Coordinators - Mrs Franklin & Mr Ellis
Road to Qatar 2022!
PE at Great Sankey Primary School
Following on from the success of our national teams during the EUROS football tournament and at the Tokyo Olympics, we are pleased to announce that Great Sankey’s mission to increase children’s positive attitude towards PE and sport, have the opportunity to experience many different ways to keep active and achieve the government target of children exercising 30 minutes each day, has been achieved during 2020-21, despite us being in the middle of a COVID pandemic! PE funding from the Government last year has also enabled us to train our teachers to improve the range of PE we can offer across the curriculum through Progressive Sports CPD and they also assisted us in ensuring all children were kept active even during lockdown at home. We had to get creative, creating ZOOM PE lessons, online exercise programmes and even a book hunt around Warrington as part of World Book Day kept our children active. We are very proud of the fact that despite COVID, the physical activity of our children remained high on our agenda.
PE and Sports achievements 2020-2021
Improving our Curriculum
In line with our whole school new curriculum vision for 2021-2022, the PE team want to continue to develop the provision of PE and sporting opportunities for our children. Although we have really upskilled our team in the delivery of teaching fundamental and sport specific skills, one area that we feel we still need to improve is our gymnatics provision. We also wanted to maintain the momentum of children running their daily mile, being active at playtime and ensure we provide even more opportunities for children to be active throughout the school day as well as after school and enrich these experiences with new sports.
The final area that we intend to improve is the choices children make regarding their school snacks. We intend to achieve the ‘Tasty Tuck Gold Award’ by the end of the year and it is a project that the school council will be undertaking.
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The key actions that we intend to implement throughout this academic year to help us achieve growth, mindfulness and community links are outlined below:
To improve the quality of gymnastics provision and introduce Quidditch!
All staff will receive CPD training in a new programme called Real Gym, purposefully designed for primary school children. The whole school will then roll out this programme across the key stages. We already follow Real PE for our fundamental movement skills so this will link perfectly with Real Gym. Once this programme has been rolled out it is our hope to then be able to enter a team in the local schools’ gymnastic competition which we have never done before. We may also have the opportunity to have some CPD in the newly recognised sport of Quidditch. Following our taster day in June, we are now trying to see how we go about training the teachers and purchasing the relevant equipment.
To maintain the momentum of the Daily Mile and other mindfulness activities
All children will be given the opportunity to run the daily mile as well as other mindfulness activities to break up the afternoon sessions. These include Born to Move, Cosmic Yoga and Meditation.
To launch our new swimming programme
Due to COVID lots of our children missed out on the opportunity to learn to swim so we have subscribed to a new catch up scheme for our Year 4 & 5 children to attend Great Sankey Hub each Friday. It is our intention that we can get all our Year 5 children through the 25m swim and water safety skills by Christmas and then do the same with Year 4 in the summer term.
This term we have arranged for all children to experience wheelchair basketball which will really help with mindfulness and considering what it is like for disabled children to participate in sport. It is also the Rugby World Cup in October and Warrington are a host town so we have been working closely with their education team to provide opportunities for our children to participate in rugby themed activities. We were one of the winning schools to produce a video about what is great about Warrington. Throughout the year we will also have other enriching opportunities that we can reinstate now the COVID restrictions have relaxed. All our KS2 children will attend an experience day which allows them to try a variety of new sports and WASPP are hoping to run their ‘Road to Qatar 2022’ festival of competitive sports next summer.
Progressive Sport will also deliver a multisport competition for KS1 as well deliver a scheme funded by the FA to target the ‘Beginner’ girl, which looks at engaging the less confident girls in sport from ages 6-8 years. This is a 5 week course which looks at storytelling through active play. The children receive a passport with some home learning activities, which aims to involve the whole family too. This scheme is going to be aimed at children in Years 2 and 3.
This is in addition to all our enrichment clubs that we run throughout the year which include football, netball, hockey, rugby, dance, rounders, multiskills, active kids and cross country club.
Tasty Tuck Award
Each class will initially do a survey to collect statistics on the current choices of snack that children make across the school. Once this data has been collated, we will then initiate some small changes by offering a ‘swap shop’ on a Friday, where children can swop their snack for a healthy alternative. They will receive recognition for making a healthy change and also be helping the community as all the snacks that are exchanged will be donated to the foodbank.
After Christmas it is our intention that children will no longer be able to bring in unhealthy snacks, chocolate, crisps and sweets will no longer be permitted. A suggested list of healthy alternatives will be issued to parents.
Our vision is that by the end of this academic year we will have children who are all attaining their 30 minutes a day of exercise within the school day as well as 30 minutes outside school. We will have children who have experienced new sports and activities and running the daily mile has become a normal part of the school day. We will also have a high level of gymnastics being delivered within school and possibly have introduced the new sport of Quidditch. We will also have staff who are now more confident and skilled to deliver all areas of PE to a very high standard.
We are also confident that we can start to establish stronger links within our community and through lots of the initiatives we are participating in, we are developing the children’s mindfulness towards others and creating a better understanding of how everyone can benefit and enjoy PE and sporting activities. We are excited to form our first link with Great Sankey Hub with the launch of our new swimming programme and also our Born to Move initiative.
Finally, we would like to see a shift regarding the snacks that our children are choosing to eat and a greater understanding of how this affects their health. If we can get to this stage then we are confident that Great Sankey Primary School will be an inspirational and aspirational school for what a healthy, active school should look like.
Enhancement - Inspiration and Motivation
Alongside all the hard work going on within school, we have also invested in bringing in inspirational athletes to work alongside the children in order to inspire more children to participate in sport.
We have also tried to take into account the views of our children through our sports council, where a child from each class is nominated to represent their classmates and bring us ideas about how we could further improve PE.Through a calendar of termly meetings, previous sports councilors have been responsible for making suggestions for our new trim trail, choosing new equipment and also suggesting new clubs which we always endeavor to run throughout the academic year.
We will endeavor to keep you abreast off all the latest developments in PE at Great Sankey and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
The PE Team