Physical Education

At St Olave’s we believe that PE is a vital area of the curriculum and exercise should be part of a healthy lifestyle that begins from an early age.  Not only does sport promote fitness, but it also encourages children to cooperate with others as part of a team, increasing their self confidence and sense of well-being.

Our aim is to give the children the skills needed to participate in PE with enjoyment. We offer a wide range of sporting activities to suit all our children’s interest and needs:

  • Athletics

  • Basketball

  • Cricket

  • Dance

  • Football

  • Gymnastics

  • Health Related Fitness

  • Hockey

  • Multi-skills

  • Netball

  • Rounders

  • Seated Volleyball

  • Swimming

  • Table Tennis

  • Tag Rugby

  • Tennis

All of our pupils, from Nursery to Year 6 are taught by our fully qualified Sports’ Coach and pupils in Years 3 - 6 also have sessions with qualified Rugby, Football, Hockey, Cricket and Tennis coaches.

From Year 3 to Year 6 the children attend Footscray Rugby Club. The children attend the Eric Lidell Centre for swimming lessons, where they are taught by qualified instructors.

Every year all of our children from Nursery through to Year 6 take part in our Sports Day where they participate in a variety of races to earn points for their Houses. These are family occasions to which all of our parents are invited to attend.

Various sports activities are run as after school clubs, including Football, Rugby, Hockey, Dance, Golf and Table Tennis.  Sports' practice encourages teamwork, improves social skills leading to increased confidence and self-esteem. Gymnastics develops balance, poise and strength and team games and working in pairs also helps social interaction. Fixtures are arranged throughout the year to play both competitive and friendly matches with other local schools.

Swimming for children in Years 2 - 6

Children of all abilities are catered for within our swimming lessons, from the non-swimmer to the club swimmer. The lessons are structured and are split into groups as necessary. All groups are taught about safety within the pool environment and water confidence.

We teach the four main strokes, backstroke, breaststroke, front crawl and butterfly. Emphasis on teaching the correct stroke action and in building the child’s stamina and confidence is paramount. Children also have the opportunity to gain life saving skills.

Our aim is to develop an all round swimmer with confidence and good technique who can achieve while gaining an enjoyment of the sport. All children participate in our annual galas, which take place in the Autumn and Spring terms.

Swimming

Years 2 - 6

Children of all abilities are catered for within our swimming lessons, from the non-swimmer to the club swimmer. The lessons are structured and are split into groups as necessary. All groups are taught about safety within the pool environment and water confidence.

We teach the four main strokes, backstroke, breaststroke, front crawl and butterfly. Emphasis on teaching the correct stroke action and in building the child’s stamina and confidence is paramount. Children also have the opportunity to gain life saving skills.

Our aim is to develop an all round swimmer with confidence and good technique who can achieve while gaining an enjoyment of the sport. All children participate in our annual galas, which take place in the Autumn and Spring terms.