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PE at St Mary’s – Vision and Aims

Our school aims to inspire all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport.

Through good physical education, whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best. We listen to our children wants and needs and provide them with a range of active experiences and clubs. We want to aid our children in obtaining the values and skills to celebrate and respect the success of others, as well as modestly celebrating their own successes. 
We aim to ensure that our delivery of physical education allows all children to have the skills and mind-set to leave St Mary’s with the capabilities to be successful in their sporting challenges and active lifestyles at middle school and beyond.
We strive to educate both our children and families to develop a greater understanding on how to live healthy lifestyles and make healthy choices. We are dedicated to ensuring healthy minds, as well as bodies and will continue to support our children’s well-being. We are developing strong links with local clubs and partnerships within our community to ensure the children and families receive the support and knowledge they need.

Sports Leaders

Finley H, Trey C, Jamie T, Jonathan S, Morgan G, William F, Daisy N, Milly H, Sophie D and Peyton D

In September, ten Year 4 children were trained to become Sports Leaders.  The children enjoyed developing their team working and leadership skills alongside children from a number of other schools.  Now they have had the training, the children will work towards their Sports Leader Award, by completing a number of challenges that include organising sports competitions, running sports clubs for other children during school time and writing a report on their sporting hero.

Sports Champions Autumn

We have chosen our Autumn Term Sports Champions. One child has been chosen from each class based on their positive approach to PE and sports.  We are very proud of them.

Diamond - 
Amethyst - Casey-James
Emerald - William
Coral - Seren
Jet - Thomas
Crystal - Florence
Opal - Ruby
Moonstone - Oliver


KS1 Sports Festival

Two teams of Year 2 children attended the first KS1 Sports Festival of the Year.  They all had great fun and were a credit to the school with their excellent behaviour.  All the children received a certificate of participation.

KS2 Tag Rugby

Ten children attended the TAG rugby festival held at Samuel Whitbread Academy on Wednesday 2nd October.  

Florence's Report:
We went to play rugby.  I really enjoyed playing.  We won against Fairfield Park and almost won against Shefford.  Robbie scored the most and he was a good tagger. George was a good defender.  Florence, Robbie and Maisie were good as well.  We practised a lot as well and we had a really good time.

George's Report:
I loved playing tag rugby.  We played against Fairfield Park and we won.  We drew against Shefford.  Robbie scored the most goals.  George was a good tagger and Robbie, Flo and Maisie were too.  We tried our best and practised a lot.

KS1 Multi-skills Festival

Children from Diamond and Amethyst classes recently attended the KS1 Multi-Skills Festival at Etonbury Academy.  The children had the chance to try lots of different activities and sports competing against other local schools.  They demonstrated superb sportsmanship and behaved beautifully – a credit to St Mary’s!

Bedford Blues playing the Newcastle Falcons at Bedford Rugby Stadium
A number of our older children attended the rugby match on Saturday 9th October.  
Sophie's Report:
In the first half bedford Blues scored 3 but then we had a break and the Bedford Blues got or became tired so the Newcastle Falcons scored 11 but then the Bedford Blues scored 3 more so that made the final score 6-11.  I felt disappointed because Bedford Blues lost and wet because it rained really hard.  I was excited when I got there because it was my first match.  I would like to play this sport.

Trey's Report:
We all went inside like ten minutes after we got there but before that we played a little game of Tag Rugby and then afterwards we met some players.
We had flags to shake.  I felt really excited and my voice went because we were all shouting 'come on Bedford'.  A big yes to playing this sport!

Sports Champions Spring

Ruby - Sylvie F
Garnet - Bobby S
Diamond - Eric J
Amethyst - Maya H
Emerald - Liah C
Coral - Lewis D
Crystal - William B
Jet - Charlotts J
Opal - William F
Moonstone - Milly H

Gymnastics Festival


St Mary’s has taken delivery of some fantastic yoga mats which has enabled the children to experience the benefits of yoga and mindfulness.  The children and teachers are enjoying the benefits of yoga as, as well as improving flexibility, it also helps to calm and focus the mind.

Sports taster days

We have been fortunate to have the opportunity to try two different sports in school recently.

A British Judo coach visited in February and each class benefited from a Judo workshop to try this Olympic sport.
The children all really enjoyed the sessions and had great fun!


We also had a visit from the Cricket East team to promote and encourage children to have a go at Cricket.
Again, every class had a chance to participate and it was another chance for the children to have fun while getting active!!

Kwik Cricket Festival
On Tuesday 14th May, we took part in a Kwick Cricket tournament at Henlow Park. We got the coach there and arrived at 10 o’clock. There were lots of teams taking part but we were in a group with Gothic Mede, Derwent, Campton and Raynsford. There were ten children in each squad and four girls and four boys had to play in the game at one time. You got 3 points for a win, 2 points for a draw and 1 for a loss. We got 6 points in total and came fourth in our group so unfortunately we did not go through to the semi finals. We had lots of fun and it was a very hot day. 
Written by Nieve M and Eve M - Year 4 Sports Leaders

Sports Champions Summer

We have chosen our Summer Term Sports Champions. One child has been chosen from each class based on their positive approach to PE and sports.  We are very proud of them.

Ruby - Jessica B
Garnet - Zachary C
Diamond – Mia P
Amethyst – Mason H
Emerald – Emily B
Coral – Kacey C
Jet – Trey C
Crystal – Eliana M
Opal – Eve M
Moonstone – Henry S

KS1 Multi-Skills Sports Festival - 17th June 2019

We went to Henlow School and we played some games and the first
game was a good activity. We had to throw a Frisbee to get into the
target. Then we went to our next activity. We had to go to the net
and throw a ball in a square on the ground.
We had lots of fun and
really enjoyed ourselves.

Written by:
Josie Baker and Evie Rainbow
Year 1