The School Games Mark awards schools and other educational establishments for their commitment to and development of competition, school sport, physical education and physical activity. It stipulates a criteria to help all institutions assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the award.
In order to achieve a School Games Make award, schools must show that they provide pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum which actively encourages pupils to engage with physical activity through lessons, extra-curricular activities and sporting competitions.
Over the past year at The Meadows, we have been committed to providing pupils with high quality PE provision and a range of extra-curricular clubs (including alternative sports). During the course of 2017-2018 we were able to provide the following clubs:
- Fitness Fun
In addition, we provided pupils with enrichment activities such as:
- Bikeability Y6
- 2hr Climbing at Kilnworx session Y3/4
- 2hr Climbing at Kilnworx session Y5/6
- Y5/6 residential – climbing, caving, BMX, night walk, archery 2 ½ days
- Father’s Day sporting activity
- Trampolining – 2 hr Taster Session with Jump2It
- Sports Day 2hrs whole school activity cycle
- 1 hr fitness circuit and assault course Y3/4
- 1 hr fitness circuit and assault course Y5/6
- Zumbathon -9:30-4:40 whole and parents
- Dancing in Fun Maths – 5 mins per day
Many of our pupils were also given many opportunities to compete, for example in the:
Rounders Tournament Boys
Rounders Tournament Girls
Furthermore, we have extablished strong links with local clubs including: Leycett Cricket Club, Stoke City, and Jump2It. Pupils have earned Community Ambassador awards by leading assemblies promoting sports such as:
- Codie – Skiing at the Festival Park
- Sky – Pepper Street Dance
- Amelia and Matilda – Trampolining at Jump2It and Stoke Elite
I am delighted to inform you that we have earned the Bronze Games Mark award as a result. I am so proud of the commitment shown by all staff members and pupils to promoting physical activity and competitions within school. What a remarkable achievement for such as small school with only a handful of teachers and no hall.
We narrowly missed out on a Silver award since we were unable to provide a B team at some competitions. This is something we will work on this year as we continue to be committed to providing our pupils with the very best of learning opportunities. We are aiming for a Gold this year!
Look out for more blogs during the course of the year, particularly from our new Sports Ambassador Jake, in order to find out how we are progressing.