PE and Sport
Christmas Active Challenges
As you get into the festive spirit ready for 1st December tomorrow, why not try one of these active Christmas challenges? I particularly like the 31 days one and I'd love to see you all having a go! Even if as adults you may not be so keen - trust me - the children will love it!
Yoga is a fantastic way to improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, behaviour and can even reduce anxiety and stress - for both children and adults!
This is for those of you who relish a challenge and enjoy keeping fit and healthy on a regular basis!
On Wednesday 11th September 2019 the whole school took part in skipping workshops from Reception right through to Year 6. Each class had a 30 minute differentiated workshop delivered by a professional skipping coach who taught lots of different skipping styles and skills. For example, in Reception, the children learned different types of jumping and learned how to jump in time to the double dutch rope. In Year 3 they learned how to do an arm wrap and then carry on into forwards or backwards skipping. In Year 6, the children learning how to speed skip and had a go at skipping with their own skipping ropes within the double dutch movements! At the end of the day we had a show to celebrate and demonstrate all the skills each class had been learning throughout the day. It was a wonderful end to a busy day.
This opportunity enabled all children to become more confident with skipping and encouraged the inactive children to become more active. Children and parents were provided with the opportunity to purchase skipping ropes before and after the day so they could continue developing their skills. Following on from this workshop, children are encouraged to bring in a clearly named skipping rope to use in play times and lunchtimes so long as they are responsible with them. Over the course of the year, there will be follow up House Skipping events - so watch this space!
School Games Mark 2018-19
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games Silver Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year, improving on our Bronze Mark Award from last year.
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year. A special thanks to all of the staff, who continually promote PE and sport in our school, to the parents that support our events and finally to all of the children, who engage in our PE and sport opportunities.
There is a requirement for schools to publish key information about the swimming ability of Year 6 pupils. The table below shows this for the school year 2018-19
|Year 6 pupils that can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m.||22/28 = 79%|
|Year 6 pupils that can use a range of strokes effectively.||24/28 = 86%|
|Year 6 pupils that can perform a self-rescue in different water-based situations.||20/28 = 71%|
Active Travel is a fantastic way to increase the amount of physical activity pupils complete in a day. Active travel could include walking, cycling or scooting.
Active travel can increase the concentration of children and there is a positive relationship between physical activity and academic performance. Physical activity encourages healthy development and will help to maintain a healthy weight, improving muscular strength, endurance and flexibility.
Actively traveling builds exercise into the daily routine. 15 minutes of exercise can significantly improve a child’s mood and exercise can help to reduce anxiety and stress.
As a school, we want the children to be as active as possible and following the success of the ScootFit day, we are trying to promote active travel to school. If you choose to cycle or scoot, please wear a helmet and ride sensibly at all times. Sports Captains will be monitoring the numbers of pupils travelling to school in an active way and we are looking forward to trying to get more people moving more.
On Thursday 25th April, ‘ScootFit’ came to Puriton to deliver age-specific sessions in scooting. The sporting organisation used scooting to develop balance and coordination, whilst promoting physical activity and active travel to school. Every class had a 45 minute session delivered by a qualified coach, who taught them a range of skills, including mounting, dismounting ant turning. The activities that ScootFit put on enabled the children to develop and increase their confidence in scooting, whilst having fun and challenging themselves. Over the course of the Summer Term, we will be monitoring the numbers of pupils using scooting, as an active way to travel to school. If you do choose to scoot or cycle to school, please wear a helmet and use them safely at all times, especially when you're near other people and moving vehicles.
Step into Sport Days
We have used 'Step into Sport' days to promote new and exciting physical activity for all pupils. Last year, we pupils had whole days dedicated to sport and physical activity, including boxercise, disability sports, tennis, cricket, handball, dodgeball and tchoukball (not a spelling mistake). The children enjoy the chance to try new activities and learn new skills and they create a real buzz around the school.
We use house sport competitions to engage all of our pupils in physical activity. We run cross country regularly across the school year and find it is a great way to engage the whole school in physical activity.
Our Sports Captains have been selected to complete a number of tasks throughout the school year to support and promote physical activity in school. They will:
- Help run our 'Health and Fitness Week'
- Promote physical activity for all pupils
- Write reports for fixtures and events
- Analyse data from a pupil questionnaire about PE and sport in our school
- Create an engaging PE display that showcases PE/Sport
For PE lessons, children will need:
- White round-neck T-shirt (not polo shirts)
- Black Shorts
- In Autumn/Winter, children may prefer to wear plain black, grey or burgundy tracksuit bottoms or plain black leggings instead of shorts
- Black daps or plain black or white trainers (please note these must be Velcro, if they can’t tie their laces and no ‘high top’ trainers allowed)
- A separate plain black, grey or burgundy round-neck jumper (no zips or hoods)
During PE lessons, children are not allowed to wear jewellery of any kind, including earrings so please ensure these can be removed or are taped over. Long hair must be tied up.
All clothing items should be clearly named to avoid loss or confusion with other children.
The ‘’BIKEABILITY’ course has been designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads. It will introduce them to cycling as an everyday activity and as an alternative mode of transport, which brings a healthier lifestyle. We consider cycle training to be an important life skill and we encourage all Year 6 pupils to enrol on the course. The course consists of several sessions, including work in the classroom, practical manoeuvres conducted on the playground, followed by on road manoeuvres. Being safe on the road underpins all of the activities that take place. The course dates for our Year 6s this year are as follows:
Thursday 11th and Thursday 18th October
Wednesday 28th November and Tuesday 11th December
There is a requirement for schools to publish key information about the swimming ability of Year 6 pupils. The table below shows this for the school year 2017-18.
|Year 6 pupils that can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25m.||19/25 = 76%|
|Year 6 pupils that can use a range of strokes effectively.||17/25 = 68%|
|Year 6 pupils that can perform a self-rescue in different water-based situations.||24/25 = 96%|
CPD for Staff
Teaching staff have been able to enhance their confidence and ability in teaching PE through our CPD programme with R & W Coaching. Each class teacher works closely with high-quality coaches across two terms in a school year. During these blocks, teachers are able to observe high-quality teaching of PE, before planning effective sessions themselves, which are then taught alongside the coach. After teaching alongside the coach, the class teacher will lead the sessions independently, whilst being observed.
We have an extensive range of extra-curricular clubs at Puriton, which are delivered by teaching staff, teaching assistants and R & W Coaching. The clubs on offer change throughout the school year but include: football, rugby, netball, gymnastics, tennis, basketball, dodgeball, archery, tri-golf, athletics, rounders, cricket, cross-country and cycling.
We provide a number of opportunities for children to represent the school, particularly in years 4-6, where there are numerous competitions and festivals available.
Sport Outside of School
We are developing links with the community and are providing pathways for children to further develop their growing sporting talents, during out of school hours.