PE & Sports Funding
All pupils participate in PE lessons each week. We are able to provide swimming lessons for every child from reception to year 6 throughout the year at Garstang Swimming Pool. PE is taught by PE staff or coaches and we are able to use our Sports Premium money to further train 2 members of staff to enhance their skills.
Indoor PE is taught in the school hall. We have a full range of gym equipment including mats, boxes, a gym horse, climbing frame and ropes. Outdoor PE is taught using the large playground or our extensive field area. Last year we invested in an orienteering course utilising the school grounds, woodland and churchyard.
Pupils in Years 3 and 4 also benefit from working with our small schools cluster to meet with their peers from other small schools at Nateby Gym which is a purpose built professional training gym for the coaching of gymnastic skills.
Our ‘Gifted and Talented ‘Provision also allows us to identify pupils who would benefit from meeting with their peers and working together to develop skills in PE further. This year the focus will be ball skills.
Calder Vale School participate in numerous competitive sporting events throughout the year including:
- indoor and outdoor football
- indoor and outdoor high 5 netball
- indoor and outdoor athletics
- table tennis
- tag rugby
- swimming gala
- cross country running
Our Year 6 pupils join with their friends from Scorton CE Primary to undertake Safer Cycling Proficiency each year. The children learn how to maintain and care for their bikes, safe cycling techniques and how to cycle on roads with traffic.
Legacy: 2016 – 17
With amazing British success in the Rio Olympics and Paralympics- we want to build on the foundations already laid to inspire our pupils. There is a sport for everyone and as a school, we try and introduce our pupils to different types of sporting activities. Success isn’t always about winning, it’s about doing our best, hard work and determination.
We may inspire future Olympic athletes- or we may inspire a more active generation!
Preston North End FC
Friday 2nd September 2016 – As Calder Vale and Scorton School’s have built a good working relationship with PNE through their coaching programe, we were invited to attend a dinner to celebrate their 30th Anniversary of working with the community.
Speakers included John Kay ( Chief Executive of PNE FC), Ben Rhodes (acting chair of trustees), Oshor Williams (former player and assistant director of education for the PFA), Neil Mellor (former player and ambassador to the Trust), Bailey Wright (current player) and Andy Haythornthwaite (head of PNE Community and Education Trust).
It was an interesting and inspiring evening hearing about the excellent projects PNE are involved within the community through theie education trust. We look forward in continuing our close links with PNE.
Sports Premium Grant
The Sports Premium Grant has enabled us to provide added depth and variety of PE provision at Calder Vale Primary School.
We are very fortunate to have different areas around our school where children can be active during their playtimes. The nature area provides a natural environment where children can den build and enjoy running in the woodland space. The grassed area provides space for using the trim track and a small football pitch. On the playground children enjoy using the smaller play equipment, balls, hoops and target games as well as playing netball, basketball and using our new table tennis table!
The school is working to ensure that the improvements are sustainable by:
- ensuring that training is shared across all staff
- planning for PE skills to be used across the curriculum, including healthy lunchtime food, snacks, understanding of health in science etc.
- creating a ‘Keep fit, Stay fit’ ethos that includes the use of Pupil Playtime Leaders to encourage participation in active playtimes and lunchtimes
- working with other schools and the local high school to ensure pupils have healthy attitudes when they transfer to key stage3
- working with experienced key stage 3 staff and external coaches to provide quality teaching experiences and a wide range of sports activities to engage all pupils.