Physical Education and Sport
St. Michael’s is an ‘active school’. We believe that when children move regularly in school; behaviour, attention, attendance and academic performance all improve. We provide a range of opportunities for every child to lead a fun and healthy lifestyle.
Our aim is for children to leave St. Michael’s with the knowledge, skills, and motivation for lifelong participation in physical activity and sport – to be the best they can be.
Our children enjoy two hours of scheduled PE each week. We also encourage them to be as active as possible throughout the school day. Our grounds allow access to a range of sports and an opportunity for other areas of our curriculum to be taught in an energetic, fun and creative way.
As well as weekly “Active Maths” lessons, children also enjoy a fitness routine in addition to their PE lessons. We strongly believe it improves our children’s memory, focus, mood and behaviour, helping them to learn better.
Key Stage 1 examples: Children are taught a rich and rewarding PE curriculum, to extend their agility, balance and coordination. Emphasis is placed on the core knowledge, skills and teamwork associated with sports and dance.
Key Stage 2 examples: Children extend their ability and enjoyment of sport and dance, learning from specialist PE teachers. They learn how to use skills in new and increasingly challenging ways. Competitive activities and sports for all abilities become an increasing part of school life in the higher years.
We value the impact sport has on a child’s confidence. We provide wide-ranging and inclusive opportunities for children to enjoy and excel in a range of competitive sports.
These include tag rugby, football, hockey, netball, cricket, golf, tennis, athletics and dance.
We are regularly involved in competitions against schools locally and across Haringey and we also have an intra-school sports league where children represent their house group and showcase their skills in a range of sports to parents.
Sporting events we participate in are featured in our school newsletters.
Leadership and teamwork
Our units of study help children develop skills in teamwork and leadership. They also learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success. Our children further develop positive values such as good sportsmanship, fairness and respect. Children in Key Stage 2 are encouraged to help lead and organise informal and formal events for their peers and younger children.
Sport beyond the curriculum
We are keen to provide opportunities for our children to develop their enjoyment and learning of physical activity and competitive sport beyond our daily curriculum. We have an extensive selection of sports-based extra-curricular clubs before and after school, covering all ages and abilities.
We also have strong links with clubs and organisations in the local community, which allows our children access to a range of specialist coaching.