PE & Sport
Welcome to our PE page, where you can keep up to date with all things sports and physical activity in our school.
This year in PE, we are continuing to build on the fantastic levels of participation and engagement from our children in sport and physical activity. We are very aware that P.E and sport at The Willows will be different this year, both with limitations due to social distancing and also mixing between classes. While competitions may be limited and while certain sports and activities will no doubt have to be modified, we as a school are thoroughly commited to ensuring every child accesses two hours of quality P.E and sport per week as well as the additional health and fitness opportunities that the Golden Mile programme offers.
We have all been working very hard to improve our fitness so far this year by using the Golden Mile programme, which has had huge success since being introduced a few years ago. Golden Mile is a challenge by choice activity where the children run a pre-measured course and record their laps to track fitness and distances ran every week! We have weekly updates in assemblies every Friday; something the children are very competitive about! Last year we managed to run over 12’000 miles as a school, nearly half way around the world – we are aiming to match that figure again this year. We have seen a great increase in both the children’s engagement and ability in fitness activities since introducing The Golden Mile at The Willows.
Child engagement and variety are very important to us at The Willows when teaching P.E. Following Lancashire P.E schemes of work, a wide range of sports and physical activities are taught at The Willows including Gymnastics, Dance, fundamental movements, football, golf, tennis, cricket, rounders, netball, basketball, badminton, tag rugby and athletics.
We will keep you posted about our school sport competitions at Carr Hill below, as well as updating with the exciting opportunities we have had in P.E throughout the year!
After School Sports Clubs
Unfortunately, until further notice our after school sports clubs will not be running. This is not possible at the moment as we cannot allow any sports coaches or providers to enter the school premises and children are not allowed to mix between classes due to National Guidelines either. We hope this can change later in the year to offer some of the popular clubs we have run in previous years like KS2 Basketball club, KS2 Football club, KS1 Multi skills, KS2 Cricket club, KS1 Football club. We also have new exciting clubs planned for when after school provision can continue like fencing and even Quidditch!
The Golden Mile is a safe, simple and measurable health & physical activity initiative accessible to all our pupils regardless of age or ability. We aim to inspire and encourage our school community through physical activity with the focus on fun, rewarding personal achievement, raising money and school competition.
We reinforce the message from the Department of Health that children should engage in regular daily physical activity habits across the week, every week all year round.
The Golden Mile is an ALL YEAR ROUND initiative whereby pupils and staff can get involved. We can either walk, jog or run around our Golden Mile track and then record our laps ready for the Year 6 children to collate the results and announce in assembly who our weekly winners are.
Inter-House Handball Competition
Fearing that there the children’s opportunities for competition in Sport and P.E was being hampered due to the Covid-19 pandemic and not being able to mix bubbles, we held an inter-house handball competition across school. Each class held their own inter-house tournament throughout the week and the scores were sent to the Year 6 House Captains who collated the overall whole-school results. These results were then read out by the Year 6 House Captains and shared across school via a video link which all other classes watched eagerly.
The results were very close, but it was our red team St Theresa who were crowned the Willows handball champions! Well done to our worthy winners, the children of St Theresa!
Staff members across school commented on how much fun the chil;dren had, how excited by the competitive nature they had been and how much they were looking forward to the next competition. Aside from the scoring and winning, the children showed great team work and great resilience with many teams winning from a losing position. Well done everyone for your enthusiasm and we are so glad you all enjoyed playing handball so much!
Inter – House Dodgeball Tournament
During our final week of the first half term, all of our classes held an inter-house dodgeball tournament where scores were added up to find out which house was victorious across school. The children had a brilliant time playing dodgeball, showing fantastic agility and great sportsmanship. Our Year 6 children collated the results and announced our winning house, St Joseph’s, over a video link with the other classes. Well done everyone!
We will be holding inter-house competitions every half term to keep up our competitive spirit and give our children more opportunities to compete in different sports.