Clubs and Sports
Our work is planned in accordance with the National Curriculum for Physical Education 2014, which aims to ensure that all children:
- Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities;
- Are physically active for sustained periods of time;
- Engage in competitive sports and activities;
- Lead healthy, active lives.
We are pleased to offer at least two hours of sports education as part of our school curriculum, with a variety of other opportunities delivered outside of school hours as our commitment to achieving these aims.
Games and Gymnastics
Mr Wing, our sports coach, plans and delivers a varied PE curriculum with the support of other staff members and in collaboration with the class teachers. Children learn to play all kinds of sports such as cricket, netball, badminton, handball and tag rugby, as well as a course of gymnastics in the spring term and athletics in the summer. All lessons involve an element of SAQ (Speed Agility and Quickness training) to build up their stamina, as well as practising individual skills, learning fair play and team tactics.
Our teaching and learning recognises the seven values associated with the Olympics. These are made up of three Olympic values – Friendship, Respect and Excellence – along with the four Paralympic values – Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality. These values underpin the way we approach sports at Waltham School.
Our dance Coach, Miss Cheryl, works with all classes, delivering a varied programme which excite and motivate the children. Children will learn a range of dance styles, building up to a performance to the rest of the school and community. Dancing is really helping to develop the fitness of the children along with teaching them some cool new moves!
Children in Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 have weekly swimming lessons during the first half of every term.
Mrs Saunders, a team of assistants and family members help with supervision travel to the Waterfield Leisure Centre in Melton Mowbray where there are two pools for all abilities. The children are taught by fully qualified swimming instructors. Children work towards specific targets and are rewarded with certificates when they complete each stage.
More able swimmers are taught aspects of survival training, whilst new swimmers are sensitively encouraged to feel safe in the water before learning correct strokes and water skills.
Physical Development in Reception
Physical development in Reception is a slightly broader area than just PE.
Children will learn skills such as walking, running, skipping, jumping, balancing and not bumping into things. As well as developing the gross motor skills that are required to move about safely, children also need to develop control of all the smaller muscles which, for example, move when we pick something up – these take time to develop and come through using and playing with objects such as cutlery, cars, jigsaws, construction activities and other playthings.
From this the children develop body-confidence which encourages them to want to push a car along a track, ride a trike, climb on a stump or jump in a puddle. As children develop control and coordination they eventually learn how to handle items such as a pen or pencil, a pair of scissors and a paint brush.
Apart from the free flow curriculum planned to enable the children to access activities designed to develop their physical ability such as those mentioned above, the children will join in with additional activities planned by Mr Wing, as well as accessing further experiences in our woodland project.
Girls Football Team: Winners 2014/15.
At our school we enter and participate in many sporting tournaments across the Vale of Belvoir and Melton communities. These have also led us to participate in events in wider parts of Leicestershire, such as cross country events. Some key achievements that we have recently achieved include:
- Vale and Melton Girls Football tournament winners Summer 2014/15
- Vale and Melton Mixed Hockey Winners Spring 2015/16
- Vale and Melton Basketball runners up Spring 2015/16
- County finalists in cross country
We went on to represent the Vale and Melton Schools in the county finals in both girls' football and hockey. Our whole school community was very proud of them.
School Sports Day
Our annual sports day occurs during the summer term. Here all parents, carers and children participate in a morning of competitive games.
The children are placed into their family teams and compete against each other through a range of activities, such as tunnel relay, water race, beanbag shuttle and ball balance relay. They then compete in year group sprint races, where again the scores are aggregated and added to the final team school. Then, the children compete for the final points through a tug of war competition, followed by a mums 'n' dads tug of war match.
At the end of the morning, the children take part in an awards ceremony, where the points achieved by each team member throughout the day are counted up to give us our school champions.
Our mums winning the tug-of-war.
Children cheered on by families and friends.
The winning team collect their trophy before doing a lap on honour for the cheering crowds.
Football is open to all our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children, during the autumn and summer term and is run on Monday after school by two parents and a member of the pre-school team. All three are qualified football coaches and welcome all abilities to what is a well-structured training session.
Multi-Sports Club *
Multi-sports is an after school club run by our PE specialist teacher Mr Wing. It is open to all children in Key Stage 2 and is run on Thursday after school.
Children are taught skills for a range of sports, such as tennis, football, badminton, cross-country, athletics and many more. Mr Wing selects the programme based on the interests of the children as well as helping them to prepare for tournaments. It is a popular club as they have so much fun.
Holiday Club *
Holiday club is run during the summer holidays by Mr Wills. It is open to all children in the school and can run for either one or two weeks depending on the need of parents.
Here children explore teamwork and the outdoors through a range of 'forest school' experiences. They also participate in a range of wider curriculum activities, such as, arts and crafts, ICT, science investigations, cooking, drama and exploring the surroundings of the school.
After School Club *
Please see our After School Club page for further details of what's on offer.
Other clubs also take place, many led by the children themselves and so vary each term/year according to their interests. Some clubs that have been on offer include, for example:
- Reading Café
- Drawing Club
- Chess Club
- Pokeman Club
- French Club
Older children also do a course of Bikeabilty and take part in high rope adventurous activities on their Residential to Dukes Barn.
Mr Jackson invites all children from across the school to attend a lunch time music club where they learn lots of fun songs to perform to others.
Our children love performing so this is a popular club!
* These are activities that parents happily pay for. Further details can be obtained from the school office.