For the 2nd consecutive year, we have been awarded the School Games Gold Mark Award which recognises our school’s commitment to ensuring that all children participate in PE and sport to a high standard, in and out of school. We are aiming to achieve the Gold Award again this year. Through sporting activities, we intend to develop a sense of fair play, co-operation and team spirit - the qualities of good sportsmanship are strongly encouraged at Joy Lane. Throughout the two hours of PE a week, all children are expected to participate at their individual level of physical ability while the importance and benefits of exercise are stressed at all times.
Activities include invasion games, gymnastics, swimming, dance, athletics, development of ball and apparatus skills and formal team games. We also take part in The Daily Mile scheme – or alternatively, the Daily Dance. During our dance and gymnastics lessons, the children have access to and are encouraged to use the wall climbing frames and, for the lower school children, the soft play equipment. These unique apparatuses allow the children to confidently and safely explore different movements and realise their own limitations within a safe environment. Having a tailored approach to the Physical Education element of the National Curriculum allows the children of Joy Lane Primary School to follow a deliberate pathway from the early stages of discovery right through to mastery. This, in turn, benefits the children when it comes to competing in School Games competitions, and sets them up to become healthily competitive and able young sportspeople.
Children will follow a naturally progressive programme of study which builds on their previous knowledge and skills and enables them to become capable and confident in their own abilities. It also allows them to appreciate and develop more unique skills such as communication, resilience, respect, tolerance and creativity. The children at Joy Lane Primary School benefit as a whole from this programme of study, which supports those who need extra support and gifts those with more confidence, the opportunity to flourish. It is an expectation that pupils have the correct and necessary sports kit for the activities and weather that they are participating in.
The school benefits from an excellent swimming pool, two large halls for indoor physical activities, a MUGA (Multi Games Arena), an extensive playing field and hard surfaced playgrounds, and these serve to support our excellent PE provision. Staff and parent helpers also further the school’s curriculum with several extra-curricular activities and events. Through the curriculum and after school clubs, pupils are able to participate in athletics, cricket, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby, football, gymnastics, dance, swimming and tennis. This allows pupils to experience a range of physical challenges in order to instil a love of PE.