We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded the Gold Award for school games for the third year in a row.
To develop the Sainsbury’s school games inclusive approach to PE and school sport we have updated our PE planning to include two new, inclusive sports in each year group. Each year group participates in dance and gymnastics sessions as well as the following newly introduced games:
Year 3 – Boccia and Skipping
Year 4 – Tri-golf and Dodgeball
Year 5 – Handball and Skipping
Year 6 – Volleyball and Dodgeball
As well as an hour quality PE a week our children also get an hours quality games session per week.
Autumn – Football, Tag Rugby, Hockey, Netball
Spring – Football, Tag Rugby, Hockey, Netball
Summer – Tennis, Rounders, Athletics, Cricket
Through ensuring that we provide our children with two hours quality PE and games per week we are encouraging them to lead healthier, more active lifestyles. For those children who enjoy competitive sport we have a healthy year round competition calendar which we are consistently striving to improve. We have strong links with our local secondary school and through this have created a cluster of 12 local primary schools. This in itself provides our children with excellent sporting possibilities and allows them to play competitively.
Over the past two years our children have had the opportunity to compete in the following level 1 and level 2 competitions:
Football (local and national level-level 2 and 3)
Tag Rugby (local – level 2)
Netball (league and level 2)
Cricket (Market Drayton Cricket Club – level 2)
Rounders (league – level 2)
Indoor Athletics (local – level 2)
Swimming gala – (competed at local level – level 2 - and then represented North Shropshire –level 3 competition)
Kevin Mann – level 1
Robert Spiers – level 1
For the children who do not enjoy the traditional competitive sports we have introduced them to a variety of inclusive sports that they can take part in. By improving our PE provision and providing competitions for the children to enter we have increased the percentage of physically active children at our school.
Inclusive competitions that we entered last year:
Dodgeball (local – level 2)
Tri-Golf (Market Drayton Golf Club – level 2)
The Boys Dance Project was one of our biggest achievements. Twenty Two boys took part in a dance project, along with other local Shropshire Primary Schools, led by professional choreographer Mark Anderson. The boys worked hard over seven sessions and then performed to a live audience at the Theatre Seven in Shrewsbury. The show was a huge success and the boys had a fantastic time learning many new and valuable skills. This fantastic opportunity to interest boys in dance was amazing and is something that we will definitely be involved in again next year.
Another hugely successful event that we arranged last year was for the Sports Jam coaches to run a sports morning where all the children in the school took part. The children competed in their house teams in a number of different events both competitive and inclusive to earn points for their house. This was a huge success and all the children thoroughly enjoyed it. Providing inter house competitions for our children on a more regular basis is something that we strive towards for the future.
At Market Drayton Junior School, School Games is an important part of our curriculum and we have had five successful years so far in taking part in level 1, 2 and 3 competitions. Each year we continue to go from strength to strength and this year we are taking it one step further.
The 'Spirit of the Games' values underpin the School Games Festival and are important to instil in the children to develop good sportsmanship in all areas of PE and Sport. This year, we are recognising these values within our PE curriculum as well as during the competitions, and are giving the children the opportunity to be nominated for demonstrating these values. Nominations will then be considered by the sports committee and winners will receive a medal engraved with the 'Spirit of the Games' value. All nominations will also receive a certificate in recognition of their effort. We hope this will encourage the children to develop their sportsmanship skills even further.
With others and with yourself. Have the courage to do the right thing. Be truthful and promote fairness in every situation.
Treat everyone equally, support each other and work together to have fun and achieve. Celebrate each other’s’ success. Be a good friend and a positive team player in school, sport and life.
Treating others politely and with understanding. Accepting life’s ‘ups and downs’ with grace. Respect every day, in everything you do and for everyone around you.
You’ve got to believe to achieve. Have the self-belief and confidence to succeed and reach your personal best.
Giving it 100%, putting your heart and soul into whatever you are doing and never giving up. Care about what you do and the people around you, and approach each opportunity with enthusiasm and positivity.
Keep going no matter what. Determination is about the journey you go on to push yourself and achieve your dreams. Have the mental strength and the self-discipline to overcome obstacles, commit to your goals and keep working every day to become the very best you can be. Don’t hold back!