Physical Education and Sport
Physical Education at Woodlands
According to the most recent publication released by the Youth Sports Trust (Youth Sport Trust, Strategy 2018-2022), the power of sport, physical education and physical activity should be used to build:
* individual life skills, such as: confidence, resilience, teamwork and creativity
* connections between people: inclusive opportunities, community cohesion
* enhanced support networks
and which increase life chances through:
*greater attainment and achievement
*improved physical, social and emotional wellbeing
‘By using the power of sport, we invest in young people as the foundation of our society and provide a development pathway to adulthood. We know that by raising the quality of PE and sport in schools through high quality interventions, we can improve standards, increase achievements and raise attainment levels to fundamentally impact on young people’ s lives.’
Sir John Beckwith CBE President, Youth Sport Trust
At Woodlands, our intent is to use Physical Education as a vehicle to build confidence, increase self-esteem, develop motor skills, acquire knowledge and cultivate positive values and attitudes for the development of an active and healthy lifestyle. We aim to deliver high-quality PE lessons that will inspire every child to succeed and excel. We also endeavour to provide children with a variety of extra-curricular sporting clubs and events to partake in.
PE at Woodlands provides children with the opportunity to learn and develop skills which can then be used within a team and/or individual sport. We provide the children with experiences in a range of team sports and individual activities such as football, tag rugby, basketball, gymnastics and dance as well as less mainstream sports such as judo, archery and orienteering.
At Woodlands, we teach 2 hours of PE every week. 1 hour is dedicated to outdoor units, such as football, tennis, athletics, basketball, and 1 hour is dedicated to indoor topics which include dance, gymnastics and judo. The units of work will change every half term for both the indoor and outdoor PE sessions. As a school we are also committed to helping children achieve their 60 minutes of physical activity every day. One way we support this is by completing our Daily Golden Mile. We also have sports coaches available at lunch time to play and support sport games with the children.
As part of out School Sport Partnership, staff are offered many CPD opportunities to enhance and develop their own subject knowledge and confidence in teaching PE. We endeavour for each year group to have one PE topic supported by specialist coaches who work closely with our teaching staff to further develop the skills, knowledge and confidence of both them and our children.
School Games Mark
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games GOLD Mark award for the 2022/23 academic year.
The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust, to reward and recognise a school's engagement in the School Games against a national benchmark and to celebrate keeping young people active.
Our school sport achievements for this year include: competing in county finals for y5 football and y5/6 girls football, as well as achieving multiple 1st places at the swimming gala. We have also achieved silver and gold at multiple events such as other football and athletics. We have also entered tournaments in new sports for the first time as a school. These included cricket and tag-rugby.
We are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of physical activity and school sport. We are committed to using the School Games to try and engage those young people who haven't previously been active or represented our school and to try and ensure that all our students have a positive experience and want to try out new activities beyond school too. As a school, we firmly believe in the power of physical activity and school sport