PE is separate to the Learning Challenge curriculum but is an important subject at St Mark’s. In 2014 we were the first school in Bromley to be awarded the AfPE Quality Mark, showing that we offer high quality PE and a broad and balanced curriculum. The Sainsbury's School Games Kitemark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. St Marks are delighted to have just achieved the Gold School Games Mark in October 2016.
In KS1 and KS2 children receive two hours of PE a week, made up of two lessons. In the EYFS children receive more than two hours of Physical Development a week, including separate PE lessons. Throughout the year children will learn: gymnastics, games, dance and athletics, taught through a variety of activities such as multi-skills (KS1), netball, volleyball, badminton, hockey, football, rounders, tennis, cricket, tag rugby and lacrosse. Children in KS2 will also take part in outdoor and adventurous activities and have swimming lessons in year 3 and year 5.
We develop our Physical Literacy through implementing the Long Term Athletic Development program, this has been proven to improve performance and increase life long participation. In PE lessons children are not only learning and developing physical skills, they are also developing their social skills. Children are given the chance to lead and create activities, to evaluate their own and others’ performances, including the use of video and photo analysis, to develop sportsmanship, team work and competitiveness and most importantly to understand the health benefits of being physically active.
PE and Sport is very much embedded into the life of St Mark’s School, with our Sports Captains promoting the importance of sportsmanship, exercise and healthy lifestyles. Sports House Points are offered to children for demonstrating the Olympic and Paralympic Values. Children are recognised and rewarded for their commitment, dedication and achievement in Sport and PE and the London 2012 legacy is reflected within our ethos.
Extra curricular activities
All children are able to take part in clubs that are offered by school staff or external agencies. We offer clubs before and after school most days, as well as some lunch times.
We buy into the Bromley Schools Sports Competition package and enter frequent competitions throughout the year, including football, gymnastics, cross country, athletics, cycling, tennis, netball, hockey, swimming, tag rugby. We have specialist coaches in gymnastics, football, tennis, rugby, cricket, swimming and dance, amongst many other staff qualifications and expertise.