To enable schools lacking facilities whether because of their small size and/or isolated rural location to run a wide variety of different activities and sports taught by qualified teachers and coaches.
Peter Johnson, Headteacher at Kirk Ireton Primary, explains, “We don’t have a designated indoor space for PE and sport in our school. Our classroom is also our dining room, our assembly hall and in wet weather is often our playground too. To be able to go to Anthony Gell and use their sports facilities to play and compete against other schools is such a positive experience for our pupils.”
To offer primary teachers Continuous Professional development opportunities to help them deliver high quality PE and school sports.
Ruth Cook, SSCo at Hope Valley College, says: “The primaries really benefit from specialist teaching. We can deliver a range of opportunities that small, rural schools simply wouldn’t otherwise have. We can help teach activities as diverse as handball, rounders and gym work as well as core skills like speed, agility and
quickness to build physical literacy.”
“They’re also able to come to us and use our facilities like the new cycle track and climbing wall as well as our gym, playing fields, hard courts and equipment.”
Encouraging children from the earliest age to be active and develop core movement skills, muscle tone and skeletal stability and physical literacy, essential in developing healthy bodies and a healthy attitude to exercise.
Making PE fun and engaging so being active becomes a habit that continues throughout childhood and into adulthood.
This year we piloted Bupa’s ‘Start to Move: developing physical literacy’ programme in the Highfields cluster of primary schools in Matlock.
The programme – designed for 4 to 7 year olds to learn the ABCs of movement – was a hit with teachers, providing fun ideas for simple games and activities that would lead to the progressive development of core skills for pupils in reception and KS1, giving them the enthusiasm and confidence to begin lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.
Matalan’s TOP Sport programme helps teachers unlock the potential of their
key stage 2 pupils (7–11 years), developing their physical, social, emotional and learning skills and increasing young people’s understanding of their health
This has been an exciting phase for the partnership and it is a specific focus over the next year to build on this work and to share good practice with other schools
in the cluster.
The Partnership will:
- Extend the work of the BUPA Start to Move pilot study and offer CPS to teachers in all Infant schools and Key Stages 1 through to 4 in the SSP.
- Work with schools to develop the skills and confidence of teaching staff and support them to implement appropriate activity programmes for reception and Key Stage 1 children and extend them to Key Stage 2.