We strongly believe that Physical education (PE) is part of every child’s entitlement to a good education. It is unique in that it is taught through physical activity in weekly practical lessons both indoors and outdoors, in a wide range of physical, creative and aesthetic settings. It provides pupils with the generic skills, knowledge and understanding they need to become physically literate, and at the same time gives most of them their first regular experiences of sport. When taught well, physical education enthuses and inspires pupils to participate fully and develop a life-long love of physical activity, sport and exercise.
- Place physical activity and well-being at the heart of the schools vision statement.
- Improve teaching resources so teachers can offer a more productive, inclusive and broader PE curriculum.
- Provide a greater range of opportunities for pupils to compete in inter and intra school competitions.
- Provide a greater range of sporting after school clubs.
- Increase the profile of the school’s sporting activities and achievements
- Specialist coaches will be brought in for gymnastics, dance and other areas of the curriculum which will be identified in consultation with parents, teachers and pupils to meet the needs of our new, improved PE curriculum.
- Resources will be purchased to help implement the new areas of the PE curriculum.
- A specific area on the school’s website dedicated to pupil led reports about the schools sporting activities.
- A review of the school’s vision statement to include reference to physical well-being.
- To consult with pupils, parents and staff regarding their opinion on the direction Physical Education at Gotherington should take.
- Intra school (House) competitions will be introduced across the school to increase exposure to competitive sport. Inter school opportunities will be more closely monitored.
- Physical activity and well-being are at the heart of the school’s vision.
- Planned investment leads to sustained improvements to the teaching of PE across the school.
- The development and implementation of a varied, stimulating, inclusive and highly effective PE curriculum which responds to the wishes of all interested parties.
- The school is well resourced to provide physical education for all pupils.
- The pupils’ exposure to competitive sport is greatly increased.
- Everyone who is involved with the school is well informed as to the sporting progress made by the pupils.
The school curriculum
Our school is part of the Cheltenham & North Tewkesbury School Sport Network (CSSN). This is a not for profit organisation committed to improving the level of PE and School Sport in Primary, Secondary, and Special Schools within the area. Their objective is to create a sustainable and coherent infrastructure that nurtures the implementation of high quality provision within the network's schools, having a positive impact on the lives of the young people within the network. The Network works within the School Games structure delivering high quality competitive sporting opportunities for pupils, as well as furthering leadership opportunities for young people, and offering expert support and training for primary schools.
To date we have employed the services of professional coaches in Rugby, Tennis, Football, Dance and Tri-Golf. Where possible, children have access to two hours of PE each week, with a good balance of games, gymnastics, swimming, dance and athletic activities. We are also able to offer a wide range of after-school clubs and inter-school competitions. Levels of personal fitness are high across the school and the vast majority of pupils are able to swim 25 metres before they leave.
We are also very fortunate to be able to play competitive sport in a wide range of activities ranging from cross-country to tag-rugby. At present we have both boys and girls Football Teams, a Cross-Country Team, a Swimming Team, Athletics Team, Rounders Team, Tag-Rugby Teams, Cricket Team, Hockey Team and a Netball Team.
Please find attached PE & Sport Development Plans for 2013-14, 2014-15 & 2015-16. Historical Action Plans also contain information regarding the impact of the school's actions on PE & Sport.
School Games Mark 'Gold' Award (September 2015)
The Sainsbury's School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark. We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the gold mark. This is a really positive way to recognise the developments that have been made in all areas (last year we were awarded 'silver') of sport and PE and to celebrate the successes that we had last year. The impact of our actions can be seen in the review documentaion below and we are looking forward to developing more exciting opportunities for every pupil over the forthcoming year.
Children from Year 5 and 6 took part in an indoor athletics competition. They entered events including obstacle relays, soft javelin and triple jump. The children did a fantastic job and we came 5th overall.
The whole school participated in a house cross country competition on our school field. The children all tried their best, house captains led their teams well and all the children showed great enthusiasm for the event. It was a great success!
Children from Year 3 - Year 6 took part in a cross country event at Grangefield Primary School. Our school came second overall and all of the children showed great sportsmanship.
Children across the school took part in a dance workshop that was adapted for every class and their topic.