Physical Education at The Weatheralls
At the Weatheralls we aim to develop children’s physical competence, an appreciation of skilled and creative performances, improved interpersonal skills and enhanced self esteem. We do this through teaching a wide and varied PE curriculum for two hours a week. We teach a variety of dance genres, gymnastics, swimming, games which include: football, hockey, basketball, netball, tri golf, tag rugby, cricket and many others.
Over the next two years all primary schools in England will receive a grant to improve the teaching and availability of PE for 5 – 11 year olds. At the Weatheralls we will be using this money to train teachers to improve their knowledge and skills in teaching PE; increasing our participation in competitions, both in school and in the local area; and purchasing PE equipment to better resource our lessons.
So far this year, a curriculum coach has worked in KS1 to improve the teaching of gymnastics. Year 3 teachers have recently been on a gymnastics course and are excited about teaching their new skills to their classes. This half term a curriculum coach will be working in KS2 to support the teaching of dance. Year 6 will be working with a licensed football coach too. These professional development opportunities will continue for the next two years.
Please see the document below for our updated spring funding report to see how much progress we have made in developing and strengthening PE at the Weatheralls.
At The Weatheralls we use the swimming pool at St Andrew's Primary School in Soham for our school swimming lessons, commencing when children are in Year 4. For the Year 6 cohort to July 2018, 94% of our pupils were able to swim at least 25 metres using front crawl, breast stroke and back stroke. Our swimming programme also includes a range of self-rescue exercises in the St Andrew's school pool.
Sports Competitions and Festivals with other Schools
The Weatheralls children continue to enjoy a large variety of sporting events throughout the year. In October we had 2 squads of Year 5 & 6 pupils travel to the new all-weather pitch at The Hive sports centre in Ely to participate in tag rugby events. Our competitive squad played fantastically well in the East Cambs inter-school competition to come third overall and learnt a great deal more about the competitive game whilst our festival activities squad enjoyed a large variety of rugby activities. Early in the New Year 12 children from years 3 & 4 traveled to Witchford Village College to take part in the East Cambs and Fenland inter-school gymnastics competition in floor and vault routines. In March 16 children from years 5 & 6 formed 2 teams to compete in the East Cambs High-5 Netball Competition at Soham Village College and played very well against a large number of local schools. The following month, 2 teams from The Weatheralls traveled to Ely Hockey Club to take part in the East Cambs Quicksticks competition - the Year 5 team did well to come fifth place in their pool while the Year 6 team won most of their matches and progressed to the semi-final stage and came fourth overall.
The Summer Term sports calendar was kicked off with the 31st ‘Reg Collen Cup’ at Soham Town Rangers Football Club. This annual event sees The Weatheralls football team take on St Andrew's to win the Reg Collen trophy. Many parents, staff, children and members of the community turned out to watch the event with The Weatheralls winning the trophy after an overall score of 15-9 over both matches. Also in April ten year 3 children participated in the East Cambs Tri-Golf competition where points were focused on skills for life where our team amassed an amazing total of 72 points out of a potential of 80. At the same time 2 teams of 4 children from year 4 took part in the East Cambs Tennis competition at Ely Tennis Club. All children really enjoyed their tennis matches and the A team came third overall, earning bronze medals. Later in the term on 17th May 2 teams of 10 athletes are due to attend the East Cambs Quadkids athletics competition at Soham Village College. The children participated in 4 events; 75m sprint, 600m run, Vortex howler throw and the standing long jump against a large number of local schools.
Well done to all of our children who have taken part in festivals and competitions this academic year and have represented our school with pride.
Change 4 Life
Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a key priority in school. While lots of our children already belong to after school clubs that involve physical activity, there are some that do not participate in any physical activities outside of school. For these children we will be running a ‘Change 4 Life’ club which aims to build physical confidence and enjoyment in physical activity. Hopefully, this will encourage these children to have the confidence to take part in other clubs being offered at school and in the local community.
How can I help my child?
- Spend time outside, playing games with your child.
- Practice ball games, throwing and catching, bat and ball skills.
- Take your child swimming.
- Go for walks and cycle rides to help your child’s fitness and stamina.
- Enrol your child in local sporting clubs.
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