We work in partnership with the London PE and School Sports Network.
At English Martyrs’ RC, we believe that PE helps to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle so it’s a key aspect of our school life. As well as the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, our aim is to nurture the ethos of enjoyment, fair play, team spirit and self discipline, always teaching safe practise and good use of sports apparatus. Two hours of PE is timetabled per week for each class through which we develop core skills to enable the children to become well rounded sportsmen and women as set out in the National Curriculum. We have a full range of PE and sports activities inclusive of gymnastics, dance, athletics and games such as netball, basketball, tag rugby, dodgeball, kwik cricket and hockey. The school engages an excellent professional sports coach to teach PE (indoor and outdoor) to classes from Year 1 to Year 6.
All children in Year 3 and Year 4 have the chance to take swimming lessons once per week for a year. Children in Year 5 who did not achieve the National Curriculum requirements of swimming at least 25m are also given the opportunity to take extra swimming lessons in order to improve their swimming and water safety.
In addition, each term, there are after-school clubs such as Multi-skills and football and a full calendar of sporting fixtures run by the PSSN within the borough, which help to ensure that English Martyrs’ children can develop their physical skills to the full. Children with SEN are also given the chance to do activities such as bowling and sailing run by PSSN. We also work with outside agents like ‘Let’s Get Physical’ team who ran a vibrant after school club targeting ‘children who do not normally take part in sport clubs outside school.’ This will help those children to develop confidence to participate in sports activities outside school.
Annually, our Sports Day is held at Burgess Park for all children from Year 1 to Year 6. Nursery and Reception have their Sports Day at school. This gives the children the opportunity to take part in fun activities such as beanbag throw, javelin throw and tug of war and to show off their skills in both track and field activities. We encourage parents to come and see their children compete in these events and to enjoy participating in a parent race themselves.
To further develop their sporting journey, we encourage the children to join clubs outside of school. Presently, some attend football and swimming clubs.
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English Martyrs’ are proud to announce that all children (Nursery-Year 6) have completed two Daily Mile challenges so far; ‘London Loop’ in the autumn term and ‘Million Miles’ in the spring term. Both challenges required running at a moderate pace for 15 minutes every day. Many children are showing increased stamina and better focus during lessons.
The children have had assemblies stating the importance of making healthy living choices and exercising every day in order to improve their general health and fitness as well as their social and cognitive skills. There is still more to be done so bring on the next challenge!
Congratulations to the year 2 children that attended the athletics day at The Castle Leisure Centre on 23/01/20. These children demonstrated great sportsmanship and friendly behaviour throughout the event. They finished in 3rd place overall after a variety of different athletic activities and have been encouraged to join clubs outside of school. Keep it up year 2!
The year 6 children had been improving their tag rugby skills during the Autumn 2 half term in preparation for the tag rugby tournament at Burgess Park on 22.02.20. The children who were selected to represent English Martyrs’ demonstrated excellent teamwork and sportsmanship throughout the day. They did really well to make it to the quarter-finals and lost narrowly in extra time by 1 point. So close. We are proud of your efforts and the way you conducted yourself during the day!
Well done to the year 6 children who practised hard in their PE lessons and got selected to represent English Martyrs’ for the netball tournament at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth on 31.01.20. They showed excellent teamwork by rotating and playing different positions each game. The children were encouraging each other and also praising other schools. You have made the school proud!
Congratulations to the children who attended the Key Stage 2 Boccia event at Bacon’s College on 11.02.20. These children demonstrated exceptional behaviour throughout the day and were willing to give a new sport a go. These children showed determination not to give up and gave their best effort throughout. We are glad you enjoyed the event!
A very big shout out to the children who attended the Year 5 Leadership day in the autumn term! They have shown great dedication to consistently turn up and help me to deliver the multi-skills after-school clubs. They have thought hard and worked well together to plan different activities that work on fundamental skills like agility, balance, coordination, throwing, catching, kicking and more. They have also given the children opportunities to improve their social and communication skills by allowing the children to practice working in partners and small groups. I have been very impressed with their attitude and leadership skills!
After school Multi Skills Club – Each week pupils from Reception – Year 6 attend a multi skills club, they have lots of fun and learn different skills.
The eagerly-anticipated visit of Ezekiel Ewulo (Successful professional long jump athlete) was a huge success.
Every child in the school (Nursery-Year 6) participated in a fitness circuit ran by Ezekiel himself. The children put their maximum effort in and worked up a real sweat. Ezekiel also delivered an assembly to the whole school, which explained his journey as an athlete and focused on healthy eating, healthy living, teamwork, responsibility, communication and creativity. Ezekiel demonstrated how to perform a long jump correctly and the children were excited to see some teachers do it before some of them had a chance to try for themselves. The children continued to show their enthusiasm by asking many Ezekiel many questions about his career as a long jump athlete and he was pleased to see how interested the children were.
Well done to all the children and parents who worked hard raising sponsorship money for this event, especially to the families who raised enough money to get a postcard, poster or autographed instant photo of themselves with Ezekiel. The total we managed to raise as a school was an impressive £575.30p!
This money helped to pay for the event, fund some of Ezekiel’s training and provide new sports equipment for our school.
The children have been eager to practice their long jumps during play time/lunch time, PE lessons and after-school clubs. They really have been inspired to try out a new sport and we look forward to seeing the impact of the discussions around healthy eating, healthy living, teamwork, responsibility, communication and creativity.
A big thank you to Ezekiel Ewulo and good luck in getting to the next Olympics!