Physical Education develops children’s knowledge, skills and understanding so that they can perform with increasing confidence in a range of physical activities. All pupils at De Lacy School engage in two hours of quality physical education each week, in addition to sports and exercise activities that are provided at playtimes, lunchtimes and as part of the extra-curricular clubs. These include gymnastics, dance, swimming, athletics and invasion games.
The children also have the opportunity to take part in half termly intra-form sports competitions and a whole school sports week. At De Lacy we have a high number of children which are More Able & Talented (MAT) in Physical Education in a least one sport. Not only are these children challenged in lessons, they are also able to compete against other schools in a variety of sports. A football league is set up every year and the children play weekly football matches against other schools. Alongside this the school regularly enter tournaments within the Five-Towns area and play friendly rugby and cricket matches against other schools. The children are able to compete at a high standard in a range of sports and in recent times they have represented the Wakefield Local Authority in football, gymnastics and Boccia.
Physical Education helps children understand how their bodies can move in a competitive environment. It involves thinking, selecting and applying skills and also promotes a positive attitude towards having a healthy lifestyle. Here at De Lacy, we use a variety of different learning styles in PE. Our main aim is to develop children’s skills, knowledge and understanding. We do this through individual and group activities every lesson. Teachers praise individual performances and use them as models for all children as well as encourage those who find physical activities less appealing. The children also have the opportunity to take part in less strenuous activities such as archery, Boccia and orienteering. We promote sportsmanship and being able to evaluate not only their own performance but also their fellow peers.