Physical Education & Games
At St Stephens we feel Sport and PE is a vital tool in all children’s development. Through PE we aim to help children make physical progress but believe exercise also has a positive impact on their general well-being, including boosting self-esteem, self-confidence, problem solving and team games. Aaron Downes, our Sports Coach oversees our PE and Games Curriculum.
Our aims and objectives as a school are to:
- Provide more opportunities for children to participate in sport and try new sports
- Engage children within competitions
- Create greater links with outside sports clubs & organisations
- Guide and give pathways for gifted and talented children.
Our vision is to discover and develop the potential within each pupil through engagement in sport and physical activities.
Every child will have the opportunity to take part in at least two hours PE a week. PE lessons take place in the school hall or playground and cover a wide variety of topics, including gymnastics, indoor athletics, health and fitness, dance. During games children take part in many team sports, such as tag rugby, football, netball, cricket and athletics. These are all tailored towards the Richmond Borough Sports competitions which we regularly take part in. We have enjoyed high levels of success in these competitions, going on to represent Richmond at the London School Games, achieving medals in tag rugby and football.
Whilst at St. Stephen’s, children are given the opportunity to learn to swim at least 25 metres. Swimming lessons for Year 2 & 3 children take place at Pools on the Park in Richmond, where the children are instructed in small groups according to ability. All children have the opportunity to gain distance and personal survival awards; stronger swimmers represent the school at the Borough Swimming Gala.
- GOLD STANDARD - We have achieved the coveted Gold standard for PE and offer a wide range of extra-curricular clubs.
- HOUSE SYSTEM - Our fantastic house system allows all children to engage in competitions within the school, culminating in our annual Sports Day at Orleans Park School, where every child takes part.
- SPORTS COUNCIL - We have a children’s sports council, that comes up with ideas for sporting opportunities for the whole school community.
We are passionate that all children take part in physical exercise, whatever their ability.