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Platinum Case Study 2018
At St Aidan's Church of England [Aided] Memorial Primary School we strive to promote healthy and active lifestyles and aim to provide sporting opportunities for all our pupils. We at St Aidan’s Primary School feel strongly that healthy, active children are happier and will achieve more in school life. Our aim is for every child to leave our school physically literate and to have embed a lifelong love for Sport. Every pupil is provided with the opportunity to enjoy sport following the PE curriculum, taking part in two hours of timetabled PE each week.
Sport at St Aidan’s is embed into the day to day life of both staff and children, all staff and children are active each day with either active breaks, PE lessons, before or after school clubs or our active 30:30 programme. Along with all of this we also hold a staff fitness class once a week.
We ensure that all children take part in a minimum of 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous intensity exercise, achieving this though our schools active 30:30 programme, active breaks/playtimes and a wide range of energetic lunch time activities. St Aidan’s active 30:30 is a new programme of the 2017/18 school year, pupils take part in an active session for 15 minutes at the start of the school day and then a further 5 times of 3 minute intervals in the school day. The 30:30 programme is class room based, pupils and staff follow dally activity challenges pushing themselves physically. All 30:30 session are high-interval training (HIIT), HIIT is an effective fat burner, and it has a host of other health benefits: upping pupils VO2 max, burns calories in a short amount of time, helps lose fat, and all session are set around personal challenges and pushing yourself to improve physically. Teachers also ensure that pupils are physically active during lessons by use of active Literacy and Maths activities, for example responding to multiple choice questions by using a) star jump, b) pencil jump or c) jog on the spot for the answer they wish to choose.
The school offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, changing on a termly basis. We pride ourselves on the fact that 100% of our children attend sports clubs, through the use of lunchtime clubs and activities, proving to be very popular. We offer clubs to both KS1 and KS2 throughout the school year, along with sports camps available for children to attend in selected half term breaks.
The school employs a specialist sports coach on a full time basis, delivering PE lessons, before/after school clubs, lunch time and active break sessions also working alongside teaching staff to deliver topic PE lessons that link to the year group’s curricular topic. The coach works closely with teaching staff upskilling their knowledge of sport and physical education, all staff have the opportunity to attend sports CPD courses throughout the school year to develop their knowledge further.
St Aidan’s have 14 active sports club links, from Hartlepool and it’s surrounding areas, with coaches from some clubs volunteering on a weekly basic delivering sports clubs to our pupils. We feel it is important to promote sport not just in school but also outside of school life, as we strongly believe sport is not just a topic it’s a lifestyle.
We are extremely proud of all of our pupils and their sports achievements, in the past four years we have had fantastic success competing in sports tournament. Winning cluster events on a regular basis and becoming a familiar team at Hartlepool School Games tournaments. Also representing Hartlepool in County Finals in sports such as, Cross Country, Short Tennis, Gymnastics, Sports Hall Athletics and Girls football. St Aidan’s Girls football where also Cleveland U11’s Champions in 2016, going on to represent Hartlepool and Cleveland at St Georges Park in national finals and in 2018 the girls team won the Hartlepool Town cup tournament been named Hartlepool u11’s Champions 2017/18.
School Sports Crew plays a fundamental role in the sporting success of the school, the crew meet weekly with the school’s sports coach, discussing sporting issues and leadership responsibilities for the next week. All sports leads deliver active sessions at play times and lunch times. This gives the crew the opportunity to lead session, increasing confidence, problem solving skills, team work and communication skills. The Crew also leads in PE lessons, Schools Games day (Sports Day), National sports week, school sport surveys and after school clubs.
St Aidan’s are always committed to improving upon our sport and PE provisions and to give our children the best possible sports opportunities and experiences.
PE-coordinator and Sports Coach are in regular contact with the School Sports Games organiser, by attending termly cluster meetings and weekly e-mails along with attending sports tournaments lead by the SGO.
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