We have worked really hard to provide a high quality education for our children in PE and this year we were awarded the Schools Games Mark Silver – we continue to thrive and are now aiming for the Gold.
At Gastrells, we recognise the importance of Physical education being at the heart of school life. Not only does it contribute to the health and well being of our children but we believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our children.
At Gastrells we provide 100% of or children with the opportunity to take part in competitive sporting activities at multiples stages throughout the year.
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Wake and Shake
Each school day begins with a whole school Wake and Shake session that aims to stimulate pupils and encourage active engagement in lessons during the morning period.
In our recent Wake and Shake questionnaire 89% of the pupils asked said that they enjoyed it and 72 % recognized that it has a positive effect on their learning. Here are some of the things they said:
‘I like that it gets me moving’
‘It’s fun and it keeps me fit’
‘We do great dances to great music’
‘It helps me get motivated’
‘It wakes me up and helps me concentrate’
‘you’re not so tired and it makes you lively’
PE lessons are taught at least twice a week. We use a variety of teaching and learning styles during these lessons to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, and we do this through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual or group activities.
Throughout each year the following areas are covered in all classes:
- invasion games e.g. Netball, football, hockey
- net and wall games e.g volley ball, tennis, badminton
- dance and gymnastics
- striking and fielding e.g. Rounders, cricket
- swimming (year 2 and year 6 only).
Outdoor skills and adventurous activities are also taught in year 4 & 6 during their residential trips.
As well as teaching children the fundamental skills needed to be physically active we also recognise the importance of building confident, resilient, co-operative, motivated and passionate learners. This is one of our key aims in physical education at Gastrells.
Here at Gastrells we want children to be physically literate and we recognise the importance of developing this from an early age. The Owls class (reception) spend one session every day participating in physical activity. Such activities include two weekly PE sessions, ball skills, use of large indoor apparatus and the outdoor adventure playground, wellie walks, parachute games and forest schools.
We also complete staff, pupil and parent questionnaires to ensure that the quality of PE we provide for our children is reflected upon and continuing to improve.
This is a new initiative that aims to involve children of all ages to have a say in what they think about PE at Gastrells. Each term one boy and one girl will be chosen from each class to put forward their views and decide how we can continue to develop PE within our school.
Gastrells Sports Leaders
This year Gemma, Kyra, Isla, Morganna, Henry, Callum, Cal and Rudi have been chosen as Gastrells sports leaders. All children are chosen from our year 6 cohort for being particularly good role models in PE. They attend sessions with Mr Muskett where they build upon existing skills and develop the ability to organise, communicate with and lead small groups. They are then asked to attend other PE lessons so that they can put their skills into practise, and what a great job they do!
After school sports clubs
We provide a wide range of PE-related activities for children at the beginning, end and middle of the school day. These encourage children to further develop their skills in a range of activities they chose to partake in. The school sends details of the current club activities to parents at the beginning of each term. We also play regular fixtures against other local schools. This introduces a competitive element to team games, and allows the children to put into practice the skills that they have developed in their lessons. These opportunities foster a sense of team spirit and cooperation amongst our children. Further opportunities for competitive sports are offered through our annual Mini Olympics, inter-house and inter school competitions.
PE clubs that we run throughout the year include:
- Tag Rugby
- Dance Club
- Fun Club (invite only)
- Badminton/table tennis club
- Athletics club
- Multi skills club
- Jump Rope/hula hooping
At Gastrells we want to inspire our children by providing them with exciting and opportunities wherever possible. Many of the children enjoyed spectating as the Olympic torch passed through Stroud in 2012. On separate occasions they welcomed commonwealth medallist Michaela Breeze and Paralympian James Brown into our school community and listened in awe as they delivered their inspirational stories. More recently the children enjoyed gathering as a whole school, to support the fourth stage of the Tour of Britain as it passed through Stroud.
Primary School’s Sports Funding; What is the Sports Premium?
The government is providing funding substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary schools to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Gastrells has received £8845 a year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Purpose of the funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
Our Primary School Sport’s Funding at Gastrells has so far enabled us to:
- Be updating and improving PE equipment and Sports kit.
- Offer a wider range of clubs for all year groups within the school.
- Provide opportunities for both our gifted and talent and children with Special Educational needs.
- Pay for professional development opportunities in PE/sport.
- Cover to release teachers for professional development in PE/sport.
- Buy quality assured professional development materials/resources.
- Provide children with the opportunity to attend, spectate or participate in inspirational sporting activities.