PE and Sport
Here at New Islington, we recognise the importance of keeping active and healthy, and therefore sport has a high profile in our school life. We have worked hard since the formation of the school to promote a range of sports and give children a wealth of sporting opportunities. Our PE coordinator, Miss Morris, works alongside Greater Manchester Sport, the Manchester PE association and other agencies, such as local sports clubs, to provide these opportunities and keep our children active and excited about sports.
Here are just some of the things we have been involved in....
In PE across the school, children experience Real PE and Real Gym lessons. Real PE provides fun and simple to follow schemes of work and is fully aligned to the National Curriculum and Ofsted requirements. The scheme focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning through a unique and market leading approach to teaching and learning in PE.
Each child has two PE lessons a week, one focusing on Real PE/ Gym and one focusing on dance or outdoor games.
The Daily Mile
This year at New Islington we have launched ‘The Daily Mile’. The Daily Mile is a social, physical activity where the children run or jog around the playground or muga every day. It has been proven to improve fitness, concentration in the classroom and help to achieve a healthier lifestyle. It also encourages the children to be aware of their health and increase their activity levels. The children are encouraged to run as many laps as they can in 15 minutes and to improve their stamina and amount of laps that they can do. The children can choose if they want to run, jog or walk the laps but the aim is to keep moving. Both the teachers and children have enjoyed taking part and getting outside in the fresh air. It is a brilliant energiser to refocus the children after lessons and allow them to burn off energy!
Manchester City FC in the Community
Here at New Islington, we have started a new successful relationship with Manchester City Football Club. Coaches from the club community foundation work alongside KS2 teaching staff every Friday developing their confidence in delivering PE as well as offering fun, active lessons to all KS2 children.
The strength of this community link has meant we have attended football tournaments at the Manchester City training ground. Alongside this, some children have been selected to be ball boys on match days, attend Christmas festivities and have had the chance to go and watch the MCFC ladies play for the first time at the Etihad Stadium.
Alongside the PE, City in the Community have also provided us with a KS2 reading scheme which our year 5’s are working on, as well as offering healthy lifestyle workshops, which including cooking and nutrition lessons, to families in school.
On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we are lucky enough to have Remi, a MUFC sports coach, offering football, tag rugby and multi-skills to year 2 and KS2 children. Monday’s football is an invite only club and makes up our new 5/6 football team. Spring Term also included a 5/6 girls dance club where the girls choreograph a dance and are entered into the Manchester Dance Festival.
Year 5/6 Girls and Boys Football Team
This year we have set up a Year 5/6 boys football team, who train every Monday after school with a coach bought in from Manchester United Football Club. Their new NIFS kits have arrived ready for upcoming games.
We have also set up a year 5/6 girl’s football team, who train every Friday with Connor from Manchester City in the Community.
Both football teams are sponsored by Ezra and Gill.
Rattle and Roll
Every Wednesday, we run a Dance and Drama club for the EYFS and year 1. Rattle and Roll is a company bought into school to deliver engaging dance lessons to the early years for 45 minutes after school. Our classes are unique, fun-packed and high quality, fitting with the EYFS demand for “high quality early learning”, and all taught by fully qualified teachers.
Spring 2019 saw the first phase of our playground development. By adding an adventure trail and Tyre park to the playground, we intend to see an increase in activity levels for all children, not only at playtime but for PE lessons as well. Markings have also been added to the playground to support development in PE lessons and sport as well as provide structure to The Daily Mile.
Please click here to view our 2019/20 action plan.
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