At St Margaret’s we aim to inspire all children to succeed and excel in a broad range of physical activities. We strive to support children to understand that PE and sport are an important part of a healthy, active lifestyle and to ensure they are physically active for sixty minutes a day. All activities are planned with a skilled-based approach ensuring pupils take part in PE and sport, including competitive sport and embed values such as leadership, fairness and respect.
At St Margaret’s we pride ourselves in engaging all pupils and work closely with our Rainbow Centre to ensure we cater for the needs of all of our pupils.
Numerous opportunities are provided for children to take part in a range of competitive, creative and challenge-type activities, both as individuals and as part of a team or group, in this school, and in a wide range of inter school competitions. Pupils participate in Festivals and experience sessions held at different senior schools and club venues throughout the town.
We aim to embed core values such as fairness and respect and a love of PE and sport, which they will maintain throughout their lives.
The PE curriculum is planned covering the skills and knowledge/content themes from the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2 and the EYFS for the Foundation Stage.
In the Early Years, PE is taught through dance, gymnastics and multi-skills. In Key Stage 1, children build on these skills and develop and apply to small sided games. In Key Stage 2 the core skills are developed and applied in games, gymnastics and dance.
Water confidence sessions are held in Year 2, competence in swimming is covered in Year 4 and Catch-up swimming sessions are held in Year 6.
There is a real sense of love for PE and sport throughout the school from pupils and staff alike. There are a wide range of activities on offer for the children to experience with an opportunity to engage in new activities and develop their skills further.
Proof of how much our children enjoy PE and sport is reflected in their comments through Pupil Voice sessions.
The PE curriculum is continually updated and developed to ensure it meets the new National Curriculum with extra opportunities for competitive sport.
Children take part in a wide range of tournaments/festivals throughout the year with visiting sports coaches working alongside pupils and staff.
The School Sports Premium has provided opportunities for PE and sport to be enhanced and developed giving opportunities for all to experience high quality PE and sport. The funding has also enabled us to provide high quality facilities for physical activity during playtimes and lunch times with the installation of basketball posts, football/netball posts, outdoor gym facilities and a mile running track.
As a school we hold fully inclusive Sports Days, which are jointly led by staff and Year 5/6 pupils.
We spot light different whole school events eg British Heart Foundation to improve fitness and with a visiting athlete who taught us about the challenges of being a Paralympic athlete.
By the end of KS2 children have built their skills in teamwork, paired work and individual performance at St Margaret’s. They have experienced and participated in a wide range of sports and activities and the opportunity to attend a vast range of extracurricular clubs and represent the school in a variety of festivals and competitions. We openly promote local clubs and sports organisations through the School weekly newsletter and website.
Our approach to swimming allows pupils to engage at their level and we encourage families to swim with their children regularly.
Year 5/6 Pupils attend Sports Crew training and the impact is seen on the playground during our Change 4 Life club and activities they support.
Throughout our school, all pupils participate in Physical Education lessons, break time activities, festivals, competitions and after school clubs.
For further evidence see:
- pupil voice;
- Data collected linked to participation in after school clubs and in sporting events;
- Whole school data linked to our fitness challenge;
- See PE portfolio;
- PE display and sports board;
- Sports Crew meeting minutes.