Sit Less. Move More.
We are proud to be an active school. Physical education (PE), physical activity (PA) and sport are the cornerstones of our whole school approach to promoting health and wellbeing. This helps ensure that our children are happy, healthy, confident and determined. We firmly believe that all children should access high quality, diverse and positive early experiences of being physically active so that they are encouraged and inspired to remain active throughout their lives.
Sports Premium Funding
We have received recognition locally, regionally and nationally as well as being invited to share our practice at national conferences on behalf of North Yorkshire Sport,AfPE and the Youth Sport Trust. In 2016/17 we received the Yorkshire Region award for whole school improvement which recognised the sustainable, impactful and innovative use of our sports premium funding. We use our sports premium funding each year to improve our provision for children to be active and access high quality PE lessons. Here is how we have spent our sports premium funding during the last academic year.
Physical Education (PE)
PE lessons at MCPS support our children in striving to become healthy, social and active learners as well as providing the platform from which physical skills, activity levels and general fitness can be nurtured. Our curriculum allows children to acquire knowledge of how the body works and how to make healthy choices. PE lessons are delivered on a weekly basis by all class teachers. Children access 90-120 minutes of PE per week in addition to the extensive range of additional daily physical activity opportunities that we provide. Teachers are supported to deliver lessons and assess performance by ongoing professional development from PE specialists. Teachers use the primary PE passport app to plan and assess from.
- EYFS children (Nursery & Reception) work towards achieving their early learning goals in physical development, moving and handling. Through areas of outdoor provision, children choose, create and explore different ways of moving, balancing and handling in a fun, safe environment. They also begin to learn how to interact and communicate with other children and assess risks in play. Physical development is in an ongoing and daily learning experience for children in these classes.
- Key stage 1 children (Year 1 & Year 2) develop their confidence and competence to move, balance and control objects in different ways. They experience a broad range of activities to develop the skills to move, balance, kick, throw and catch with confidence. Children will develop their competence to perform these fundamental movements with control, fluency and growing levels of precision. These skills are the foundations of movement and ensure that children are able to access more complex activities later in school. Children also learn about the importance of social skills such as co-operation, respect and communication as well as exploring how physical activity makes them feel.
- Key stage 2 children (Year 3 to 6) begin to apply their fundamental movements to learn more specific movement skills which are later applied to a diverse range of sporting activities. Children will access dance, gymnastics, athletics, OAA, games and swimming activities. They will refine physical skills across multiple activities and experience adapted game contexts / modified versions of competitive sports. They will learn basic rules and regulations, face problem-solving challenges, assess their peers and umpire activities. Unique features of key stage 2 PE lessons are:
- The integration of mathematical and literacy skills within high intensity warm-up games using Tagtiv8 resources.
- Opportunities for children to hone their metacognitive strategies by assessing and reflecting upon their learning post-lesson.
- Swimming lessons are delivered to Year 5 & 6 children by qualified swimming instructors in line with national curriculum requirements. Lessons take place at Derwent Swim & Fitness Centre. OAA activities are explicitly delivered during trips to an outdoor education centre in Year 6. We have visited Ford Castle in Northumberland and East Barnby in the North York Moors. Children in Year also access Bikeability training each year to help keep them safe on the local roads.
You can see our PE lessons in action by following the school twitter account and reading your child’s class blogs.
Physical Activity (PA)
Instead of adopting the daily mile, we have enhanced our health and wellbeing provision in order to optimize opportunities for all children to achieve the recommended 30-minutes of in-school physical activity each day. We believe that active children make happier and healthier learners.
Here are some of the ways that we help our children move and learn each day.
- Physically active lessons using Tagtiv8 resources to support learning in maths.
- Active classroom provision and modified learning spaces to organically promote collaborative and flexible working.
- Energizer breaks to recharge and refocus during learning time.
- Break and lunchtime play leaders.
- An extensive range of after-school activity and sport clubs.
- Promotion of active travel using Modeshift Stars.
- Sweaty Church – regular active SMSC lessons with Revd Diggins.
All children have regular opportunities to access competitive sport in school. Each term we have a series of inter-house sport and physical activity competitions in addition to our annual sports day during the summer term. Since 2013 we also competed against other local schools as part of the malton school sports partnership and school games events.