Greenfields is committed to providing outstanding PE provision, both as part of the school curriculum, and through extra-curricular opportunities. We want to promote pupil health and wellbeing, and to raise standards of attainment across the curriculum.
A wide range of activities are delivered in school which aim to engage and inspire all children. We aspire to provide at least 2 hours per week of high quality planned PE. We have a PE curriculum that offers a broad range of sports; focussing on a challenge and developing skills, fitness at an individual level, raising aspirations, sportsmanship and increasing the health and life long sporting passion for all. The school’s PE provision is based on both the new National Curriculm and on the key findings of the Ofsted publication ‘Beyond 2012 – outstanding physical education for all’.
At Greenfields we offer a high quality curriculum which is inclusive and is designed to meet the needs of all pupils. We try to cater for all our children’s needs and to ask the children which clubs they would like to see at Greenfields, this is done by Student Voice through the School Council. We track all our children’s participation in school clubs and sporting events in order to monitor participation and help to ensure we can provide something for all.
Over the year, each child will particpate in games, athletics, dance and gymnastics lessons with swimming for LKS2.
Adventurous activities in Years 5 and 6 include climbing, canoeing, problem solving, orienteering and archery which are delivered while they attend annual residential trips at Robinwood.
PE and sport has a high profile in our school and permeates many aspects of school life. In the Summer term we hold our annual Sports Week in which we encourage participation of all children and organise competitive races which also include a parent’s event.
We wish to complement the PE curriculum with a wide range of alternative as well as traditional sports through our extra-curricular sporting activities. We hope to capture pupils interest and enthusiasm and nurture a lifelong commitment to participation in sports and physical activity.
We use outside coaches to enhance the variety of activities we can offer. Last year we had a coach in from Cramlington Rockets to teach KS1 childen about multi-skills. The activities and skills taught have also been applied and progressed within PE lessons as they were enjoyed so much by the children. The hard work and partnership between the coaches and the teachers resulted in 100% of children in year 2 reaching the expected standard or above!
As we offer a number of extra-curricular clubs, the impact can be seen in a number of ways. One of which includes this year’s decrease in obesity levels compared to previous years. When looking at 3 year pooled data for 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, there has been a 5.2% decrease in obesity in year 6 pupils and a 2.5% decrease in reception aged children. Overall effort and attitude has also increased, especially in KS2 where the majority of the coaching has been implemented. Levels in effort and attitude towards PE have either maintained the same or increased in each year group across KS2.
We have continued the support from external coaches this year, and coaches from Access coaching came in to work alongside children in all of KS2, offering sessions in sports including dodgeball and rocket ball to offer a broad and balanced curriculum.
Last half term we arranged for coaches to work with children in lower school from Nursery up to Year 2. Coaches came from Tyne Met college to deliver football sessions to work on the children’s coordination and motor skills. They are now starting an after school club with Year 3 and 4 on a Monday.
Year 3 have also been able to have Dan in from the Northumberland Cricket board to deliver coaching sessions to Year 3 during summer 1. He has worked with Miss Taylor to open up the pathway between school and the local cricket club in Seaton Burn, and together they have made it easier for the children to access cricket coaching outside of school time.
This year Miss Taylor has organized a swimming booster session for those children who did not achieve their 25m badge in Year 3. This will mean we can use some of the extra premium money to make sure we offer another chance for children to leave at the required standard.
In May we will be lucky enough to have a full day of coaching sessions going on in school with the Newcastle Falcons. They will be coming into school to work with children from Year 1 up to Year 6.
Our teachers are a great resource for sports clubs this year, with Mr Irving leading shadow boxing as part of Greenfields University, and a KS1 multi skills club on a Monday. Mr Lumsdon also runs a football club for KS2 on a Wednesday and Miss Taylor runs Wake and Shake for the whole school on a Wednesday morning and a Year 3 and 4 football club on a Monday. The children are all asked to work together to organise their own team and follow good sportsmanship. In Greenfields University last year there were 8 different courses related to physical activity with over 230 children involved in them over the course of the year. These courses included; Shadow boxing, Cosmic Yoga, Play Leaders and Multi-skills.
During the Summer Term Year 5 trains up as Sports Leaders. Following their training the children support others at playtimes and lunchtimes to participate in a range of sporting activities. KS2 have also been offered the chance to train as School Games assistants as part of a Greenfields University course this year during the Spring term.
We enter a wide range of competitions, particularly through our work towards achieving the School Games mark this year.
From the Spring term we enter into, and practice for, for a number of different competitions such as Y5/6 Hi Five Netball tournament, a Hockey tournament for Y3/4 and a Boccia tournament. We like to make sure we enter into a range of competitions that are offered to children across the school and for children of all abilities.
The children are always a credit to our school and demonstrate excellent sportsmanship, but it is also wonderful to celebrate their success. At the Netball tournament back in March our team was not only the winners of their group with every game unbeaten, they were also the winders of the whole tournament, coming first out of 10 schools.
We take part in the North Tyneside Dance festival every year. This year the dance was based around ‘The living world”. The Y5 and Y6 children worked hard every week to come up with their own choreography around the work we have done in schools to support the UN’s Global Goals. The children explored the global goals set by the United Nations in order to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Their dance interpreted different goals and aimed to express how important they are if we want an integrated and transformative vision for a better world. We went to Whitley Bay Playhouse back in March and performed in front of a full audience.
PE and Sports Funding
The government is providing additional funding to improve the provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is ring-fenced and can therefore only be spent on the provision of PE and sport in schools.
At Greenfields we have used our PE funding in a variety of ways and split the funding into three key areas, Physical Education, Healthy Lifestyles and Competitive Sport. The PE & Sports Funding document below gives full details about the impact of the way we spent the money last year and how we intend to spend the money this year: