At St Thomas' P.E. is taught by all class teachers. Pupils are offered a variety of sports activities within the curriculum that include gymnastics, dance, games, swimming and water safety and athletics activities. Sports activities include football, netball, cross-country, tag-rugby, hockey, rounders, kwik-cricket, tennis, swimming and athletics. Games lessons are mixed and boys and girls participate in all of these activities. Pupils are taught to acquire and develop skills, select and apply skills, tactics and compositional ideas, evaluate and improve their performance, and improve their knowledge and understanding of fitness and health. P.E. is an important aspect of the curriculum and, unless there is a sound medical reason why a child cannot participate, they are expected to do so. If a child needs to be excused, a letter stating the reasons why must be sent to the child’s teacher. Pupils in Key Stage 2 attend swimming lessons at South Moorlands Leisure Centre. Swimming hats are required for all children, swimming goggles may only be worn with written parental permission, and precautions need to be taken if a child is suffering from a veruca. Pupils in Year 6 have the opportunity to participate in a residential outdoor education course, which usually takes place in the Summer term.
"Win or lose, do it fairly."
"Ask not what your teammates can do for you, but what you can do for your teammates."
"Every expert was once a beginner."
"Believe you can and you're halfway there."
"Our PE lessons are fun and help to to stay active and healthy."
"I like learning new things and getting to try different activities."
"I like PE because we get to play games and always move around."
"PE at our school is energetic, amazing and fun!"
Children will have the opportunity to learn about key sporting figures in various aspects of the sporting world as well as high profile sporting events such as the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup. Children will also have the opportunity to represent the school in a range of activities both for competitive and recreation purposes, be signposted to local sports clubs that are on offer within the community and have opportunities to meet professionals from the sports industry.