PE and Sport
At St Mary’s we have a whole school focus on PE and sport and incorporate it into every aspect of the education we offer. We teach PE and sport based on personal, social and creative skills, alongside the traditional agility, balance, coordination and fitness.
Children learn skills in PE that are transferrable across the whole curriculum, encouraging their peers and emphasising personal best. We have active classrooms and playtimes and believe that physical activity shouldn’t stop after PE lessons are over.
We believe that every child should develop a positive, self-confident attitude towards physical activity and our children, no matter their physical or social ability, thrive on movement and the well-being it promotes.
We also cultivate a strong sports leadership among our Year 4 pupils who have an active role to play, both in pupil voice and on the playground.
Jasmine Real PE
All of our children have access to the Jasmine REAL PE platform we use in school. Within this platform they can access home learning content and activities that echo the key learning cogs we focus on within PE lessons
At St Mary’s we give pupils at least 6 weeks of coaching in an academic year both indoors and outdoors by Golf Kids professional Bryan Ross.
Our Partnership with Hexham Golf Club and Matfen Hall also provides a pathway for pupils to play the game in a safe environment with other juniors.
Here are six reasons why you should start playing now..
Golf offers all these benefits and more. It’s such an adaptable sport that it suits all players, whatever their age, fitness level or ability. So whether you want to keep healthy, burn calories or spend time with friends, golf is for you…
Friendship & Support
Chatting as you walk between holes, a glass of wine in the clubhouse afterwards and plenty of people keen to join you for a game – golf has to be the most social sport ever invented. With plenty of time for conversation and fun, golf is the perfect way to make new friends or grow closer bonds with people you already know. The sport’s unique handicap scoring system means that players of all levels can play together either socially or competitively.
Golf can help keep you active, burn calories, stay in shape, lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and research shows it may even help you live longer. You can walk around 4-5 miles in the average game of golf, burn at least 900 calories and will take more than 10,000 steps, you will easily achieve the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week recommended by the NHS to keep healthy.
Golf is also a great way to keep your Vitamin D levels topped up. Crucial for health and wellbeing, vitamin D is manufactured naturally by our body when skin is exposed to sunlight. Exercising outdoors is a scientifically-proven way to help improve your mood, stress levels and self-esteem. Rather than being a chore, golf is fun too – so you will find it easier to make exercise an enjoyable, lifelong habit. It’s a sport with a winning combination of fresh air, stunning natural scenery, friendship and fitness.
“It’s a great sport for women because it keeps you fit, you’re outdoors and you get to come to amazing places,” says the actress Denise van Outen
Keep your bones healthy
One in two women over the age of 50 will suffer a fracture due to weak bones. Playing golf can help build strong bones and help guard against the bone-wasting disease osteoporosis through its brisk walking and swinging action.
Golf can open the door to a great lifestyle giving you unique access to beautiful locations and golf clubs – many with restaurants and health clubs as well as the greens. There’s always fun and friendships available through the club and many have shops where you can pick up the latest golfing equipment and fashions.
Golf can be competitive and personal challenge: you can compete at club, county and national level. You can also play as part of a team or as a pair. Golf is a great alternative, or addition, to other sports such as hockey. With less wear and tear on your body than contact or high impact sports, it is a game you can play until you are much older.