Through the teaching of Physical education, School Sport and Physical activity (PESSPA) at Green Street Green, our children develop a lifelong love and enjoyment of sport. It is not just about discovering ‘that child’ that could be the next Dina Asha Smith, Owen Farrell, Ellie Simmonds or Anthony Joshua. It is about empowering children with the skills, interest and confidence to indulge in sport and physical activity as part of their everyday life.
All our children as athletes are given the opportunity to experience competing and understand fair play. Through the curriculum they develop a broad range of skills in a variety of physical activities. On top of this they understand the importance of sportsmanship leading to good physical and mental health. Sport allows children to regulate their emotions, which supports learning in the RSHE curriculum. In life, as in sport, children need to understand that we should win or lose with grace. Plus whilst we can not always win, losing is important for future learning and growth, as we all learn through our mistakes. With the PE curriculum, from EYFS through into KS1 the children build on key areas of multi skills, team games, dance and gymnastics. In KS2 these building blocks are developed further with invasion games, athletics, racket sports and striking and fielding games. Swimming also forms an integral part of our PESSPA curriculum. Specialist teaching for all year groups allows all children to develop both water safety and swimming stroke technique in line with the National Curriculum requirements. At GSG it is imperative that children have the opportunity to experience a variety of inclusive sports delivered with a high level of coaching expertise. This is possible with portfolio of internal and external sports clubs open to all children, before school, at lunchtime and after school. We also offer the children the opportunity to experience representing their school at a variety of appropriate competition levels, building their confidence, self esteem and resilience. This includes football, netball, athletics, cross country and multi skills. We also run a Sports and fitness enrichment week, where the children experience new sports with coaching delivered by professional coaches, plus ex and current pupils who play at representative level. Alongside this, we share sporting achievements both in and out of school in our Sports Assembly, so that we are promoting sports and activities, as well as celebrating all levels of success. Part of the legacy of the 2012 London Olympics was to inspire future generations to enjoy sport and remain active. At GSG we give our children the opportunity to fulfil their 60 active minutes a day through PE, swimming, the Daily Mile, PE enrichment through coaching support from Sportacus and Jodie Goldsworthy (Sports Coach) and the internal and external sports clubs that we facilitate. We also ensure that the children are active at lunchtime with games, competitions and dance organised by our Year 5 sports leaders.
We aim for all Year 6 pupils to leave school with the skills to competently swim at least 25m and have the skills to self-rescue in the water which are key life skills. PESSPA is highly valued at GSG, because it is integral to providing our children with the rich and balanced learning experience which will allow them to enjoy and make the most out of their childhood and future lives.