Sport at St Chad’s
At St Chad’s, we believe that all children should have the opportunity to access high quality PE and Sport so that they can develop key skills in a broad range of physical activities and lead healthy, active lives. Every child takes part in a minimum of 2 hours physical education each week; we aim to inspire every child to enjoy physical activity.
Through the introduction of the new curriculum, our sports provision enables children to become physically more confident in a way that supports their health and fitness. In Key Stage One, children develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
Pupils are taught to:
- Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
- Participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.
- Perform dances using simple movement patterns.
In Key Stage Two, pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They communicate, collaborate and compete with each other, whilst developing an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports, and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils are taught to:
- Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
- Play competitive games and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
- Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.
- Perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
- Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
- Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
- Pupils are taught to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in water.
In addition to high quality P.E. lessons, the children can participate in a range of inter and intra school competitions using our sports facilities. We believe that by providing opportunities for children to compete in sport, key values, such as fairness and respect, will be embedded. We work with local primary, secondary schools and local teams in the community to organise ways in which the children can compete against other individuals and teams to enjoy the thrill of competition and apply and develop their sporting skills.
We have recently taken part in: Tag Rugby tournaments; Area Sports Athletics Competition; Multi Skills; Football tournaments; Cross Country Competitions; Gymnastics and Fencing.
At St Chad’s, we also hold regular intra sporting competitions, the latest of which enabled the children to develop their Scatterball and Kick Rounders skills. Children develop leadership skills by working towards the ‘St Chad’s Sporting Leadership Award’, which enables them to work with children across the school in developing sporting opportunities for all, whilst considering Health and Safety in their delivery. The children are also able to give peer feedback about their success and areas of improvements. We also use technology, such as ipads and cameras, for the children to self-assess and develop their skills using the computing technologies we have in school.
Encouraging children to lead healthy and active lives is important to us. There are plenty of cycle and scooter racks at St Chad’s and our Year 5 and 6 children benefit greatly from their Cycling Proficiency lessons, enabling them to be safe in the local community. They are also able to demonstrate an understanding of the clear rules on the roads. Sporting achievements are celebrated in our Friday I.C.A. (I can achieve) assembly.
Children have the opportunity to participate in a wider range of after school activities, such as Rugby, Gymnastics, Dodgeball, Multi Skills, Cricket, Football and Athletics, which often lead to competitions. These are provided by staff and external sports coaching companies. We also provide the children with a Wake and Shake session in the mornings, where the children are encouraged to take part in 10 minutes of physical activity before the start of the day ensuring they are ready to demonstrate their love of learning.
Finally, at St Chad’s, sport is our passion and something the children love to participate in. Due to their superb enthusiasm, we have maintained School Games Mark Gold Award for three years and the children really enjoy taking part in all of the activities in the community that enable us to achieve this.