To enable the children at North Rigton Church of England Primary School to Grow, Blossom and Flourish we feel there is a necessity to foster a healthy, an active and a physically fit – lifestyle approach. We aim for all sporting activities to be fully inclusive and for the children to really enjoy taking part in them; throughout the school day in the classroom as part of the curriculum; at playtime, at clubs during lunchtime and after school; during PE lessons and at sporting competitions and festivals.
Our PE curriculum
A wide range of PE is delivered over a 2 year rolling programme. We aim for this programme to be fully inclusive and the expectation is that all children will participate although some differentiation may take place to fulfil individual needs. As with all areas of the curriculum we apply a growth mind set, using our school values and measuring the impact of learning through growing to blossoming and flourishing.
Our main aim is to raise participation levels and the profile of sport within the school and engage more of those children who are not instinctively drawn to sports. With the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, this means that events have to be catered for in a new way; encouraging remote challenges and competitions.
We also aim to develop those children who are already involved in the sporting life of the school to a higher standard and to allow them to compete at higher levels. This is achieved through entering teams in cluster and district competitions. Our children all swim for 10 weeks per school year during key stage 2 and we now offer challenge in swimming through learning to play water polo and learning to snorkel. Should government guidance allow, we will look to reinstate this during the academic year 2020-2021.
A wide range of PE is delivered to the pupils, which aims to engage and inspire all pupils to grow, blossom and flourish. Sports taught are wide and varied, both during the school day and as extra-curricular clubs and on residential trips.
For the past 5 years, funds have been used to employ a Specialist PE teacher (Mr R) and this expertise is used across the school to teach pupils from EYFS – Year 6 in PE activities ranging from orienteering to tag rugby or multi skills and at the same time for staff to benefit from CPD within these areas, in order to update and improve skills.
We also have Jo McIntosh, a PE specialist from a secondary school, who comes into school to deliver high quality PE and Sport interventions. From competition preparation groups in KS1 and KS2, to coordination workshops and flourishing groups across the school for our most able children, all children have the chance to engage in and benefit from high quality teaching and learning in PE.
In every aspect of school life, we aim for pupils to grow, blossom and flourish, this is part of the schools culture for all pupils. Not unlike every other school, there is considerable pressure to maintain standards and a good to outstanding status, but the school’s leadership recognises that one of its key contributing tools for success has been the importance placed on sport, including competitive sport. Through sport, the children further develop the school values of respect, koinonia, resilience, perseverance, compassion and kindness. This then impacts on learning back in the classroom.
From an early age, competitive sport is nurtured and encouraged, with KS1 pupils preparing for and entering local competitions in athletics, football, and gymnastics. In KS2, the school’s aim is for every child to take part in at least one sports festival. Skills are taught through P.E. lessons and through a sports provision offered after school and during lunchtime. The school is keen to provide extra-curricular clubs for pupils in a variety of different sports (this will be conducted within ‘bubbles’).
In Year 5 & 6 we deliver a Sports Leadership programme which is run by the HSSP (Harrogate Schools Sports Partnership). This pupil based team of ‘Sports Advocates’ take responsibility for running lunchtime clubs, organising level 1 intra-house competition and auditing, monitoring and reporting on schools competition. This is an engaging project for these pupils at the top end of the school and allows them to explore the organisational aspects of leadership. As part of this, our Sports Advocates lead events such as ‘Better Yourself Week’; allowing all children across the school to develop confidence and strength through personal challenge. This includes things like ‘how many skips can you complete in 30 seconds?’ Pupils are encouraged to up-skill throughout the week and then assess how they have progressed after following training led by our Sports Advocates or teachers. We are hoping that this will continue to run remotely this year.
How are the improvements we have made in 2019/2020 sustainable?
Please note school was closed from March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic so all improvements noted were prior to this date.
Our school is part of the Harrogate School Sports Partnership, a group of over 40 primary schools and 2 secondary schools, which meet every term to plan competitions for the children and share good practice. We have found this beneficial as it has given our children the opportunity to participate regularly in Inter-School competitions and use the wider range of resources which the secondary schools in the cluster are able to offer.
Sports events include orienteering, rounders, tennis, cricket, golf, athletics, gymnastics, dance and rugby. The children’s achievements, for participation or success, are celebrated every time in assembly through certificates of achievement.
We recognise the impact upon community cohesion, which is strengthened through the school’s involvement in competitive sport. Pupils from local primary schools build good relationships with other children with whom they will move to secondary school. Parental involvement is good, with many of our parents offering to transport, support with coaching or just come along and cheer on the team. Our local secondary schools offer a range of sports activities for local primary schools which we actively signpost our pupils to along with local sporting clubs.
We believe at North Rigton CE Primary School that there are positive benefits upon the development of a child’s character from sport both competitive and non-competitive, believing wholeheartedly that a child who learns resilience, perseverance and respect on the sports field will apply the same skills within the classroom. Growing, blossoming and flourishing in both areas.