PE and Sport
The school’s small class sizes have not deterred pupils from consistently achieving excellent results in county competitions, acknowledged by receiving the School
Games Gold Award for the fourth year in a row. (Ofsted Report, May 2017)
The school is very proud of its reputation for delivering high quality P.E and sport. Each child participates in over 2 hours of P.E a week, and this is delivered by a P.E specialist and two experienced teaching assistants. The P.E specialist is also an associate consultant for the Bedford Borough Sports Partnership and a PE Specialist Leader of Education for the Pilgrim Teaching School.
The school is determined to help children reach the physical activity guidelines of 1 hour or more of moderate to vigorous activity a day. It does this through PE lessons, active play times, extra curricular clubs, Golden Mile Run sessions, coming to school in PE kit and developing the children as physical activity champions. We also promote activity at home through a physical activity reward system and a healthy selfie display. In 2016, we had a traversing wall installed for children to use before school, after school, during play times and lessons.
The curriculum is very broad so that children can take part in a variety of sporting activities. These include gymnastics, dance, tag rugby, invasion games, striking and fielding games, tennis and golf . In year 5 and 6 children will also get to have a go at new experiences including, lacrosse, quick sticks hockey, ultimate frisbee and Boxercise.
The school is also leading the way by delivering multi skills lessons to all pupils. These lessons ensure the children develop the core skills of balance, agility and co-ordination that they will need to participate in any sport. The school has developed schemes that are used in many schools across the Borough and beyond.
In key stage two, the children also go off site to develop their swimming ability at Robinson Pool. They also have the opportunity to train as young leaders(Play Pals) and deliver games to the younger children at lunchtimes. They can also be part of the School Games Committee. These children help to organise in school competitions and champion physical activity in the school.
The school provides PE lessons for all of the early years children. They take part in multi skills, gymnastics and dance. They also have access to a wide range of equipment in their outdoor area. This is easily accessed and children can freely choose many different physical activities. The school has also purchased new equipment to help develop social skills and the physical skills of balance and co-ordination. This can be seen in the pictures below. The school also has two teachers who are trained to deliver Balanceability. These are bike riding sessions on balance bikes and pedal bikes with the aim of getting all children to ride a bike by year 1. The school has all the equipment to deliver these sessions.
In key stage two, the children have residential visits. In year 4, they go to Kingswood for a three night stay. In year 6, we plan to organise a four night residential. During these trips, the children get to experience many activities including climbing, zip lines, boating, archery and problem solving.
The school provides many enrichment activities in the form of after school clubs. This means many of our children achieve 5 hours or more of structured activity a week. The following clubs run throughout the year:
Sports club: A free club for children in years 2 to 4. Children experience a range of sports including: Lacrosse, table tennis, dodgeball, badminton, cricket, tag rugby etc
Musical Theatre club: This is run by an experienced Stagecoach and dance specialist and is paid for by parents (Open to all children)
Football club: This club is run by R and D Coaching and is paid for by parents (Open to all children)
Table Tennis Club: This club is run by R and D Coaching and is paid for by parents (Open to all children)
Gifted and talented gym club: A free club for selected children in years 1 to 4.
Tag rugby Club: This club is run by Pacesetter Sport and is paid for by parents (Open to all children)
The school has an annual Sports Day for all children. We also have an annual School Games Day. This year, we based it on Great Britain and children took part in Tag rugby, cricket, country dance and bake off activities. The children also go off site to take part in many festivals and competitions throughout the year.
Each year, the school performs gymnastics and dance routines at the village fete. The whole community comes out to watch our performances.
Our year 4 children are given the opportunity to earn the Bikeability Level 1 qualification. This teaches them bike maintenance and bike control. They can then progress on to level 2 at year 6. This builds on the Balanceability work in reception and year 1. The school has a trained Bikeability tutor.
The school ensures its children look smart in school and when they attend school competitions. P.E kit is black shorts, black crested sports t shirt, black tracksuit bottoms, school P.E jacket and trainers. The older children may wear black base layers under their P.E kit and will also need shin pads and gum shields.
The school also has a facebook page dedicated to P.E and sport. If you are a parent, search for us on facebook and send a friend request.
Click below for the latest action plan for how P.E and sport will be developed further and how the school is using it's Sports Premium money