Part of the SOUTH WEST SCHOOLS’ FEDERATION
At our schools Physical Education and Sport plays an important role in ensuring that we offer the very best and enriched experiences to our children.
PE has a particularly high focus within the school day and also during lunchtime provision and through extra-curricular and extension activities.
OUR PE CURRICULUM
A wide range of PE is delivered to the pupils, aiming to engage and inspire and deliver and develop skills and knowledge essential for healthy life-style choices.
The sports taught are wide and varied, both during the school day, and as extra-curricular clubs. Throughout the course of the academic year opportunities include, netball, hockey, tag-rugby, football, volleyball, tennis and cross-country running. In addition, we attend a wide variety of sporting events that have high participation rates. The opportunity for our children to compete against other children drives our PE provision and the children learn necessary team working skills as well as having time to analyse and plan strategies.
To further develop the skills of the children we employ a Sports Coach across our Federation as a Support Assistant. This expertise is used across the school to teach pupils in Key Stage Two in PE and Games.
Key Stage one children are also taught to develop control, skills and stamina in PE. We participate in as many PE orientated festivals as possible to offer the children the experience of co-operation and competition during games.
SWSF schools place a high importance on the teaching of swimming as a life skill. Lessons are held at the local pool every week from Year 2 onwards. With the school being close to the local swimming club, Ilfracombe, we have some strong swimmers and are developing opportunities for children who have not had as much practice as their peers. With the development of our distinct identity as a ‘Sea School’, we will be incorporating ocean physical activity into the Curriculum e.g. surfing, kayaking etc.
To compliment our PE provision we hold curriculum focus weeks. Healthy Schools & Fitness and Safety Weeks are run annually where parents and the local community are invited to assist us in promoting a healthy life style to the pupils. Provision for pupils includes visits from the Police, Fire Service, visits to shops, healthy eating taste testing, Sex and Relationships Education, e-safety [and more].
School Sports Day incorporates family groupings participating in mixed cooperative activities as well as the traditional competitive sports. All children are included from EYFS to Year 6 and experience being competitive, cooperative and working for their team.
The school is keen to provide a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for pupils throughout the year. Many of these clubs are run by our teaching and support staff. Pupils enjoy the opportunity to work with different teachers and coaches and have the chance to try sports such as; Netball, Tennis, Football, Multi- skills, Hockey, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Surfing, Kwik- Cricket and Cross Country. We monitor participation and check uptake against gender, SEN and free school meals.
Our school is part of the Ilfracombe Learning Community of Schools, a group of ten schools, includes one secondary school. The ILC offers festivals and competitions for the children and the sharing of good practice. We have found this beneficial as it has given our children the opportunity to participate regularly in Inter-School competitions, and use the wider range of resources which the secondary school in the cluster is able to offer. There are a wide range of competitions which allow all children to compete e.g. Athletics, Multi-Skills Festival etc.
With in the Federation, Woolacombe School organises the long-standing and successful North Devon Aquathlon. More than 250 pupils participate every year. We also assist in the running of the Ilfracombe Swimming Gala.
Sadly, we do experience barriers to our provision. Transport to competitions carries a huge cost burden. Woolacombe school has invested in a Mini-bus to counter-act this. Unfortunately, as we attend many of the same events Combe Martin are forced to ‘buy in’ transport.
We try to minimise the impact on curriculum time, however, travel time to competitions means that it can cut into the lunch- time and morning sessions. Carefully planned events and being involved in the organisation and evaluation is helpful to ensure better timings.
The costs of the swimming pool and transportation to and from Ilfracombe is substantial. We heavily subsidised the overall costs through parental contribution, the school budget and fund raising.
The new Government Funding is supporting us to access competitions, provide specialist support and continue to offer swimming to our children.
At Combe Martin we aspire to all children to developing the healthiest of life-styles and to achieving their sporting best. We feel that Physical Education plays an important role in helping us to fulfil this statement.