For a small village school, St Michael’s has wonderful sports facilities – a hard court marked out for netball, tennis and small-sided games, a field marked out for games and athletics, our all-weather running track and a hall equipped for both gymnastics and dance.
We utilise our facilities to deliver a broad and balanced PE curriculum, with all children receiving two hours of physical activity every week. The programme is co-ordinated by a specialist PE teacher, and for a large part of the year, our work is driven by fundamental movement skills alongside the explicit teaching of the qualities that lead to the development of great sports people. We use RealPE to support our teaching of cognitive, physical, personal, social, creative and health and fitness skills.
We are incredibly proud to support the daily mile initiative, which is all about improving the health and wellbeing of children. The benefits they gain are physical, emotional, social and mental – all from running or jogging, at their own pace, every day.
By the end of Key stage two all pupils will have taken part in gymnastics, dance, athletics, swimming, football, tri-golf, bee netball, tag rugby, tennis, kwik cricket, and athletics. In addition, we make full use of our school grounds to incorporate outdoor learning through forest school and throughout the curriculum, and further enhance our provision with residential visits in years 5 and 6.
All our pupils are encouraged to attend extra-curricular sports activities, which are delivered by school staff and sports companies. The programme varies from term to term, but has in the past included activities such as; dance, high fives, kwik-cricket, football, tag rugby and athletics. This year we have also added lunchtime PE clubs run by our own staff and ably assisted by our specially trained Year 6 Sports Leaders.
Our sports Leaders go from strength to strength, this year all the Leaders attended a full days training at Avon Valley College and they have put everything learned into practice by being involved with the running of our new lunchtime PE clubs. The clubs are run by our own staff, and our Sports Leaders have been invaluable in supporting these clubs by offering their support to help develop key skills and run small sided games.
At various times during the year we organise house and class sporting competitions, or performances. We also offer all our pupils the opportunity to take part in inter-school sports against our cluster primary schools, both in competitive tournaments, and co-operative festivals.
Our children always represent us magnificently, playing with both skill and exemplary sportsmanship and we are pleased to say that our have often been awarded the fair play award after taking part in inter school competitions.