Participating in sports related activities is vitally important to us and “Sport” is one of our three, key curriculum drivers – the others being “Forest School” and “The Arts”. Our aim is to provide our children with a breadth of memorable PE and sports related experiences which leads to children developing a lifelong love of physical activity and sport. Our pupils will also begin to recognise how sport and an active lifestyle can enrich their lives and help them to develop life-long friendships.
Physical Education at Gretton Primary School encompasses more than just being active, it’s about developing the necessary skills needed to confidently compete in sports, understanding the importance of physical and mental health, the confidence to take on leadership roles and also the ability to push oneself to achieve a personal best, whilst still always being a good team player. We are proud of being fully committed to outdoor learning, especially through our fantastic Forest School provision.
Through the opportunities provided, children’s well-being develops, physical skills improve, sporting knowledge becomes secure and competitive spirit is developed. By the time our pupils leave us, they will be well equipped with the skills, the knowledge, and the confidence required to enjoy sport and actively participate in the competitive sporting world around them. They will be made familiar with various different sports, the rules, skills and tactics needed to play them, so that they can confidently be part of any sporting activity offered to them.
We follow the National Curriculum for Physical Education. Our detailed progression map along with The Lancashire Scheme of Work ensures that all teachers are equipped with the secure subject knowledge required to deliver relevant, high-quality teaching and learning opportunities for all areas of the PE National Curriculum. Our overarching aim is for teachers to have the knowledge and skills they need to feel confident in teaching all areas of PE, regardless of their main areas of expertise. However, whilst all teachers are highly competent and enthusiastic, we are fortunate in having a specialist PE teacher who teaches the majority of our PE lessons and this is funded through our PE and School Sports Premium. The remainder of the grant is invested wisely and for the long term benefit of all children. For example, we have an ongoing project to improve our outside play and sports facilities and over recent years we’ve installed a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and a large Clamber Stack. Because we don’t have a field on site, again using grant funding, we make a significant contribution to the maintenance and preparation of the local village field, so it remains suitable for PE lessons, clubs and competitive sports fixtures against other schools.
We are active members of the local “Move More” Sports Partnership, which gives us access to a huge range of inter-school events, opportunities for CDP, as well as access to specialist coaching and advice. We run an annual residential activity week, when our Y5 and Y6 children participate in an even broader range of sporting activities, such as climbing, orienteering, kayaking, archery, fencing and rifle shooting. From these taster sessions, some of our pupils have gone on to regularly participate at club level in many of these activities.
Our pupils experience a vast range of physical opportunities throughout their lessons and enrichment activities, including a minimum of six weeks swimming lessons at Evesham Leisure Centre and regular participation in the local bell-boating regatta.
Thanks to the enthusiasm, generosity and commitment of our staff, we always offer a wide variety of free extra-curricular sporting opportunities such as Football, Dodgeball, Netball, Hockey, American Football, Tag-Rugby, Cricket, Rounders and Athletics. We also encourage links with local clubs and engage the services of professional coaches, such as in Tennis and Swimming. Sport at Gretton is also about inclusivity and encouraging as many children to participate as possible, for example by offering a subsidised Cheerleading Club we were able to engage certain less active children in an appealing activity. However, we also strive for excellence in performance and competition. At Gretton, often through our membership of the local sports partnership, we participate in numerous inter-school events, often with great success. For example, in recent years we have been County Champions in Football and “Flag” American Football and we have represented our region in National Finals. Our boys’ and girls’ teams are currently district football champions and we are the reigning Tewkesbury District Rounders, Cricket and Athletics champions – quite an achievement for our small school.
Our PE curriculum facilitates sequential learning and long-term progression of knowledge and skills. Teaching and learning methods provide regular opportunities to recap acquired knowledge through high quality questioning, discussion, modelling and explaining, to aid retrieval at the beginning and end of a lesson or unit. This will enable all children to commit learning to their long-term memory, know more, remember more and be able to do more as children living a healthy lifestyle, whilst fostering a lifelong love of physical activity, sport and PE. The vast majority of our pupils enjoy competitive sport and for many children, Sports Day is the highlight of their year!
We assess the impact of our PE and School Sport curriculum through assessment information, school council, pupil conferencing and learning walks. In terms of standards, ongoing formative assessment and summative assessment at the end of each term is completed. This gives us a clear picture of how many children have achieved the objectives within a unit of work and therefore a good indication of the standards being achieved in PE. For example, at the end of the Autumn Term 2021, 98% of the children achieved the required standard in their most recent unit of work.
All school sporting achievements are celebrated weekly in our Celebration Assembly and newsletter and as a school, we have been awarded the School Games Gold Award since the academic Year 2017-8.
The high numbers of children who participate in school sport and who regard PE as their favourite lesson, along with our impressive list of honours and achievements, proves that we are high performing school when it comes to PE and school sport.
94% of 2022 to 2023 Year 6 cohort can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over 25 meters, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.