At Wrenbury Primary School we believe that physical activity is vital to the development of the pupil as a whole. It contributes to the pupils' physical, emotional, mental, intellectual and social development. It also raises aspirations and is a positive contribution to pupils' experiences of school life. The opportunity to increase in skill and creativity is not only an enjoyable experience in itself, but it can also develop other achievements such as: sequencing and graphing skills that relate to mathematics; language skills when listening to instructions and providing feedback about performances; knowledge of the body in action in science; creative skills during dance.
Aims and Purpose
Physical Education and School Sport offers opportunities for pupils to:
Physical Education key aims across the school:
We buy in the services of Sportscape (an external provider) to support with the specialist coaching in PE across the school year. A member of the school staff works closely with Sportscape to ensure the profile of PE in school is high. Yearly and termly planning for PE is done through the Amaven Platform based on teaching skills and games and is directly linked to the competitive opportunities on offer in Crewe and Nantwich, so that children have the skills and confidence to compete.
At Wrenbury, we want to provide our children with lots of opportunities to participate in sporting competition and be part of a team. We subscribe annually to Crewe and Nantwich School Sports Partnership (CNSSP), participating in a range of competitions across the school year including Football, athletics (Townsports and Indoor athletics), Boccia, Cricket, Basketball, Tag rugby, Swimming Gala, Quad kids, Tennis and Dodgeball. We work to ensure that all children, regardless of ability, have the chance to participate in a competition.
We hold an annual competitive Sports Day, where children are actively encouraged to compete in each race.
Across the school year, extra curricular clubs are offered by staff and Sportscape including football, netball and tennis. A Change for Life club has been established to promote sport as a healthy life style choice.
Daily, the children participate in the Wrenbury Walk; two full laps of the school's extensive grounds.
Resources for PE
Our school grounds provides ample outdoor facilities for PE: a hard surfaced netball court; a smaller hard surfaced area; large playing field with goal post and space for a running track; a smaller field for KS1 games; an adventure trail and a traversing wall and a large piece of climbing equipment specifically designed for KS2. We have a hall with climbing apparatus and gymnastic equipment. Resources are kept in a PE storage area on site.
At Wrenbury Primary School we endeavour to provide every child with 2 hours of PE lessons each week, with KS2 receiving 8, 30-minute swimming sessions each year, alongside a range of other opportunities for all pupils. The Childhood Obesity Strategy implemented in 2016, states that every child should get at least 1 hour of moderate to vigorous activity every day. It goes on to state that at least 30 minutes of this should be provided during school time through active break times, PE, extra-curricular clubs, active lessons and other sport/physical activity events. To ensure we are following the Obesity Strategy we provide the following:
Active break times
o Play equipment is provided for break times (e.g. skipping ropes, bats, balls etc.)
o Play leaders — a group of year 6 pupils have been trained through the play leaders scheme to lead active sessions during break times available to any pupils interested
Extra-curricular clubs across the school year
o Cross Country (whole school)
o Change 4 life (for selected less active children)
o Tennis (whole school, Sportscape)
This does not only apply to PE sessions; over the past few years we have been utilising the Maths of the Day programme which provides opportunities to carry out Maths through physical activities. We have also received training on Active Literacy which provides resources for activities to develop Literacy skills through physical activities.
Sport/physical activity events
We aim to enter a wide range of competitions (see below CNSSP section for further details) which cater to the range of needs across our school, some of which have a more competitive nature others are aimed at participation. Alongside competitions we also carry out sporting events at school across the year including Sport Relief/Comic relief, friendly matches/events against local school and sports day.
To ensure all pupils at Wrenbury Primary School receive high quality teaching tailored to their needs we are using the Amaven Physical Literacy Platform. This platform is an assessment and planning tool. Assessments of each pupil's strength, balance, flexibility and agility are tested at the beginning of each term, with results inputted into the platform to generate a series of planning tailored specifically to the needs of each class which focus on a skill and a sport each week. This programme supports the delivery of high quality PE teaching with a consistent approach across school.
School Games Mark
The School Games Mark Award recognises schools for their commitment to school sport and the development of competition across school and in the community. Depending on commitment schools are rewarded with a bronze, silver or gold level at the end of the academic year. For the past two academic years (2016-17 and 2017-18) the school has been awarded the GOLD award.
The Crewe and Nantwich School Sport Partnership supports primary, secondary and special schools across Crewe and Nantwich to deliver the government's policy for school sport, the School Games. We subscribe £500 yearly to the CNSSP, which provides a wide range of competitions/training spread across the school year which cater for the needs of all children.
Whole school participation
Over the past three years at Wrenbury Primary School we have tried to ensure that we are as inclusive as possible, providing all children (in Key Stage 2) with at least one opportunity to take part in a competition against other Crewe and Nantwich Schools.
The table below shows the percentages of children who have participated in at least 1 external competition.
Group Percentage of children who have participated in at least 1 external competition
| KS 2 | 81%|
| KS2 boys | 80% |
| KS2 girls | 81% |
| Year 6 | 100% |
| Year 5 | 60%|
| Year 4 | 57%|
| Year 3 | 92%|
| SEN | 88%|
| PP | 89%|
For Sports Relief all pupils took part in a sponsored Dodgeball competition to raise money for the charity. All pupils take part in the annual Sports day, providing a competitive opportunity for all year groups including our Little Wrens.
School Sport Partnerships
Due to being a small school, we have developed links with Sound Primary School to provide greater opportunities for our pupils to take part in both competitive and non-competitive sports. Since June 2016 we have entered an annual joint team into Town Sports which has been very successful with the team reaching second place overall in Division B (3 Divisions — upto 30 schools). We host friendly football matches between ourselves and Sound (April 2017).
Sainsbury's Active Kids
Each year we take part in the Sainsbury's Active Kids Initiative, collecting the Active Kids vouchers for schools.
Funding for PE at Wrenbury
Through the Sports Premium Grant Funding, we have been able to source the following to support the provision and promotion of high quality PE and physical health at Wrenbury: