Clubs and Sports
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.
To find out more about getting active in our area, see the Melton Sport and Health Alliance website (external link).
Games and Gymnastics
Warming up, ready to learn and compete.
Mr Wing, 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 Redmile School.
As we have a lovely school hall and large playing field for teaching PE we can offer a variety of learning opportunities all year round, whatever the weather.
Our dance teacher, Cheryl, works with all classes, delivering a varied programme which excites and motivate the children. Children will learn a range of dance styles (from ballroom and Latin, to disco and country dancing), 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!
Performing to an audience is really important to us.
Learning how to Morris Dance.
Children in Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 have weekly swimming lessons during the spring and summer terms. Mr Williams, a team of assistants and family members help with supervision to the Leisure Centre in Bingham 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.
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 Mr Wing, as well as accessing further experiences in our woodland project.
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 recently achieved include:
- Vale and Melton Basketball champions 2016/17
- Vale and Melton Mixed Hockey Winners 2016/17
- County finalists in cross country 2016/17
- County finalists in basketball and hockey 2016/17
We have a trophy cabinet full to bursting which we are very proud of.
Dribbling to victory!
School Sports Day
Our annual sports day occurs during the summer term. Here all children, parents/carers and family members, including toddlers, 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 and javelin, where again the scores are aggregated and added to the final team score. 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.
Learning together. Having fun.
Multi-sports is an after school club run by our PE specialist teacher Mr Wing. It is offered, free of charge, twice a week: one session for Reception and Key Stage 1 children, the other for Key Stage 2 children.
Children are taught skills for a range of sports, such as tennis, football, badminton, cross-country, athletics and many more. Mr Wing selects the programme based on the interests of the children as well as helping them to prepare for tournaments. They are popular clubs as they have so much fun.
Early Morning Club
In order to promote readiness for learning, we offer an early morning, multi-sports club, led by Mr Wing. The sessions begin at 8am, twice a week and gives the children an opportunity to arrive early, get energised and ready for the day with their friends in a fun, relaxed environment.
We ask for a small donation towards the running costs, although the club is heavily subsidised by school.
We made a quilt showing our school’s history.
This is organised and led by Grandma Sue, who is ably assisted by other parent/governor volunteers. The children have become very adept at not only using a sewing needle but are also nifty with a sewing machine too!
Many of the children have saved up their own pocket money to buy their own sewing machine, which they bring in every week to make their next design.
They produce some beautiful work, most of which they take home and keep.
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:
- Glee Club
- Reading Café
- Drawing Club
- Cheerleading Club
Older children also do a course of Bikeability and take part in adventurous activities on their Residential to Kingswood, in Cromer.
Mr Cope and Mrs Copeland invite all children from across the school to attend a lunch time music club where they learn lots of fun songs to perform to others.
Some of our children love performing so this is becoming a popular club!