PE and Sport at the Dukes.
Our vision for PE and Sport:
Through PE and Sport we want to inspire the children to participate in and enjoy physical activity and to recognise the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle.
We are very proud of the many sporting opportunities that we provide for all the children at the Duke of Norfolk School so I thought you would like to see just what the children do in PE lessons, in after-school clubs, in local competitions and during other events relating to sport.
As part of the government drive to encourage children to be more active every school is granted money through the Sport Premium Scheme. As a large primary school we get £8000 + £5 per child. From this money we pay for two half days when the Tameside coaches work alongside teachers to enhance staff expertise, we buy new equipment, we pay into a High Peak School and Sport Partnership and the Glossop schools cluster scheme which both offer staff training, competitions, Bikeability for the children, extra coaching sessions, activity days and use of facilities off site. All these elements go towards enhancing the quality of PE in our school and help the children to see the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Being able to enter competitions and attend sporting events in other schools and venues is important for the children as they represent their school whilst at the same time experiencing new sporting challenges. The government has said that this contribution will be doubled from September 2017 which is really exciting!
The children have two P.E lessons a week and these are taught either by the class teacher or by a qualified coach. The class teachers teach gymnastics, dance and a range of games skills and activities and the Tameside Coaches teach a range of skills and sports which are appropriately matched to the children’s ages. For example; the reception and Year 1 children have been having multi-skills and games sessions where they have learnt some important skills as well as having lots of fun and the Year 5 and 6 children have been taught how to play sports like hockey, volleyball and basketball. During some of these sessions a dance coach takes the lessons and all the children really enjoy taking part in a different form of physical activity. We also have coaches from local clubs coming into school to introduce the children to an even wider range of sports.
We try to cater for the majority of children with our range of after-school clubs which are run by our Tameside coach, Mr James.
Mr James’s clubs run throughout the year and he does a different sport for a different age-range each half term.
PAS also do a weekly session and we have a gymnastics coach who runs a club for Key Stage 2.
We are planning to forge even more links with local sporting clubs so that we can offer a wider range of after school clubs.
We enter a wide range of competitions throughout the year and these can include:
Boys’ and girls’ football league matches at the astro-turf at Glossopdale.
Netball, cricket, rounders and tag rugby tournaments.
Gymnastics competitions at the leisure centre for year 3/4 and Year 5/6 children.
2 swimming galas – one for competent swimmers and one called ‘Aqua Splash’ which is for the less confident.
We usually do very well in these competitions and try to give as many children as possible the opportunity to take part and represent their school.
We attend many activities which are run by the local secondary school, for example; Key Stage 1 multi-sports days, a Summer Sports Festival for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 dance days which are all held at Glossopdale. In order to access these opportunities we pay into a Glossop schools cluster fund which covers the cost of staff, facilities and equipment used on those days.
Each term a different class goes to the leisure centre for gymnastics sessions where they are taught by qualified coaches and have full use of all the equipment.
A different class also attends swimming lessons at Glossop pool each term.
We also have inter-house competitions when the children take part in a range of sports; including rounders, team games and football, and they can earn extra points for their houses and we also have a great sports day in which all the children take part.
Additionally our older children are given the opportunity to pursue Outdoor and Adventurous activities during the annual residential visit to Robin Wood and in the summer term they undertake ‘Bikeability’ training which equips the children with the skills needed to ride their bikes safely.
All the children in school take part in termly Forest School sessions which are classed as Outdoor and Adventurous activities.
Finally we always enter a team of up to 90 children in the annual Glossop Jog on a Sunday morning in October and our children raise amazing amounts of money for the designated charities whilst keeping fit and having fun!
I am sure you will agree that we are providing many opportunities for all our children to take part in a wide range of sporting activities as we strive to show them the importance of keeping healthy and active.
Many thanks, Mrs Rothwell (PLT/P.E Co-ordinator)