Hollymount School Sports School Provision Report
PE and Sport are celebrated across the school with such events as sports day, inter house competitions and the sport relief mile. Children who have taken part in events or achieved sporting success are often celebrated in whole school events such as assembly. The school ethos ‘Only my best is good enough’ is incorporated into the sport and PE within the school and the children are aware that they are expected to give their all and try their best whatever the subject. PE is used in a cross curricular approach especially to those subjects that tie in well with sport, exercise and teams, e.g PSHE, Science. However there is more room for creative cross curricular approaches to be taken up in other subject areas by the school. School sports regularly engage with parents as they are invited too and kept well informed of sporting events and inter school competitions. Good inter school links are already established with football matches being especially frequent with swimming and netball also taken place across different local schools. During these inter school matches children are taught fair play and good sports etiquette. This also gives children a chance to meet and compete or learn with children of a same age within a close community.
PE has detailed long and short term plans that outline the goals and expectations in each year group. This allows teachers to target specific areas of the PE curriculum for specific groups of children whilst ensuring groups of children are given opportunity to progress and achieve. Staff leadership appreciate the value of sport and PE and help ensure appropriate sport provision is provided throughout school and beyond into the surrounding community. The next step is now to ensure regular PE CPD is provided for those staff who would like to enhance their own PE teaching.
The PE curriculum is diverse providing children with new and exciting opportunities to improve their skills and experience from using inside and outside school facilities to local swimming pools and gymnastic centres of excellence. Providing these diverse opportunities help the children to gain confidence in new environments, trust both staff and each other whilst enabling opportunities they might not get outside of school. These opportunities can spark an interest in different sports that carry on outside of school time with children joining local sporting organisations for themselves .e.g Worcester City Gymnastics. Although the school uses a range of environments to deliver the PE curriculum it insures these are appropriately safe with regular and specific risk assessments being carried out for specific activities and groups of children. All pupils are timetabled 2 hours of PE a week. There are some opportunities for children to develop their own coaching/officiating skills although these are quite limited and could be an area the school looks into as a means to further embed the PE curriculum.
Quality of teaching and learning
The quality of PE lessons are good to outstanding. All pupils are encouraged to participate. The school ethos reinforces the emphasis on participation and children are encouraged to try their best. The majority of pupils make good progress in PE. This progress is tracked and recorded by staff and clearly reported to parents during consultation evenings and within school reports.
High quality PE outcomes
Most pupils are highly engaged and motivated during PE lessons. Behaviour is good across a range of PE lessons which enables children to access the environments and knowledge on offer to them. This in turn allows children to challenge themselves and make key decisions responsibly and effectively.. Children are exposed to good life style choices at school through wholesome school dinners, cooking lessons, nutritional information, healthy eating lessons and health centred lunch time activities such as ‘energy club’.
The sports premium funding has funded swimming lessons in a fully lifeguarded leisure centre as well as paying for high quality gymnastics coaching in a centre of excellence for all children from Reception to Year 6. This has given children full access to facilities that they might otherwise not have experienced. These facilities can cater for children of a range of ages including disabled children. Such exposure has prompted children to take part in inter school competition such as swimming galas as well as using skills they have acquired in a wider school context such as gymnastics in school talent shows. Numerous pupils have represented the school at different sports and their achievements are often celebrated.
Staying physically active
The school is committed to promoting every child to be active and healthy. Staff are able to target children that are less active and help address the barriers to their participation. The school offer informal physical activity such as playground equipment, energy club, lunch time sports clubs and playtime apparatus such as tires assault courses. Children are given the opportunity to choose these activities for themselves. Positive attitudes towards active and healthy lifestyles are encouraged.
Budgets are monitored regularly enabling the school to see which elements will have the greatest and most sustainable impact. The PE budget directly improves the provision the school can offer the children in facilities and expertise. This helps foster important life skills, friendships, community cohesion, personal achievements and self-worth, knowledge and understanding of health and exercise in a safe, diverse and enjoyable way for the children and staff.