At Knighton Mead, our PE and sport curriculum is seen as playing a vitally important role in contributing to pupils’ behaviour and welfare, including their physical, mental and personal well-being.
PE is taught to all children, from our EYFS to Year 6; enabling them to develop good basic skills at a young age which they then build upon as they move through a carefully structured and challenging programme. Knighton Mead aims 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.
At Knighton Mead, we aim to offer a wide variety of individual and team activities: traditional and sports hall athletics, basketball, bench ball, cricket, cross country, dance, football, gymnastics, netball, rounders, rugby, badminton and hockey. As children move through the academic years, they are provided with swimming lessons in Year 2,3,4 and 6 for a term. This enables children to revisit skills they have learnt and our aim is to meet national curriculum requirements so that children leave Year 6 with the ability to swim.
In addition, external enrichments are often organised to give pupils chances to enjoy different sporting activities. These may include: aero ball, abseiling, archery, climbing, high ropes courses, raft building, team hunts, rifle shooting 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.
At Knighton Mead, 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 competition, as well as the pride of representing their school. 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.
Providing sufficient opportunities for competitive sport to meet the depth of enthusiasm for the children presents its own challenges. We aim to provide opportunities to be part of the local Primary Stars football league for both girls and boys in Year 5 and 6. Knighton Mead enters as many teams as we are eligible to, or are able to provide staffing for, to maximise opportunities for all children.
When a selection process is required, selection is based upon a number of factors:
- Effort and performance in P.E lessons
- Attendance and commitment to sport clubs
- Demonstration of good sportsmanship and attitude to others
- Sharing opportunities equally between children displaying similar talents or attributes.
- Providing opportunities for children identified as ‘gifted and talented’ in specific sports
Alongside the curriculum, Knighton Mead works with outside agencies to provide opportunities for both lunchtime and after school clubs. This includes rugby and multi-sports with Leicester Tigers, football with Leicester City Football Club, basketball with Leicester Riders and cricket with Leicestershire County Cricket. As of January 2020, all clubs are free to enable the opportunity for all children to have access to enrichment.