PE in Our School

PE in St Edmund Campion is an area of strength and a subject that we strongly promote.  It has been well documented that children who take part in regular PE perform better in all other areas of their academic learning.

All children take part in 2 hours of PE lessons each week with the focus being on Games, Gym and Dance with the addition of swimming in the summer term. In Dance the focus is on the children developing the skills needed to be able to create and combine a series of movements that when performed together create a dance sequence. Children in Years 4-6 take part in an annual musical and dance performance at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts.

The focus in our Gym lessons is more about the children developing their agility, balance and co -ordination skills using a variety of equipment, music and floor work.

Games is an area where the children can focus on their agility and inter personal skills all of which are an important part of team games.

Each unit culminates in a class competition which helps the children to continue to develop their skills of dealing with a win or a defeat.  In KS1 there is also an afternoon PE break where children are allowed time to develop basic skills of catching, throwing, skipping, climbing, hopping using a variety of equipment.

Having a heated outdoor swimming pool on site means that all children from Reception up to Year 6 get the chance to swim and improve their skills during the summer term.

There are a number of inter school competitions and tournaments which the school takes part in on a regular basis and always does well in, eg Tag Rugby, Hi 5 Netball, Kwik Cricket, Football, Tennis, and Hockey culminating last year in receiving a place to go and compete in the Berkshire School Games in Tennis at Wellington College during the Summer Term.  We often come first in local tournaments in a variety of sports and go on to represent our Borough in the  Berkshire County Finals held at Bradfield College or Bisham Sports Centre.

Extra Curriculum Activities
Before and after school, there are also a number of clubs which cater for all the age ranges of children within the school. Some of the clubs include:

  • Running Y3-6
  • Tag Rugby Y1-6
  • Football Y3/4/5/6
  • Hi 5 Netball Y3/4/5/6
  • Badminton R –Y6
  • Gymnastics Y1-6
  • Hockey KS2
  • Cricket Y1-6
  • Rounders Y3-6
  • Tennis all ages
  • Rowing Y6
  • Street Dance Age 7+ in the mornings and 5+ after school.
  • Gamerz – a multi-sport club that teaches good technique through the use of interactive technology.
  • Gymnastics club Age 7+ in the mornings.

Most of these clubs are free and run by school staff and are very well attended.  Our children love sport.

We currently hold the Sainsbury’s School Games ‘Gold Medal’ for our commitment to sport.

We are also indebted to Sainsbury’s Tokens for our small pieces of equipment including balls, hoops, skipping ropes, athletic equipment etc. This equipment is used on a Friday when our ‘Sports Ambassadors’ coach a new skill over the lunch period and the Y6 children take their experience to work with the infants.

Future Funding
We have just been allocated £9700 for 2017-18. This funding is allocated to the following:

  • Tag Rugby coaching both before school and during lunch, to help children learn to deal with competition and anger management.
  • New staff training on REAL PE and REAL gym (all current staff are trained)
  • Purchase of new equipment including 4 sets of netball posts for the infants and juniors, 24 hockey sticks, rugby balls, footballs, football posts, swimming floats, netball skorts, hockey helmets, and an ipad for recording lesson assessments.

The following Sainsbury’s School Games competitions have been entered for and supply staff has been brought in to release teachers for: Football Y3/4 & 5/6, Tag Rugby Y3/4 & Y5/6, Tennis, Biathlon, Hockey, Gymnastics Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6, Benchball Y3/4 &Y5/6, Kwik Cricket, Orienteering, High 5 Netball Y3/4 & Y5/6 Cross Country, Indoor Athletics Y3/4 & Y5/6, Quadkids Athletics Y1/2, Y3/4 & Y5/6, Dance Festival, & Maidenhead’s Got Talent.

Transport and supply staff costs have been budgeted to take children to the County Finals.

We also pay for staff to take part in a shallow water rescue course.

We have also paid £3128.50 for the Service Level Agreement with Ascot and maidenhead School Sports Partnership.

In summary, we take sport very seriously. Not because we are obsessed about winning, but we believe that everyone one at our school should benefit from sport. We teach children to lose and win with grace. We want everyone at our school to engage in sport, enjoy it and carry this on for life.

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