Our 2014 National Curriculum statement for P.E.
The school has excellent indoor and outdoor facilities for PE, sport and outdoor education, including a large outdoor space and a sprung floor in the hall. At St. Martin at Shouldham, we believe that all children can find enjoyment and satisfaction from partaking in physical activity.
We offer a good range of sports within the curriculum, with this being supplemented by the offer of after-school sporting clubs and visits by local coaches and instructors.
Our aim in teaching Physical Education at school is to:
- develop physical skills, habits and interests that will promote healthy lifestyles
- develop positive attitudes to physical endeavour including perseverance, fair play and sporting behaviour, and the ability to cope with success and failure
- learn how physical exercise affects the body
- understand the need for safe practice in physical activities and know how to achieve this
Pupils undertake a range of physical activities throughout the year. In addition to two dedicated hour-long sessions for PE, pupils have opportunities to take part in after school activities to develop their skills, maintain their fitness and to enjoy sport in a social context.
In Nursery and Reception classes, pupils spend time learning basic skills involved with travelling and using equipment, and improving hand-eye co-ordination.
Within Key Stages 1 & 2, pupils move around a series of activities, changing each half term. These include games (netball, hockey, tag rugby and football), gymnastics activities, dance, racquet games (tennis, badminton and table tennis), athletics and bat and ball games (cricket and rounders).
PE kits should be in school every day. PE uniform must be in a plastic or drawstring bag (sold in school) – not large holdalls. Pupils are required to wear the school PE kit (yellow t-shirt and black shorts).
Children in Year 4 and Year 3 take part in swimming sessions. On swimming days, pupils need to come to school equipped with a swimming costume, towel and goggles. Swimming takes place during the Summer term at Downham Leisure Centre.
PE is an integral part of the National Curriculum and all pupils must participate unless there is a medical reason why they should not. In the case of a medical reason, we need a medical certificate for permanent exclusion from P.E and a written note for a temporary reason for non-participation.
We have a good record at St. Martin at Shouldham of taking part in a wide range of inter-school sports. Over the past year, we have sent teams of pupils to represent the school at boys and girls football, netball, cross-country, tri-golf, swimming and athletics. We have had a number of individuals go even further and represent West Norfolk at County level in their chosen sport.
We are also participating in the Dance Festival at the Corn Exchange Theatre.
Local sporting organisations
We have close links with local sporting groups. Pupils have been sign-posted to these groups to further enhance their sports skills. Pupils also have the opportunity to have taster sessions of different sports through the cluster schools sports co-op.
Our annual sports day is one of the highlights of the school calendar. Well attended by parents, pupils compete in their colours over a series of events. The events are designed in a traditional way, with winners and losers, but team points are accrued and every single pupil is supported and applauded. There are also novelty races, designed to cater for a variety of personal skills – with a large element of luck! Various social activities, including a barbecue lunch and ice creams for the children, and tea and cake for the spectators, allow us to celebrate achievement and have lots of fun as a school community!
Cross Country Running
The school has a very good cross country running record. Over the past 12 years, pupils have achieved great success in the Ryston Runners Cross Country events. Their success is a testament to the dedication of the children (and parents!) to turn out during the winter months for the events. We are all very proud of their achievements.
The OMNES Games programme introduces other sports to the children, which are non-competitive, therefore giving a wider range of children the opportunity of participating. This year, the Games include: dodgeball, kurling, speedstacking, badminton, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee and archery. Taster sessions are provided in school before these events.