Our Physical Activity Vision Statement:
Our aim at St. Luke’s School is to raise the excellence and enjoyment of Physical activities throughout the whole school through high quality teaching and learning via a range of strategies. We see physical development as a key factor in improving every child’s emotional wellbeing by developing independence, respect, teamwork, resilience, persistence and creativity through sporting opportunities. We aim to provide inspiring and instructive lessons during the school day, activities that are fun and stimulating during break times as well as competitive opportunities for children who thrive in challenging situations, in order to motivate all children to pursue a healthy and active lifestyle.
We follow the Dimensions Bubbles topic related PE, drama, dance and music and also use the excellent Val Sabin Scheme of Work for P.E. throughout the school. We are committed to providing additional sporting opportunities before and after school and aim to encourage every child to enjoy and benefit from physical education as part of encouraging a healthy, positive lifestyle. The PE department is well stocked with a great range of equipment for all areas of the curriculum, including being able to offer specialist equipment for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Also, children who are identified as having particular sporting talents are given the support and encouragement to develop these skills further.
Breakdown of physical activities:
Lessons: We aim to provide inspiring and instructive lessons during the school day through cross curricular lessons as well as specific Physical Education lessons. Through the Val Sabin Scheme of Work we develop progression in Gymnastics, Dance, Games and Athletics. We also provide opportunities to develop swimming skills for Years 3 and 4 through lessons at Evington Leisure Centre. Through residential trips, we provide an opportunity to experience some different physical activities that we cannot provide within the school grounds, such as high ropes, climbing, fencing and orienteering. A midterm plan which overviews which skills each year will be covering is listed at the bottom of this page.
We aim to develop skills such as working as a team, turn-taking and being persistent through the range of opportunities we provide during play times. We have a member of staff to encourage pupils to take part in The Golden Mile 3 days per week. Pupils also have access to a trim trail and the field in summer. In addition to this, we have our Sports Ambassadors who aim to reward pupils with house points for good teamwork and attitude.
The Golden Mile\School Baseline
St Luke’s is currently using a baseline across all year groups as an assessment tool. Three times per year all pupils will be given the opportunity to run the furthest distance that they can with trained specialists. This information is then collated and marked against national expectations. This allows teachers to see any gaps in fitness and create interventions if needed as well as highlighting any possibilities of gifted and talented individuals. By completing the baseline at three different times of the year children’s increase in fitness can be measured.
The school is also running ‘The Golden Mile’ scheme alongside the baseline. This is an opportunity to run alongside their friends during their lunchtimes or PE lessons. Their distance is measured and inputted into our schools Golden Mile database online. Each class has two year 4 monitors to help measure and motivate. Children have opportunities to collect certificates when they achieve particular milestones such as 10 and 20 miles. We also run competitions between different classes and are soon to start challenging other schools.
Competitions: St. Luke’s participates in many of the competitions run by the Learning South Leicestershire Partnership which organises inter-school competitions. These are for different year groups (mainly Key Stage 2). St. Luke’s has a strong link with Gartree High School and Beauchamp College and work in conjunction with their Sports Liaison Officers to provide transition activities for our pupils. We have involved their Young Sports Leaders to help train our pupils for Sports Events and look forward to continuing this. Our pupils have the opportunity to compete with other schools through the Hotshots Club.
We are very fortunate to be given the opportunity to train four year 5 pupils to become the schools Sports Ambassadors. Our schools Sports Ambassadors attend a course where they learn how to inspire their peers to take part in physical activities. Through meetings with staff, they help fundraise, help lead clubs and co-ordinate/run Sports Day.