Our PE curriculum philosophy and approach develops children’s physical literacy, emotional and thinking skills to help them achieve in school, sport and life. Lessons are planned to enable children to develop their core movement skills (agility, balance & coordination) and reflect the National Curriculum’s four key aims:
Our Year 5 children have weekly swimming lessons at Greenbank Leisure Centre in Swadlincote. We prioritise those children who are least confident by giving them 30 weeks of lessons.
“Going 4 Gold” is our latest whole school physical challenge, which encourages all children to be more physically active and record their weekly activity to help the school “run” to Australia and back over the school year. The challenge ensures each child runs at least 1 km per week. It creates a culture of being physically active and helps us to meet the government’s most recent expectation for children to be physically active for at least 30 minutes per day.
Our extra-curricular sporting offer increases all the time with a wide range of before-school, lunchtime and after-school activity clubs.
Our involvement in School Sport is particularly exciting with the level of participation in competitions doubling since 2015-16 with all but 4 children in Year 6 representing school in inter-school competitions. The school has competed in district, county and for the first time a regional competition. We are delighted that 169 children (65% of the school) have taken part in over 50 different competitions at district, county, regional and national level. In 2016-17 our honours included:
J Boys Football District Champions
J Mixed Tag Rugby District Champions
J Tri-Golf District Champions
J Girls Football District and County Champions which led to representing Derbyshire in FA English
Schools Regional Tournament
J Girls Kwik Cricket District and County Champions (2016 and 2017)
J Table Tennis District and County Champions with one girl going on to be runner-up in a National
J Sportshall Athletics and Area Sports District Champions
Even though it has been a year of such success and so many achievements, the most exciting development is the inspirational effect of our older players on those in lower school. We are now beginning to see the power of participating in sport and physical activity and how it can increase self-esteem and confidence for all children.
Children at MJS are learning how to be: intelligent players, creative performers and determined participants.