Swimming and PE

PE at Christ Church

At Christ Church we believe that Physical Education (PE) should inspire and challenge children to experience the joy of movement, to develop positive attitudes both individually and as part of a group, and enhance their quality of life by encouraging active living.

We believe that participation in sports and games not only benefits children’s physical development, it also encourages social interaction, teamwork, courage, perseverance and an appreciation that the rules of each sport are there to make games fair and keep players safe.

We offer all pupils a broad and balanced programme of PE which caters for their individual needs, offers equal access and opportunity, and enables them to participate fully.

In Key Stage 1 the emphasis is on:

  • mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching as well as developing balance, agility and coordination, and beginning to apply these in a range of activities
  • participating in team games, developing tactics for attacking and defending
  • performing dances using simple movement patterns

In Key Stage 2 the emphasis is on:

  • running, jumping throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • playing competitive games and applying basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • developing flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance
  • performing dances using a range of movement patterns
  • comparing their performances with previous ones and demonstrating improvement to achieve their personal best

PE kit

All children need a PE bag containing their PE kit: blue shorts, white or pale blue T-shirt, black daps/plimsolls. Each child will be expected to keep their PE bag on their peg at school during the week (though parents/carers may wish to take it home to wash at weekends).

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Swimming is a statutory entitlement for all Key Stage 2 children. It is part of the National Curriculum and is not an optional extra. It is an essential life-enriching, potentially life-saving, skill ... and it’s fun!

We are fortunate enough to have all-year-round access to the swimming pool at Frome Leisure Centre. Each of our three Key Stage 2 classes has one full term of Friday morning swimming.

Children will need a one-piece swimming costume (no bikinis or long shorts), swim-hat and towel in a suitable bag. Goggles and jewellery are not permitted. If a child needs an inhaler at any time during the day, this must be with them during each swimming session in a named bag.

We travel to and from the swimming pool by coach and, therefore, a voluntary contribution of £3.00 per week or £30.00 for the full term is requested to cover the cost of transport. We would ask all parents to send in weekly contributions, as the school cannot afford to subsidise the cost of weekly coach travel.

Term Autumn 2016 Spring 2017 Summer 2017
Class Topaz Emerald Sapphire
First swim: Friday 16th September 2016 Friday 13th January 2017 Friday 28th April 2017
Last swim: Friday 2nd December 2016 Friday 24th March 2017 Friday 14th July 2017

Sports Day

Weather permitting, each summer we have a traditional school sports day in which all children from all classes participate to earn points for their team house. Parents, carers and proud grandparents, uncles and aunties turn out in number to support the children and celebrate every child’s effort and achievement. This is one of the highlights of our school calendar.

“ In a race all the athletes run, but only one will win the gold medal. Remember: all athletes train hard and practise so they can achieve their goal. So, run your fastest and achieve your personal best. ”   
The Bible (1 Corinthians 9:24, paraphrased)

PE and School Sport Premium

In March 2013 the UK Government announced that all primary and first schools would be receiving a Sport Premium allocation. This funding is to be used for schools to provide, develop and deliver sustainable high quality teaching in school physical education and sport.

At Christ Church we aim to create a culture that encourages all children to be active and enjoy sport, and help foster the aspirations of future Olympians and Paralympians.

For further information on how we use this premium and what impact it has had so far please read our PE and School Sport Premium reports.

Inter-school competitive sports

As a school we compete in local tournaments and competitions in Frome and Mendip, and enter events organised by the Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP).

Our sporting roll of honour includes some notable successes:


Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership
Y3/Y4 Quad Kids Athletics 2016

Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership
Y3/Y4 Quad Kids Athletics 2016


Frome Learning Partnership
Y3/Y4 Football Tournament 2016


Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership
Y3/Y4 Tri-Golf 2015


Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership
Y3/Y4 Gymnastics 2016

Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership
Y3/Y4 Gymnastics 2016


Frome RUFC
Y3/Y4 Tag Rugby 2016


Frome Learning Partnership
Y3/Y4 Tennis Tournament 2016

Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership
Y3/Y4 Tennis Tournament 2015

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