Due to being indoors and less active during COVID-19 lockdown periods, it is even more essential that our pupils engage in high levels of physical activity in school and establish good active behaviours to ensure they live an active and healthy life.
At Cheetwood Primary School it has been a priority over many years to improve pupil fitness by continuing to offer the minimum four hours per week for every pupil, comprising of at least two hours of high-quality Physical Education (PE), physical activity and school sport. Activities such as the Daily Mile, making break and lunch-times active and encouraging active travel will all help to enable pupils to be physically active.
PE at Cheetwood develops pupils’ physical competencies and confidence. It promotes physical development, skills and knowledge of the body; it provides opportunities for pupils to be creative, competitive and to face challenges as individuals, in groups, and teams. PE at Cheetwood also aims to develop a sense of fair play and sporting behaviour. Through PE pupils learn how to plan, perform and evaluate their work, enabling them to improve their quality and effectiveness. Through these processes, pupils discover their abilities, preferences and how to make choices about getting involved in lifelong physical activity.
Through our commitment to delivering high-quality PE the school has developed strong links with several outside organisations: Manchester City Football Club, Salford City Football Club, The Northern Tennis Association, Pure Gym, Manchester PE Association and Manchester Giants. These links help us to deliver high quality PE lessons to pupils across the school, as well as give staff new opportunities to further develop their knowledge and skills.
The school achieved the Sainsbury’s School Games Bronze Award between 2012 and 2015 which recognised that pupils were provided with opportunities to participate in inter and intra competitions in a range of sports. In 2016 and 2017 the school did even better and achieved the Silver Award. Then progressing further, we were delighted to achieve the School Games GOLD Award for the 2018/2019 and the 2019/2020 academic years!
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community and we are delighted to have been recognised for our sporting success.
We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including the young volunteers, leaders and officials who made competitions possible. As part of the application, the school was asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at the school has been justifiably rewarded.
School Sports Crew
In the autumn of 2013, we established a pupil-led ‘Sports Crew’, with support from the Government’s Sports Premium Grant. The sports crew aims to help with the overall development of organised sport within the school.
The sports crew is responsible for organising and running several lunchtime games and activities, ensuring as many pupils are participating in sport or physical activity over the lunchtime period.
The young sporting leaders meet up regularly with Mr Nordon, the school’s PE Leader, to discuss issues surrounding sport and PE in school, some of the things discussed at the meetings are:
- Planning and running of the annual sports week and sports day
- Lunchtime clubs and how to monitor them
- After school clubs, participation and what clubs to have each half term
- Discussing the School Games Values
- Discussing what a healthy lifestyle is and how it can be promoted in school
Department for Education KS2 Swimming Reporting:
Our pupils attend swimming lessons weekly throughout Year 4.
*The school closed in line with the national lockdown therefore Year 4 did not attend swimming for the rest of the academic year. There is a plan in place for the cohort affected by this to attend swimming lessons for at least half a term before they leave in Year 6.