it is vitally important that children learn to swim, and to keep safe in and around water.
Children in Key Stage 2 attend swimming lessons for a 2-week block each term at Europa Pools, Birkenhead. This will be targeted at specific year groups so that children have an intensive learning experience to achieve the required standards.
Lessons are taught by professional swimming instructors and by our own teachers, who have completed a qualification in teaching swimming.

Curriculum aims – by the end of Key Stage 2, children should be able 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

The children in year six took part in an intensive swimming programme and 70% of the cohort where able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. Use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.