Birchwood Junior School P.E Statement
Here at Birchwood Junior School, we provide lots of opportunities for all children to participate in sport both within and outside the curriculum. Our P.E curriculum is inclusive and accessible for all, and aims to inspire children to develop their physical confidence in all our lessons. Our curriculum is progressive and allows all children to build on skills they have built on throughout their time in the Birchwood federation. We ensure this by providing 12 different sports within our curriculum, as well as focusing on 6 wellbeing modules in each year. This is vital for us as a school, as we believe that mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness. We also provide a wide variety after school clubs across the different years that further develop our children’s physical confidence and enjoyment. The table below shows the variety of clubs that we offered for Terms 1 and 2 in the last academic year. These change every term, and these clubs have enabled us to build links with local tennis, hockey, football, cricket and netball clubs, and we look forward to building and maintaining more of these links in the future.
Afterschool Clubs Term 1 and 2
After School Club
KS2 Kwik Cricket
Y3/4 Mini Golf
At Birchwood Junior School, we are very proud to be an accredited gold mark sports for the last two years, something that the children and the staff have worked incredibly hard for. We have previously worked with Lincoln City on a daily basis, and we created a unique partnership with them, which has benefited every child here at Birchwood. As well as having dedicated staff, we have a dedicated team of Y5/6 sports ambassadors, who have been trained and help our midday supervisors during lunchtimes to help give children more access to different sports and activities to build on their skills. We are also privileged to work with a P.E apprentice, who works before, during and after school, delivering P.E lessons and clubs to all age groups. These clubs have improved not only the physical confidence across school, but the love of P.E and sports, which is something that is key for the enjoyment of school.
We pride ourselves on giving as many children as possible access to different sports and we continuously send sports teams to compete in a variety of different events. As the table below shows, we entered multiple competitions for all year groups, providing as many opportunities for different children as possible. Our new house system has also enabled even more children than ever to access sporting events at school. We have 4 houses: Red arrows, Brayford Blues, Cathedral Yellows and Lincoln Greens, and each term we have held competitions run by the different houses across all year groups and abilities. This has given the children opportunity to form new friendships, develop their teamwork skills and continued to develop their physical confidence.
Competitively, we have both a boys and girls football team who take part in our local league. Our boys team have won the Lincolnshire league on 3 occasions in recent years and played at Sincil Bank and at the Lincoln City training ground, whilst our girls team has gone from strength to strength since the team started a few years ago, and recently represented Lincoln City in competition across the midlands.
We hope that all these opportunities both inside and outside school will help our children to developed confidence and grow, not only in physical education, but across all aspects of both home and school life.