Sports & PE
Windermere Primary School has a genuine commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyles. Our children receive, on average, two hours of high quality P.E. over the course of each week. Through P.E. the children become increasingly aware of the importance of exercise and healthy lifestyles, come to understand the importance warming up and cooling down, and evaluate their own performance and the performance of others.
The school receives £8,950 Sports Premium each year. The school’s action plan for Sports Premium ensures that this is spent in a way that promotes sporting activity for all pupils.
This funding has been used to:
- Purchase new sports equipment
- Provide training for school staff to improve the teaching of PE
- Provide specialist coaching in particular for sports clubs after school
As a result of this expenditure more children than ever are participating in sport and PE, resulting in healthier lifestyles. Our achievement in this area and our commitment to quality PE provision was recognised when the school was awarded the enhanced Healthy Schools Award.
The Sports Premium funding has enabled us to offer free lunchtime and afterschool sports clubs through our specialist coaching provided by Game On and our collaboration with St Albans City Youth Football Club. As a result sports coaching is available to all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6.
As part of our partnership with Game On they also offer free or heavily discounted holiday sports camps for our pupils. St Albans City Youth apprentices have not only helped to train our Year 5/6 football team, but have also run lunchtime fitness sessions and girls’ football training.
Not only are more pupils participating in sport and enjoying a healthier lifestyle as a result, but they are also enjoying the success of winning. The after-school football coaching for Years 5 and 6 and netball coaching for Years 4, 5 and 6 has resulted in improved league competition results over the past few years. We also enter teams into district athletics, tag rugby, cross country and triathlon events.
At the end of the summer term all these sporting events and competitions are celebrated with the award of certificates, medals and trophies at a special Sports Assembly.
In the summer term our Learning Together Week is based on sport. This year it will also include a ‘Road to Rio’ dance workshop bringing sport and the arts together.
Games, gymnastics and dance are all embedded within our core P.E. curriculum and are delivered through a balanced and progressive scheme.
The children develop a growing understanding of how to apply tactics in game situations, and develop increasing control with basic skills and techniques as they progress through the school.
- In games the focus in Reception Key Stage 1 and Lower Key Stage 2 is on building the key skills that can be applied to a range of games situations in four main areas. As the children progress into Upper Key Stage 2 the scheme of work then focuses on specific sports. Basketball, netball, baseball, rounders, badminton, short tennis, hockey, football, tag rugby and kwik-cricket are all taught through the four areas of invasion games, target games, net and wall games and striking and fielding games. Game On coaches teach an hour of games in KS2 each week.
- In gymnastics and dance the focus is on performing controlled movement through the acquisition of progressive skills. Gymnastics and dance are taught alternately each half term following specific themes. See the curriculum units of study below.
- All classes enjoy a range of athletics activities in the summer term.
- Our Lower Key Stage 2 children receive swimming lessons each year which take place at Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre. Year 4 has swimming lessons in the autumn term and Year 3 has swimming lessons in the spring and summer terms.
- In the autumn term, the children take part in a whole school Cross Country run. Distances range depending on the age of the children, progressing from Reception, who run a 400m circuit on the school field, to Years 5&6, who follow a 1500m course that takes them out of the school grounds and around a marshalled route before returning back to school. The children thoroughly enjoy participating and every child takes part, not only running, but supporting their peers. Parental support is always welcomed.
- Duathlon – The Key Stage 2 curriculum has been enhanced by adding a duathlon, thanks to the support and skilled coaching of members of the British Triathlon Federation Trust. Our KS1 pupils have their own event – the scootathon!
- Triathlon – over the past couple of years we have even participated in a local triathlon hosted by The Samuel Ryder Academy. The KS2 children have great fun swimming, cycling and running around the school field.
- At Windermere the Annual Sports Day, towards the end of the summer term, is a popular event. Children compete in their four house teams (Neptune, Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter). The morning of Sports Day consists of a carousel of activities and the afternoon is made up of more traditional track races. All children are centrally involved, taking part in all of the carousel activities as well as the traditional races. Parents are welcome to attend the afternoon’s track events and add to the already fantastic atmosphere.
We have a strong extra-curricular programme of sport. There are several sports clubs run after school and at lunchtimes – football, netball, tag rugby, kwik-cricket, rounders, athletics and multi-sports. Some are run by school staff and some by qualified coaches from either Game On or St Albans City Youth Football Club. In addition we offer holiday sports activity days run by Game On at very reasonable rates.
Windermere regularly competes in netball, football, cricket, tag rugby and cross country leagues, as well as the Annual District Sports Tournament. Win, lose or draw, all of our sporting activities are epitomised by outstanding sportsmanship which is frequently acknowledged by referees, umpires and organisers.