In the heart of Dartmoor with an ethos of aspiration and achievement we ensure that physical activity and sport is an important part of each and every day.
The aim of physical education in our school is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Children are taught to observe the conventions of fair play, honest competition and good sporting behaviour as individual participants, team members and spectators. Children take part in games, gymnastic movement, dance and athletic activities using indoor and outdoor environments where appropriate. Children can take part in after school clubs and have the opportunity to compete against other schools. Children have swimming lessons in the spring and summer terms in our own school pool. Our PE Co-ordinator facilitates a wide range of coaching sessions including tennis, gymnastics, hockey, football, dance, yoga, cycling, athletics, Dartmoor 3 ball and tag rugby.
PE and Sport Premium
We love being active and out and about at our school. We have our school playground, hall, field and access to the village tennis courts. The government has committed to spend a total of £320 million on improving physical education and sport in primary schools for the 2019/20 academic year. This funding is protected and therefore can only be spent on the provision for PE and sport in schools. The aim is to ensure every primary school teacher is professionally supported to develop young people’s physical literacy with the same skill and passion as language literacy and numeracy.
Academic Year 2019-2020 Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School
Amount of PE and Sport Premium: £16,000 (approx) and is likely to remain in place for the next 3 years.
How the 2019-2020 PE and Sport Premium will be spent:
- Dartmoor School Sports Partnership
- Contribution to the employment of the PE specialist to continue leading development of the sports curriculum across the school.
- Fun fit for targeted children.
- THRIVE interventions through activity and sports.
- Increasing participation opportunities.
- Working with specialist sports coaches to continue additional sporting activities. (football, dance, gymnastics, Dartmoor 3 ball, cross country, cyclo cross, lifesaving, multiskills)
- Running and participating in sporting competitions within the Academy and other local schools.
- Affiliation to local sports associations
- Contributing running costs of our heated swimming pool so we can provide additional support on site to meet the required standard in swimming.
- Running after school clubs.
- Ensure we develop outdoor learning provision including providing forest school for R/Y1,
- Enhance lunchtime play provision.
- Organising intra school house competitions.
- Provision for Pupil Premium pupils/SEND children. Dance project, chill out club, access to paid after school sporting clubs.
PE and Sport at Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School.
At Widecombe, PE and sport are seen as playing a vitally important role in pupils’ development as rounded and physically active young people. In recent years, a substantial amount of money has been allocated towards teaching expertise and resources. PE is taught to all children, from Foundation Stage to Year 6, enabling them to develop good basic skills at a young age, which they then build upon as they move through the school, through a carefully structured and challenging programme. We aim to provide children with positive experiences which will develop an enthusiasm in the children which will see them inspired and involved in sport for many years to come.
We offer a wide variety of individual and team activities: athletics, cricket, cross country, cycling, dance, football, gymnastics, High five, Dartmoor three ball, handball, tag rugby, swimming, tennis, yoga, hockey, circus skills. We also appreciate the effect of physical activity on enabling children to focus and engage in their learning. As a result we promote daily physical exercise and have play leaders to organise games at playtimes.
In addition, during the residential trips, the children in Upper Dart are given the opportunity to enjoy different sporting activities. These include: abseiling, archery, climbing, high ropes courses, canoeing, zip wire, bikes, body boarding and many other team building challenges. This has always proved highly successful with children both developing new skills and showing a significant increase in confidence and self-esteem.
The opportunities for children to take part in a wide variety of afterschool sporting clubs had increased dramatically since the funding was put in place and many children take advantage of this. This year (2019) clubs continue to grow in popularity. The provision for sports outside of school has two main objectives. One is to provide as many opportunities as possible for children to enjoy the thrill and excitement of sport and activity in the hope it sets them up for a lifelong active lifestyle. The other is meeting the challenge of providing the children who have been identified as ‘gifted and talented’ with opportunities to extend themselves in competition against similar children from other schools. As a result, each year we enter teams into as many competitions as possible.
Widecombe has also developed links with local sports associations including tennis and cricket for the benefit of the children and this has resulted in coaches coming into school to run sessions in a variety of sports. This has provided pathways for children to join clubs outside school to further their enjoyment and participation.