We aim for all our children to develop an enthusiasm for sport to encourage fitness and healthy living habits which will last a lifetime.
At Hollymount School, P.E. is fundamental to our curriculum. We believe that this subject inspires all pupils to succeed in physical activities and helps them to become confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. As a result, we believe that our children should be physically active every day. Daily physical activity can be achieved through P.E. lessons, break times, lunchtimes, the daily mile/fitness and extra-curricular activities. We also believe that children should have the opportunity to compete in sport and other activities that build character and help to embed values such as teamwork, leadership, resilience, grace in success and failure and respect.
The importance of high-quality teaching of PE is a key at Hollymount School. Throughout the academic year pupils have exposure to a range of external professionals such as Zumba and Swimming instructors that enhance the quality of extra-curricular activities. These experiences help develop the CPD of teachers and allow them to continue to improve the quality of provision. A recent example of this includes two year groups attending swimming lessons each term. This allows all children from Reception – Year 6 to develop water confidence and skills across the academic year. A similar approach is applied to the delivery of dance where children from Nursery – Year 6 participate in dance lessons which are delivered by a professional dance teacher.
To promote maximum participation and activity throughout the school day at Hollymount School we implement structured break and lunch time activities alongside all classes participating in a daily mile/fitness. These regular opportunities for activity, movement and competition promote health and fitness and allow children to develop sense of well-being.
Teachers create a positive attitude to PE learning and reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in PE in the way that suits them best.
At the end of the 2021-22 academic year, 37 of the 51 children in Year 6 could swim 25 metres and 41 children could swim using a range of strokes effectively. Of the 51 children in the year group, 35 children could perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.