Hello and welcome to the PE information page! My name is Mrs Waddell and I have always enjoyed sports. I was very happy to be given the role as PE lead as I love all of the different sports available to everyone here at Southwick. I was a Durham County tennis player when I was a child-and I am very lucky to have a British and World fencing champion son! Now I love yoga and pilates and I see the importance of linking physical and mental health.

We are joined in school by many coaches. Mr Gary Sykes teaches a range of games and activities and Miss Jane Hughes teaches gymnastics and dance. The children in our school love PE and have great relationships with our coaches. Pre-COVID, the coaches ran a number of clubs (alongside the clubs ran by school staff). This year we will have a selection of clubs available including; gymnastics, football, netball and dance to name but a few. If you would like to join any of these clubs please see the Office staff to see if there are any places.

Our Year 6 children enjoying gymnastics with Miss Hughes.

Our nursery children enjoying games with Mrs Ainsley. The children sorted colours that were linked to different sea creatures. The balls had to be positioned into different apparatus to help improve motor skills.

Our PE curriculum is a spiral curriculum and builds upon learning in previous year groups. Our objectives are taken from the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum which is skills based. Our intention is to create a love of sport and other physical activities and to arm our children with the knowledge they will need about diet, mental health and well being so that they have a healthy and happy life, whilst at Southwick and beyond! Take a look at the Breadth of Study for PE below.

We are a very well resourced and inclusive school. We have a range of resources for all children so they can fully participate in all lessons. Feedback from our children is extremely positive and they enjoy their lessons. Children in Key Stage 2 also participate in swimming lessons at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre and we aim to ensure every child can swim at least 25m before they leave us. This is an incredibly important skill due to the location of the school, which is very close to our excellent beaches and the River Wear. We are very lucky to have two halls-one is a designated sports hall. We have an outdoor multi use games area (MUGA) and a huge school field complete with two football pitches and permanent goals.

We are part of the Monkwearmouth Academy Cluster Group and we take part in a range of activities with the other primaries in the area. We have taken part in many tournaments including tennis, skipping, football, dance, kwik cricket and tag rugby, but to name a few! These tournaments are open to year groups across the school and children of all abilities are encouraged to take part.

PE Kit

It is essential for your child to wear a PE kit, this does not mean you have to buy expensive items as we have ensured the kit is available at all major supermarkets to ease the burden of availability and cost. Children are to remove earrings at home before coming into school on PE days and no other jewelry should be worn for health and safety reasons. All long hair must be tied back and appropriate footwear must be worn (plimsolls or trainers).