Sport at English Martyrs
“Exercise and recreation are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary, because health is worth more than learning.” Thomas Jefferson
“Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.” John F. Kennedy
At English Martyrs we believe that PE, sport, physical activity, mental health and well-being are all unique contributors to a long , healthy lifestyle.
Intent: We aim for our PE curriculum to provide all children with high quality PE and sports provision. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as lead active, healthy lifestyles. Through our teaching of PE, we will provide opportunities for pupils to develop values and transferrable life skills such as fairness and respect as well as providing them with opportunities to take part in competitive sport.
Implementation: We follow the National Curriculum programme for PE developing our own long term curriculum map to ensure coverage and progression in all areas within this subject. Children at English Martyrs take part in twice weekly high quality PE and sporting activities during curriculum time as well as the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular competitive and non-competitive sport. Our curriculum ensures children are able to experience a wide range of sports and activities We want our children to develop confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of their own and others’ strengths and weaknesses.
Impact: Our curriculum aims to improve the health, well-being and fitness of all the children at English Martyrs, not only through the sporting skills taught but through the underpinning values and disciplines PE promotes. Within our lessons, children are taught about self-discipline and that to be successful you need to take ownership and responsibility of their own health and fitness. Our impact is therefore to motivate children to utilise these underpinning skills in an independent and effective way in order to live happy and healthy lives.
Across key stage one and two we offer competitive and non-competitive situations to cater for all preferences and strengths where children engage in house family competitions and inter-school competitions, where achievement is recognised and celebrated as a whole school. We are very proud to be the first school in Rutland to have been awarded a Platinum School Games Mark as well as being overall winners in the school sports competition 4 years running. We are committed to developing our children to be the best they can be in competitive school sport.
Rugby World Cup
The children had a super time watching the England Rugby Game on Thursday. This is us celebrating George Ford scoring a conversion! Just a few more matches before England become the World Cup champions (maybe).
Platinum School Games Mark
For the academic year 2018/2019 we were lucky enough to Qualify for Platinum status for the School Games Mark. Due to the standard of this achievement we will continue to carry platinum status for 2019/2020!
We are the first and only school in Rutland to achieve this so we are very proud!
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
With a total of young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
A special thanks to everyone who has helped us achieve this!