Sports and Clubs
Our work is planned in accordance with the National Curriculum for Physical Education 2014, which aims to ensure that all children:
- Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities;
- Are physically active for sustained periods of time;
- Engage in competitive sports and activities;
- Lead healthy, active lives.
We are pleased to offer at least two hours of sports education as part of our school curriculum, with a variety of other opportunities delivered outside of school hours as our commitment to achieving these aims.
Games and Gymnastics
Miss Griffin, our sports coach, plans and delivers a varied PE curriculum with the support of other staff members and in collaboration with the class teachers. Children learn to play all kinds of sports such as cricket, netball, badminton, handball and tag rugby, as well as a course of gymnastics in the spring term and athletics in the summer. All lessons involve an element of SAQ (Speed Agility and Quickness training) to build up their stamina, as well as practising individual skills, learning fair play and team tactics.
Our teaching and learning recognises the seven values associated with the Olympics. These are made up of three Olympic values – Friendship, Respect and Excellence – along with the four Paralympic values – Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality. These values underpin the way we approach sports at Waltham School.
Our dance instructor, Miss Cheryl, works with all classes, delivering a varied programme which excite and motivate the children. Children will learn a range of dance styles, building up to a performance to the rest of the school and community. Dancing is really helping to develop the fitness of the children along with teaching them some cool new moves! All children perform in school shows and have the opportunity to participate in local dance competitions.
Each class also performs at our annual Maypole event, which combines traditional dances around the maypole as well as Morris dancing. Great fun for all the family.
Under normal circumstances, children in Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 have weekly swimming lessons during the summer term.
Staff and family members help with supervision travel at Waterfield Leisure Centre in Melton Mowbray, where there are two pools for all abilities. The children are taught by fully qualified swimming instructors. Children work towards specific targets and are rewarded with certificates when they complete each stage.
More able swimmers are taught aspects of survival training, whilst new swimmers are sensitively encouraged to feel safe in the water before learning correct strokes and water skills.
Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety
Number of Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
Number of Year 6 cohort who can use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke)
Number of Year 6 cohort who can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations?
Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements, but we haven’t used it in this way to date.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID pandemic, we were unable to take the children swimming in 2020-2021.
Physical Development in Reception
Physical development in Reception is a slightly broader area than just PE.
Children will learn skills such as walking, running, skipping, jumping, balancing and not bumping into things. As well as developing the gross motor skills that are required to move about safely, children also need to develop control of all the smaller muscles which, for example, move when we pick something up – these take time to develop and come through using and playing with objects such as cutlery, cars, jigsaws, construction activities and other playthings.
From this the children develop body-confidence which encourages them to want to push a car along a track, ride a trike, climb on a stump or jump in a puddle. As children develop control and coordination they eventually learn how to handle items such as a pen or pencil, a pair of scissors and a paint brush.
Apart from the free flow curriculum planned to enable the children to access activities designed to develop their physical ability such as those mentioned above, the children will join in with additional activities planned by Miss Griffin and Mr Morley, as well as accessing further experiences in our woodland adventures.
At our school we enter and participate in many sporting tournaments across the Vale of Belvoir and Melton communities. These have also led us to participate in events in wider parts of Leicestershire, such as cross country events. Some key achievements that we have achieved include:
- Vale and Melton Girls Football tournament winners
- Vale and Melton Mixed Hockey Winners
- Vale and Melton Basketball runners up
- County finalists in cross country
We went on to represent the Vale and Melton Schools in the county finals in both girls' football and hockey. Our whole school community was very proud of them.
School Sports Day
Our annual sports day occurs during the summer term. Here all parents, carers and children participate in a morning of competitive games.
The children are placed into their family teams and compete against each other through a range of activities, such as tunnel relay, water race, beanbag shuttle and ball balance relay. They then compete in year group sprint races, where again the scores are aggregated and added to the final team school. Then, the children compete for the final points through a tug of war competition, followed by a mums 'n' dads tug of war match.
At the end of the morning, the children take part in an awards ceremony, where the points achieved by each team member throughout the day are counted up to give us our school champions.
Football is open to all our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children, during the autumn and summer term and is run on Monday after school by two parents. Both are qualified football coaches and welcome all abilities to what is a well-structured training session that the children thoroughly enjoy.
CReW Club Sports
CReW Sports is an after school club run by our PE specialist teacher Miss Griffin. It is open to all children and is run on Thursday after school . Numbers are limited so booking is essential.
Children are taught skills for a range of sports, such as tennis, football, badminton, cross-country, athletics and many more. Miss Griffin selects the programme based on the interests of the children as well as helping them to prepare for tournaments. It is a popular club as they have so much fun.
Other clubs also take place, many led by the children themselves and so vary each term/year according to their interests. Some clubs that have been on offer include, for example:
- Reading Café
- Drawing Club
- Chess Club
- Spy Club
- Ninja Warriers
Older children also do a course of Bikeabilty and take part in high rope adventurous activities on their Residential to Dukes Barn.