Pupils at Ball Green Primary experience sport and health related fitness in a number of ways, through the curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities. All children receive a minimum of 2 hours of physical activity each week. The PE curriculum is designed so that all children experience a wide range of sports and activities that they can continue into later life. These include gym, dance, football, netball, rugby, hockey, badminton, tennis, rounders, athletics and many more.
The importance of lifelong health and fitness runs throughout the whole curriculum teaching the children positive habits. All children get the opportunity to go swimming so they can develop water confidence, improved safety and understanding around water and the development of recognised strokes.
Several themed weeks link PE with a number of events in the wider world and other areas of the curriculum. This includes competition week, Olympic week and Invictus games week. The latter focuses on raising the awareness of disability and inclusion. In this way it easy to see how PE is used at Ball Green Primary to help tackle wider issues. Invictus week is a favourite among the children and Stoke Spitfires come in to deliver wheelchair basketball alongside boccia, new age curling and goal ball.
There are plenty of extra-curricular opportunities available, both competitive and non-competitive. The aim is for all children to experience some form of competition against other schools and represent our own. The school competes in level 1, 2 and 3 competitions and has achieved success at county level.
Port Vale Football club support the school in delivery of sporting clubs and provide exciting sports activities during the school day. Their after school options include less traditional approaches to exercise such as laser tag and zorb football.
The sports council works closely with the Mr Colclough the PE lead so the children can make decisions and shape the way they experience sport and health.
Primary school PE and sport funding
The government is providing additional funding to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.
Purpose of funding
Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport.
From September 2013 schools will be held to account over how they spend their additional ring-fenced funding. After the first year Ofsted will carry out a survey reporting on the first year’s expenditure of additional funding and its impact.