Our PE curriculum currently encompasses a wide range of games and skills aimed at developing the movement skills of our pupils. We focus on developing the ABC’s of our pupils – Agility, Balance and Coordination – through different games and activities, delivering the physical skills needed for a healthy and active life. In 2014/15, our all of our staff are undertaking training in the Real PE scheme of work. Information about this scheme can be found at www.createdvelopment.co.uk/real-pe This scheme focusses on the key skills outlined in the new curriculum, as well as developing the whole child – socially, physically and emotionally.
The government have committed to £150million worth of funding for primary school PE each year until 2020 through their Sports Premium fund. This money is ring fenced for spending on developing physical education, healthy living and school sport.
It is the belief of the school that this money should provide a sustainable legacy, rather than a short term fix. It is being spent on improving the skills of all of our staff, improving our facilities and equipment, and embedding a culture of healthy eating and physical activity in our pupils, staff and parents. By linking with external agencies, such as the borough and county councils, the sports partnership and local clubs, we aim to affect long term change in our school, our pupils and our community.
A School Sports Crew (SSC) is a group of pupils who work together to improve quality of school sport and PE. They also work to promote school sport and the achievements of pupils by creating newsletters, taking photographs, supporting teams and managing notice boards. Each year pupils apply for a position on the SSC, and are voted into position by their peers.
More information on school sports crews can be found here http://www.northamptonshiresport.org/school-sports-organising-crews
The school is part of the Corby, Oundle and Thrapston School Sports Partnership, and we are fully engaged in their programme of school sport. In addition to attending many inter school competitions at local level, our gymnasts and netballers have qualified for the county championships in 2015/16. Perhaps more important that these achievements however, is the development of intra-school competition. Giving all of our pupils the opportunity to experience competition allows them to develop important social skills, experience winning and losing, and prepares them for larger scale opportunities.
Our school sports calendar can be found here http://www.northamptonshiresport.org/primary-competition-entry
Sport is provided for all, but participation in sport is not the end goal for our schools physical education programme. By providing a balanced curriculum, focussed on individual challenge and learning alongside personal and social skills, will provide a positive experience in PE, and ultimately make our pupils physically capable and active throughout their lives. Many will find and succeed in sport, but the objective of physical education is to develop movement patterns, coordination, cognition and locomotive skills.
In order to better engage less active pupils, interventions such as change 4 life sports clubs are employed at lunchtimes. These clubs provide a safe, engaging and challenging environment for less confident, able or engaged pupils to develop their physical and social skills away from their perceived pressures in PE or sports clubs.
Links with other healthy living initiatives, such as Premiership Rugby’s Something to Chew on and Peterborough United’s Healthy Kicking, provide inspiration for others who have an interest in sport but are less able to participate.
The Corby, Oundle and Thrapston School Sports Partnership is responsible for organising inter-school competition, teacher training and support.
COTSSP provides a comprehensive Sainsbury’s School Games calendar, featuring a wide range of sports for pupils of all ages and abilities. In also supports the training and development of young people, through school sports crews, young leaders and sports apprenticeships. Additionally, COTSSP provides a range of support to schools and teachers through CPD, teacher release, and their Enhanced Schools package. We as a school have bought into the Partnerships Enhanced Package, which provides us with a specialist member of staff for half a day a week. This member of staff supports PE coordinators in their role, as well as delivering curriculum mentoring for teachers and aiding the delivery of local and national initiatives. We believe that working in this way provides a sustainable legacy for the sports premium funding. It means that teachers will improve their practice and develop confidence in delivery of PE, rather than watching a coach deliver their lessons for them.
More information about the work of the partnership can be found here www.northamptonshiresport.org/cot-ssp
In addition to our PE and sports programme, we work with our partner organisations to provide additional activities for our children. This includes numeracy and PSHE support from AVIVA Premiership Rugby and Northampton Saints RFC, SEND projects from Goalball UK and Olympic cross curricular activities through the GET SET project. We also provide Bikeability for our pupils in Year 6.
Year 5 swim in the Autumn and Summer terms, with booster sessions for year 6 pupils who are yet to meet the statutory minimum requirement of 25metres unaided. We are fortunate to be able to run our swimming provision using the world class facilities at Corby East Midlands International Pool.