Sports at Milverton School
Welcome to Our Sports Page
At Milverton School we value the importance of PE and sport and enjoy participating in a variety of sporting activities, both in the school day and after school.
We believe that PE and sport make a major contribution to the development of both the individual pupil and the whole school. Pupils are provided with opportunities to develop self-confidence in their ability to manage themselves and their bodies through a wide range of situations. We endeavour to to provide stimulating, enjoyable, safe and challenging environments where pupils can achieve success and will be motivated to further their potential. We want to inspire children to participate in physical activity beyond school life and throughout adulthood.
Curriculum PE and Sport
We aim to provide the children with two hours of PE during curriculum time, as well as a variety of after school cubs each week. Teaching staff have received training to deliver their own PE lessons using a very successful scheme of work and they continue to receive CPD to up-skill. We also use a company called Premier Sports who deliver some of our PE lessons. This is a company of trained and skilled PE specialists who deliver some of the classes PE lessons and also some of the sports after school clubs such as football, gymnastics and multi-games. We find that this system is works well and engages the children very successfully in their physical education. Children in Years 3 and 4 receive swimming lessons. Last year, as part of our well-being focus, the children enjoyed yoga sessions delivered by a trained yoga coach and also received First Aid training.
During the year we also provide other enriching activities. Reception Class have a set of balance bikes and bicycles. A trained member of staff works with small groups to teach the children to balance and ride and this has been very successful. The older children take part in Bikeability where they learn how to cycle safely on the road. Cyclists also take part in grass track cycling competitions during the Summer Term.
Last year, the children enjoyed a 'Skip2BFit' workshop which started a skipping craze around school. The school has a set of skipping ropes to continue to challenge the children. We run School Games Day every year, which is supported by our Premier Sports coaches. They run a host of different activities during the day such as handball, soft archery, foil fencing, athletics activities and jail ball. On our last School Games Day we were also visited by Paralympian David Hill who gave an inspiring talk to the children.
The school is involved with the 'Golden Mile' initiative that challenges children to run to gain rewards and certificates. This is about personal achievement and our Year 5 children run the activity for the whoever would like to take part on a daily basis. We also try to include this into our general sports education.
In September 2017, we started Forest School in our fabulous school grounds. Each week, a different class spend a morning at Forest School with a qualified teacher, learning about the outdoors. This always includes a lot of running around!
Our annual Sports Day (different to our School Games Day) is an all-inclusive, fun day which begins with an opening ceremony, a round robin of different games and then finishing with individual races. We have a house system at school (names after our wonderful trees: Cork Oak, London Plane, Horse Chestnut and Blue Cedar). This works brilliantly for sports activities where the children can compete against each other in house teams. We teach about Olympic and Paralympic values and award stickers to children who demonstrate any of these values.
Our playgrounds are divided into Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 areas. There are resources boxes for each playground with a variety of equipment for the children to use. These boxes are replenished regularly by our Year 6 Sport Leaders. The Key Stage 2 children are also lucky enough to have access to an adventure playground. Key Stage 1 children have a trim trail in their playground. Some Year 6 children have also been trained as Playground Leaders to lead games and activities in the Key Stage 1 playground during break times.
After School Clubs
We run a number of after-school cubs which are run by staff and Premier Sports coaches. These have included football, netball, gymnastics, hockey, multi-games, fencing, rounders, as well as a club for children that do not regularly attend sports clubs called Alternative Sports Club. We also enjoy promoting local sports clubs and there is an extensive list on the sports noticeboard which children can access. We also have children in school who act as Sports Ambassadors for the clubs that they attend outside of school. They promote their club during assemblies and provide encouragement to the other children to join.
All the children enjoy intra-sport competitions. These are often organised within classes as well as during break time by our Year 6 Sports Leaders. In the past we have held dodgeball, basketball skills, athletics skills, rounders, team games, kurling, football and netball. We buy into Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP). This means that children are given the opportunity to be involved in sports festivals with children from other schools which are held at our local secondary school, Kingsmead Academy as well as orienteering festivals at Norton Manor Camp. The children access inter-school (level 2) tournaments and competitions which are organised by SASP and held at venues around Taunton. We have had great success with football, athletics, cross country running, tennis, badminton, netball and rounders. Our badminton players won the regional (Level 3) trophy at Millfield School in 2015. We have also won the trophy for rounders many times over the years!
Recently, our successes have been in cross country running, grass track cycling and kwik cricket. The latter two have taken us to competing against other top teams in Somerset. We were 2nd in Somerset in 2018 for grass track cycling! Opportunities are also provided for all children to have a go with our 'friendly' and 'can-do' fixtures in several sports and across Key Stage 2 and Year 2. To access fixtures and results please visit the SASP website https://www.sasp.co.uk/school-sport1
SASP also provides Sport Performance Academies and Leadership days for children in Year s 5 and 6,as well as training for staff.
We have a group of Year 6 Sports Leaders who have attended leadership training days. They have used this for personal development and to help organise and run sports activities in school. They have held intra-sport, intra-house competitions during break and lunchtimes and helped to run the local cluster Reception Class sports festivals with great success.
We celebrate the children's sporting achievements, including those outside of school, using a sports noticeboard in school and informing parents via the weekly newsletter, the Friday Flyer, which you can find here.