At Burnopfield Primary School, we are committed to ensuring that all children receive high quality PE lessons. We strive to improve the skills and attitudes of PE and sport to children of all abilities and ensure that different talents and achievements are celebrated. We recognise the importance of physical education to ensure children are inspired to lead healthy lifestyles and have a positive attitude towards sport and exercise. We are committed to providing a fun, challenging and inspiring curriculum which supports all pupils.
Children receive PE lessons across the key areas of physical education and have opportunities to enhance their skills in gymnastics, games (including competitive team games) dance, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities and swimming.
Where possible, children are invited to attend a range of competitions within the local area where they can compete against other schools. Children across all key stages have had the opportunity to attend different festivals, leagues and competitions.
Staff have received training and resources to support them with the delivery of PE lessons in the last few years. As well as this, children are also given the opportunity to work alongside skilled and experienced coaches in a range of situations throughout the year.
We currently have a successful and positive working relationship with the SAFC foundation who are working alongside teachers with a particular focus on games. Children have been looking at tactics for different games as well as having the chance to progress with different types of sports, including basketball, handball and tennis. Thanks to this partnership, some of our children have been lucky enough to visit the wonderful Beacon of Light in Sunderland to take part in sports workshops.
We also have worked alongside Durham Cricket, who have been in school working with KS2 and KS1 children. Children have enjoyed sessions and many have started to attend cricket clubs at the local cricket ground.
This year we have been working alongside local coach, Leanne Kemp, who has trained our children to be sports leaders, has introduced HIIT workouts and will also be delivering healthy living workshops later in the year.
Our health and fitness week is always a huge success and is a firm favourite on our school calendar. During this week, children are given the chance to experience a wide range of new sports which opens them up to a wide variety of new opportunities and sports challenges. During our last few health and fitness weeks children have experienced things such as-a climbing wall, a visit from an olympic athlete, cheerleading, yoga, metafit, karate, hula hooping, skipping and boxing.
We have offered a wide variety of sports after school clubs for our children which includes, street dance, rugby, football, multiskills, games, running, metafit and forest school.
This year we have started with a hugely successful walking award. This has challenged the pupils, staff and parents to start walking outside of school. Children have embraced the challenge and have sent pictures of them walking all around the world! This has been hugely successful in instilling a positive attitude to healthy living and mental health not only amongst children, but amongst staff and parents.
We have signed up to be part of the Active 30 campaign, which is designed to ensure children are getting 30 minutes of activity per day. Staff have not only been delivering their usual PE lessons, but have been trying to make other areas of the curriculum as active as possible. We have been trialing activities such as active times tables, active grammar games, spelling relay races, brain breaks and wake up shake ups.
We truly believe in the power of PE and are committed to ensuring the best for our pupils. We are willing to try out new ideas, welcome new initiatives, work with the local community and we constantly review our provision.
To see more of the amazing PE that goes on in our school, check out our school Twitter page.