including dance, games, gymnastics, athletics and swimming
At St. Osmund's great importance is attached to the value of sport in our children’s lives. Children are encouraged to take part in a wide variety of activities, both within their curriculum lessons and through extra curricular activities.
We follow the Create Development programme – real PE. The programme develops the children's fundamental movement skills - agility, balance and co-ordination - through fun activities and challenges designed to allow the children to take control of their own learning. The six units over the year focus not only on the different physical activity skills but on the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills required in order for our children to achieve in PE, sport and life. The Assessment for Learning tools enable more effective communication to the learners and shifts responsibility to them so that they take more ownership of their learning. The programme enables every child to take part and to improve at their own pace and ability, making it a personalised learning journey.
We also employ professional sports coaches - PH Sports - to teach one lesson a week to each year group. They also provide lunchtime clubs and after school clubs for our children, offering a range of traditional and less traditional sports and these clubs are always well attended by our children.
Throughout Key Stage 2 all children have regular swimming lessons at the local pool. By the end of Key Stage 2 all children should be able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, using a range of strokes effectively and perform a safe self-rescue. In the summer term selected children enter the local swimming gala to compete against other schools.
As a school, many of our children take part in festival competitions throughout the year against other schools in a range of various sports suited to both sporty and non-sporty children. These include tri-golf, football, tag rugby, boccia, athletics, mini-marathon cross-country running and many more. At the end of the year we then take part in the School Games Competition held in Marlborough.
We have Sports Leaders who run the 'Change 4 Life' club and the 'Positive Play' lunchtime clubs, they have wonderful ideas and fun activities to bring to the club and children from all year groups enjoy taking part in the clubs.
In the summer term we hold our annual sports days. The Infant Sports Day is a splendid event in which our children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 begin to experience competition in a gentle way on our school grounds. The Junior Sports Day for Years 3 - 6 is a larger event and is held on the Cathedral Close playing fields and is a great demonstration of the children’s athletic skills.