Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity
Cherry Fold Community Primary School has been awarded the Platinum Schools Games Mark Accreditation. We first achieved the Bronze award in 2015 and have progressed up to Platinum level last year.
As part of our drive to deliver the 30 active minutes, we have implemented;
- Daily mile – tracked through daily mile destinations; we have travelled all over the virtual world and linked this to the wider curriculum, celebrating our arrival at key destinations.
- Walk to school – tracked through daily travel tracker; this has been a firm favourite with children who talk enthusiastically about it and enjoy earning the badges. This is promoting good habits and getting children active in preparation for their school day.
- Sports leaders – our older children deliver structured activities on the playgrounds at break and lunchtimes for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Staff participate and run a sporting event on the UKS2 yard at break/lunch.
- Extra-curricular activities – daily after school clubs are open to all children across school and a variety of sports are offered over the year. We also offer after school swimming lessons for pupils across school to develop water confidence and achieve key milestones.
- Expert coaches delivering specialist sessions – so far this year, we have provided golf, rugby, dance, bike safety and fundamentals skills.
- Breakfast club – body blast is a daily session for KS2 pupils to promote healthy lifestyles and to regulate themselves ready for the day. It also promotes positive mind-set, attendance and punctuality. Gross motor skills groups are provided for KS1 and EYFS pupils.
In addition to these opportunities, our children can access our on-site forest school as well as our trim trail and outdoor exercise equipment on the year 5/6 yard. We hope that this will encourage children to use such facilities in public parks with confidence as they get older.
Creating positive experiences and preparing pupils for physical activity and competition is a huge priority for us as it benefits pupils’ social, emotional and mental health and develops resilience and a growth mind-set in our pupils who don’t always have exposure to this out of school.
Our curriculum map is planned accordingly to support the BSSP calendar and lessons are adapted through PE Passport to support all learning levels/outcomes/objectives to be met. We ensure lessons, extra-curricular activities and competitions allow progression within the half term. Class data is drawn from the PE passport app to enable teaching staff to ensure all pupils can access the PE curriculum and have a positive learning experience. Sports Superstar certificates are awarded by each class teacher each week and are shared in our celebration assembly. These recognise the child that shows one of our key learning characteristics. Data and formative assessment impacts on all decisions with regards to extra-curricular activities and competition participation.
We have had athletes visit school such as Paul Sturgess, Dan Freedman, the author of the Jamie Johnson series; we enjoyed an athlete mentor session with Rachel McKenzie; we heard from Rachel Brown-Finnis in a Career Conversation; we have been involved with BFC and our children met players during the Show Racism the Red Card event. For the summer term, we have booked Wheelz Extreme to come into school to motivate pupils and facilitate a unique experience which we could not provide. We have a yearly Y6 residential to promote teamwork and provide enrichment experiences and access to further sporting opportunities for all pupils.
We continually to strive to develop a lifelong enjoyment of PESSPA across school. The PE Passport planning allows for progression which gives all children an opportunity to engage as their learning progresses, to create a lifelong enjoyment of PE. Lessons are engaging and continually active – allowing for challenge throughout. We participate in targeted transitional events through BSSP. We work closely with clubs in the local area to promote attendance and participation. We regularly celebrate the success of pupils in these out of school clubs such as kickboxing, dancing, gymnastics and swimming; this includes allowing a pupil the time off to represent her country in kick boxing earlier this year. We have used this to support the character and personal development of young people. Teachers are encouraged to promote sporting characteristics such as problem solving, resilience and adaptability. Physical literacy and promoting the use of vocabulary throughout school have supported the develop of pupil’s speaking and listening skills. It is so important that we develop healthy lifestyle choices and encourage healthy snacks too and we now provide free fruit for all children in KS2. Pupil voice informs the sports we provide on the playgrounds and in extra-curricular clubs as well as informing us as to how to adapt lessons and develop pupils’ skills further.
We work in partnership with a range of stakeholders: to develop pupil’s skills through specialist coaches working with pupils; buying into the sports partnership; providing a high range of CPD for staff.
A large number of our families have taken part in BLC Active families sessions which have run in school each half term. Not only does this promote healthy lifestyles but has provided families with a resource each week so they can continue to be active outside of the sessions. We are beginning to deliver the Healthy ELF programme in school after Easter which will promote the benefits for families to Eat well, Live well and Feel well. We also have links with local schools such as Broadfield for the use of the multi-use games area and bike share which promotes a higher level of sports participation. We have been involved in the voice of developing the Burnley Youth Zone and we have strong links with the West End Community Centre and some pupils were involved with the Round Our Way project to develop the local play area.