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St Barnabas

& St Paul's Church of England Primary School

Physical Education

Physical Education forms a fundamental part of our curriculum at St Barnabas and St Paul’s both during lesson time and extra-curricular activities.


PE is taught from Reception right through to year 6 twice a week, teaching two different units per half term. We offer the children opportunities to experience dance, gymnastics, and a variety of games, athletics, outdoor and adventure and swimming. We are very fortunate that the children in key stage 2 get the chance to learn how to swim and how to stay safe in and around water. They visit Darwen Leisure Centre and have qualified swimming instructors guiding them in swimming and water safety. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity for the children but they love going!


Our school offers a range of before and after school clubs, run by staff and professional coaches that allow the children to experience sports for both fun and for competition. Clubs range from netball and football to dance and dodgeball.

Year 6 Swimming results 2018/19 cohort of 44 children:

  • 1 child is not yet swimming unaided.
  • 42 children achieved 5m of that 42,
  • 37 children achieved 10m
  • of those 37, 13 children achieved 25m. This is 29.55%
  • 42 children can perform a safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
  • 13 children, 25.55%,  can use a range of strokes effectively

School Games Silver Mark Award 

We are delighted to announce that we, St Barnabas and St Paul's CE Primary School, have achieved the School Games Silver Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.