At Tidemill, we offer an array of opportunities in PE that aim to develop physical and social skills. We believe that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is vital in contributing to a child’s physical development, well-being and health and fitness. We value our children’s progress and provide them with opportunities in an inclusive, engaging environments that are intended to develop pupils’ self-confidence. We promote the ‘Sporting Spirit Values’ of determination, self-belief, passion, honesty, respect and teamwork; and focus on developing great sportsmanship among all pupils.
PE is a core part of the offer at Tidemill and the collaborative effort of staff has ensured that our school has a strong PE culture. As well as classroom-based staff, we have a team that contribute towards our aims including a PE teacher, PE coach and a Fun & Well-Being leader. We have a strong history of inclusion and engagement in sport which is recognised by our repeated achievement of the Gold School Games Mark.
Alongside PE lessons, there are many additional opportunities across the school to get involved. Tidemill participate in school games competitions. Inter-school tournaments provide students who are passionate about particular sports with the opportunity to train and improve their skills further, and represent our school proudly, helping to develop sporting, personal and social skills and attitudes. Our range of after school clubs, offered by our own staff as well as outside agencies, includes a variety of sports. Examples are: gymnastics, dance, football and multi-sports. We also have a number of sporting activities available at lunchtimes. Many of our families have joined us at professional sporting events, such as FA games at Wembley and BBL basketball finals, that we have been lucky to be given tickets for.
Within PE lessons, students develop and showcase their skills in a wide range of sports including athletics, dance, football, cricket, gymnastics and swimming. Through the teaching of progressively challenging skills, it is intended that pupils, irrespective of their ability, will enjoy success and be motivated further to develop their individual potential. EYFS/KS1 children begin with a focus on fundamental skill development, which broadens as children progress through key stage 2. Children are involved in team games from an early age.
Pupils are given the opportunity to evaluate their performance to enable them to improve and enjoy success. At the conclusion of each half term, all students participate in
intra-school competitions within their year group. These competitions are a fun and exciting end to the term that students and teachers all enjoy participating in.