PE & Sports
At Badgerbrook, Physical Education (PE) and sport are seen as playing a vitally important role in pupils’ development as rounded and physically active young people. We believe that physical education plays a unique and vital contribution to a pupil’s physical development and well-being. Mr Clarke is our subject lead for P.E. and is also supported by specialist coaches from Football and Fitness who teach outdoor PE lessons.
P.E. is taught to all children, from Foundation Stage to Year 6, enabling them to develop good basic skills at a young age, which they build upon as they progress through the school, through a carefully structured and challenging programme. We seek to provide positive experiences, which will develop an enthusiasm in the children which will see them inspired and involved in sport for many years to come.
At Badgerbrook, we offer a wide variety of individual and team activities: traditional and sportshall athletics, basketball, dodgeball hockey, netball, orienteering, rounders, rugby, swimming, gymnastics, dance and tennis.
The school has looked to extend the opportunities for less confident pupils to play competitive sport. Badgerbrook children have previously had opportunities to participate in benchball, boccia, kurling, multi skills and sportshall athletics competitions.
Every year, Badgerbrook challenges for honours in a number of different sports throughout the school year. We are proud of all of these achievements.
Provision of sport outside school hours has several objectives;
- to provide as many opportunities for as many children as possible to enjoy the thrill and excitement of competition and representing their school with pride.
- 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. Finally, to provide fun activities for as many children as possible.
Providing sufficient opportunities for competitive sport to meet the depth of enthusiasm from the children presents its own challenges. Within primary school sport locally, only cross country (years 3-6) and football (years 4-6) have a season of any real length, both running for almost two terms. As a result, in both of these sports, everyone who would like to run or play can be given the opportunity to do so through lunchtime clubs and try outs. In all other sports, the season is either very short or the competitions are mostly held as a single tournament.
When a selection procedure is required, selection is based upon a number of factors:
- Effort and performance in P.E. lessons.
- Showing a good attitude to others, especially in team sports.
- Where children display similar attributes, sharing opportunities equitably.
- Creating the right balance within a team to enhance the likelihood of giving the children a positive experience.
As well as participating in sport, the older children also take on the role of sports leaders in our vibrant playground. We have invested in playground equipment to make our playtimes as enjoyable and stimulating as possible. Sports ambassadors act as play leaders and represent the school during events and presentations.