We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded the Platinum Award for school games in recognition of all the sport the children participate in.
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, Hoola Hooping and Skipping
Year 4 – Tri-golf, Hoola Hooping and Dodgeball
Year 5 – Handball, Hoola Hooping and Skipping
Year 6 – Volleyball, Hoola Hooping 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 five years our children have had the opportunity to compete in the following competitions:
Over the past five years our children have had the opportunity to compete in the following level 1 and level 2 competitions:
Cross Country (level 1, 2 and 3)
Netball (level 1 and 2 as well as playing in a league)
Basketball (level 1, 2 and 3)
Quicksticks Hockey (level 1 and 2)
Dodgeball (level 1 and level 2)
Mini Red Tennis (level 1 and level 2)
Key Stage 2 cycling (level 1, level 2 and level 3)
Girls Football Teams
Boys Football Teams
Kevin Mann – level 1
Robert Spiers – level 1
Rounders (level 1 and level 2)
Tag Rugby (level 1, 2 and 3)
Cricket (level 1 and 2)
Keeping on the theme of encouraging all of our children to lead healthier, more active lifestyles we have also been using the 5 a day initiative where each class spends 5 minutes every day being 'active'. It is an online resource that the children follow in their own classrooms.
Last year we also introduced the personal challenge: 100m sprint, where every child in the school set and recorded their own personal best times. Over the course of about 10 weeks the children tracked and monitored their own progress. This year we are going to continue with this challenge in the summer term and introduce a second personal challenge for the Autumn / Spring terms. The challenge for these terms will be linked to how long you can spin a hoola hoop.
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. Change 4 Life Club takes place every Friday lunchtime run by an ActivSports coach.
Furthermore, we have also attended several Sportsability festivals where the children have experienced a range of different activities specifically targeted at children on the SEND register. We also attended a New Age Kurling competition at level 1 and level 2 last year.
The Boys Dance Project
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.
Every year we run the Robert Spiers Football Tournament for all age groups, both boys and girls participate in the tournament and the winners win the Robert Spiers Memorial Trophy.
Furthermore, we run the Kevin Mann Memorial Race every year and children from across the year groups participate with the winning boy and girl from Year 6 having their names engraved on the trophy each year.
Several professionals have been in school to run workshops with the children e.g. Sasha from Hoola Nation led workshops with each class to inspire children to start Hoola Hooping and to discover the different health benefits that it has.
In addition, Danielle Brown visited the school to share her Paralympic and Olympic success story with the children.
We also welcomed recently, Paul Sturgess, former Basketball player for the Harlem Globe Trotters and World’s tallest basketball player. He shared his success story with the children in a whole school assembly and then ran workshops with each class teaching them basketball skills and tricks.
Spirit of the Games
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.
The Spirit of the Games values are:
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!