PE and Sport
PE @ St Ben’s
At St Benedict’s we are proud of the PE provision we are able to offer our students. Sadly in the past, many children have left school thinking that PE is only for the fastest, or the fittest or the strongest of people. Therefore, our aim is to turn that mind-set on its head. We firmly believe that PE should be fun, engaging and active so that no child ever feels that way. We want children to move their bodies, develop new skills, learn new sports and learn to develop into healthy adults.
Developing the whole child through PE
At St Benedict's C of E VA Junior School we use Real PE to give EVERY child the physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to achieve in PE, Sport and life. This unique, child centred approach transforms how we teach PE to include, challenge and support EVERY child. Real PE is supported by Jasmine – your real learning platform. This teaching and learning aid has been designed to help bring lessons to life for the children in a fun and creative way.
You can view a selection of the lesson plans that we use, see the exciting games we play and activities we do to develop the pupil’s fundamental movement skills, in addition to their personal, social, cognitive, creative skills by clicking the links below.
Before the school day has even begun, we offer all children the opportunity to take part in our morning club known as DASH. This is run by local sports coaches. DASH is a physical club aimed at getting children to burn some energy before they start their day. They play team games, invasion games and generally have a great time. Your child is welcome to attend each morning. However, we do ask that the children are dropped off between 8 and 8:05 am. We cannot accept children after this time due to the coaches organising the sessions and late comers disrupting the activities. Please ensure that your child has been accepted into the session before leaving them as there is no adult supervision for your child until 8:30 should you arrive late.
We are proud of our children and want to encourage them in their chosen sports. We currently belong to several area leagues. These include:
- Girls’ Football
- Mendip Cross Country League
After school clubs
We are fortunate to be able to offer a wide range of extra-curricular clubs. These have included:
- Cross Country
- Glee Club
- Gardening Club
- Tag Rugby
- Film Club
- Eco Club
Our goal is to encourage water safety and a basic competence in the water. We aim to train children to be able to swim a distance of 25M. The children have swimming lessons at Strode Swimming pool in Street. Currently, we take Year 4 children during the autumn term and Year 3 during the summer term. As well as this we offer intervention swimming lessons for Year 4 children during the spring term (this is by invite only).
As well as curriculum PE we are keen to offer the children as many physical experiences as possible. These vary from year to year but have included:
Year 5 healthy eating program
In addition to this, we have purchased two Active wall units which the children use on a rota basis.
We are also lucky enough to have our own all-weather artificial pitch, which the children can use at break and lunch on a rota basis. Please note – children must wear sports shoes on the astro (no studs or moulds thank you).
During each academic year, we train some of our energetic Year 5 children to become sports leaders. They get training from sports coaches and learn how to plan, organise and run a sports activity. They use their knowledge to run sports activities at break time and lunch time. Furthermore, they help run the events at the lower school sports day.
Every spring, our wonderful Year 5 children embark on a residential trip to Osmington Bay in Dorset. They take part in outside learning such as team building, den building, hiking and many other active things.
Next, the Year 6 children travel to London where they have a jam packed two days of exploring and learning about the wonderful sites our capital has to offer.
Every year, children from the school are selected to undertake horse-riding lessons. This is a fantastic opportunity for children to develop their confidence, self-worth and self-esteem whilst looking after these amazing animals. The children will be taught to ride the horses and will learn about caring for them, which will include ‘mucking out’. These sessions are charitably funded by Back-On-Track, whose work is invaluable in the community.
We offer outdoor learning to all children throughout the year. The majority of our staff has a Forest School qualification so we are able to offer high quality learning. Our outside area is still in its infancy yet we have been planting trees and shrubs which over time will create a more forest like feel. However, we have a great purpose built outdoor classroom and conservation area and lots of wildlife that the children can explore.
Please ensure your child has a suitable, named PE kit in school. This should comprise:
A white polo/ T- shirt
Blue shorts or skort
Blue jogging bottoms – for the colder months
Socks (especially if your child wears tights to school)
A PE bag to keep things together
We are incredibly proud to be have been recognised for the work we are doing in helping young people to be active. We have been awarded the School Games Silver award and came runners-up in the Somerset Sports Awards.