Whickham Parochial School has a differentiated scheme for Physical Education, which covers Dance, Gymnastics, Swimming, Athletics and Outdoor Activities.
We aim to encourage a healthy lifestyle choice for all pupils, teaching physical activity, strength, flexibility, and appropriate use of the body and a high standard of personal hygiene.
We wish pupils to develop a positive attitude towards their fellow players, by encouraging fair competition, acceptance of failure as well as success and an appreciation of their environment.
In addition, it is our aim always to keep pupils safe and well, by encouraging quick responses, appreciation of rules and safety measures, appropriate modes of dress and footwear and a sensible attitude to the lifting and carrying of P.E. equipment. The importance of warming up and cooling down before and after exercise shall always be emphasised.
Professional coaches, including parents, run an after school club in Gymnastics. Irish Dancing is also taught by a specialist dance teacher. For younger children Little Kickers football coaching takes place after school and for older children Newcastle Community Football run after school sessions. Tennis coaching is also available with coaches from Blaydon Tennis Club providing two sessions per week.
The teaching staff coach, Football, Cricket, Short-tennis and Swimming squads. These compete in school, inter school Leagues and tournaments.
Karate is taught by professional coaches in pre-school sessions on Thursday and Friday mornings.
P.E. and Coaching Qualifications held by Staff
Mr P Armstrong / Mrs R Walton / Mrs R Jackson / Mrs C Saint
Top Play/Top Sport trained
Mr T Belton / Mrs H Dillon / Mrs J Latham / Mrs L Williamson / Mrs C Stephenson
DfEE P.E. Qualification
During their time at Whickham Parochial School children will participate in most of the following:- Basketball, Football, Cricket, Short-tennis, Rounders, Fencing, Skipping, Hockey, Rugby and Outdoor Adventurous Activities.
Time allocated to individual and Team sports in the Formal Curriculum and beyond: 2 hours
Large Hall with wooden floor. A soccer pitch, marked in summer for athletics, cricket and rounders. Hard play area containing one basketball court. Use of Blaydon Leisure Centre for swimming lessons.
Links with Local Sports Clubs
There are very close links with Whickham School, which is a specialist School for P.E.
We also have a link with Blaydon Tennis Club who coach children across all year groups.