At Springfield Primary School we encourage all children to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Our PE curriculum ensures that children are taught the skills needed to play a broad range of sports, take part in competition and understand the importance of physical activity. As well as this, we endeavour to allow opportunities for children to take part in sport and other physical activities that build their confidence, character and embed values such as fairness and respect.
In Foundation, children have access to gross motor activities throughout the day. They are able to use the outdoor area to develop the skills to run, climb, throw, catch, cycle, as well as a number of others. Teachers facilitate this and follow children’s interests to encourage these skills. Foundation children take part in a structured PE lesson every week and are taught the fundamental movement skills which in turn will set them up to access different sports as they move through the school.
During Key Stage 1, children will build upon the fundamentals that they have been given in Foundation stage and start to apply these to a variety of sports at a basic level. They will become increasingly competent in a range of skills and will have the opportunity to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. The children benefit from external providers for the delivery of their outdoor PE lesson that is games focussed. The class teachers deliver the second PE lesson of the week which is either gymnastics, dance or outdoor adventurous activities.
In Key Stage 2, children will continue to develop skills and learn the rules to a range of sports. They will work collaboratively with others and enjoy communicating and competing with each other. Children will gain an understanding of how to improve as well as evaluate and recognise their own success. Years 3-5 also benefit from external providers for the delivery of their outdoor PE lesson that is games focussed and Year 6 are lucky enough to have their PE taught by MK Dons coaches. The class teachers deliver the second PE lesson of the week which is either gymnastics, dance or outdoor adventurous activities. Throughout the year both Years 4 and 6 will attend 6 weeks of swimming lessons so that they gain the skills to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance, use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
As a school, we pride ourselves on having good links with a range of external providers.
All children in Years 1-5 have the opportunity to take part in both non-competitive and competitive competition through the School Sport’s Partnership festivals and tournaments, these take place regularly throughout the year.
Our Year 5 and 6 children also attend football tournaments at MK Dons and have the option to attend a weekly extra-curricular club ran by MK Dons coaches.
We also have links with other specialist external providers that work alongside our teachers to deliver a range of lessons. We work closely with Luton Town who deliver a range of sports (also alongside our teachers) and particularly focus on developing teacher knowledge.
Kempston Challenger Academy PE teachers deliver the games based lessons for Years 1-5 alongside a sport apprentice. This means children are having lessons planned and delivered by trained specialist PE teachers.
All children from Foundation through to Year 6 have the option to attend extra-curricular clubs. We have a range of clubs for all ages and consider pupil voice when choosing which clubs we run.
Springfield are lucky enough to have weekly cheerleading and ballet clubs ran by Rosie from Inspire Performing Arts as well as street dance which is ran by Maz, all three are very popular amongst the children!
Children are able to attend a Change4Life club which is a campaign to tackle the causes of obesity and encourages children to make choices that will aid them in leading a healthy lifestyle.
Throughout the year we also work with specialist external providers to offer after school clubs such as tag rugby and gymnastics.
Promoting an active lifestyle:
Springfield are committed to encouraging children to lead an active lifestyle outside of their usual PE lessons. It is recommended that all children and adolescents from the ages of 6 to 17, take part in 60 minutes of physical activity a day, 30 minutes of which should take place at school. Following this guidance, we offer lunchtime clubs for football and skipping and our lunch time assistants encourage children to play a variety of games. We take part in a daily mile that children and adults can run or walk. Springfield are also part of an initiative called WOW The Year Round Walk to School challenge, which we have been a part of now for over a year, it provides an incentive for children to walk, cycle, or scoot to school in the form of badges, and our children love collecting these! Children have access to the use of two Activall boards during lunchtimes and at other points throughout the day in order to develop their cardiovascular endurance. These boards, as well as the daily mile are both proven to not only support children’s physical development but improve their behaviour and focus in the classroom, which in turn can lead to improved academic results.
Springfield Primary School have held the status of Gold in the School’s Games mark for 3 years, which recognises the commitment to the development of competition across our school and into the community. It also considers participation of young people across the school, links with clubs, inclusive activities and leadership opportunities.