Here at St. Michael’s we are extremely proud of our strong sporting tradition. We have always been proactive members of the local sporting community, participating in many District, County and National tournaments. From the most sporty and athletic to those who can be less reluctant to take part in physical activity, every child is encourages to develop their personal qualities through sports. For some, this comes through being exposed to new activities and pushed out of their comfort zones whilst on a school residential, for others, the chance to shine doing something they love and are successful in.
“”I Like archery because you get to practise using a bow and arrow and you can get better at it.” Naomi Year 1
“I like PE because you get loads of exercise and it’s really fun. I like skipping because it gives me strength.” Thomas Year 2
“In PE we do activities like gymnastics. I like it because I can stretch my back and I feel relaxed afterwards.” Amelia Year 3
“Every single year you get to do something different like football, tennis, yoga, dance and gymnastics. My favourites so far have been football and tennis.” George Year 4
“I like running around on the field in PE. I have enjoyed being part of the football team because I get to represent the school in tournaments.” George Year 5
“I like how PE gets you prepared for doing more sports at High School. The High School I’m going to has produced lots of netball stars. I like learning netball because I would like to be a famous netballer when I am older.” Emily Year 6
During 2018-19, 40% of KS2 children have been engaged in extracurricular sporting activity every week. 48% of KS2 children have been engaged in leading, managing and officiating School Games activity. Our children show great enthusiasm for competitive sports both within and outside of school. During the school year 2018-19, this included teams representing St. Michael’s in the following competitions:
Intra-school competitions (Level 1):
- Athletics (including cross country)
Inter-school competitions (Level 2):
County competitions (Level 3):
Our last Year 6 cohort (who left in July 2019) listed many fond memories of their sporting experiences at St. Michael’s including; residential trips in both Years 5 and 6; swimming lessons; Sports Day; extra-curricular clubs and competitions (and the associated School pride) and Bikeability training.
During the 2019-20 year so far, St. Michael’s School have taken part in the following competitions, with many more to come throughout the year:
Year 5/6 Girls Football
Year 5/6 Mixed Football
Within school this year, Years 4 and 5 have been working with a tennis coach to perfect our tennis skills. Year 6 have recently returned from their residential trip to Shugborough, where they took part in lots of physical activity and outdoor adventurous activities. Some of their favourite activities from the week included archery, orienteering and caving.
The school receives government funding to enhance sports provision and is careful to ensure that sport is not just played by those who excel or to compete externally, but is an integral part of the school curriculum. The PE lead teacher has worked hard to ensure that opportunities are presented for all children to enjoy sport at many levels, notably this year the children have enjoyed archery, Zumba, gymnastics and fencing. 95% of parents agreed that their children had benefitted from the school’s use of its Sports Funding. The school has been awarded the Silver School Games mark to recognize the contribution it makes to school sport.
“My favourite lesson is P.E. as I love doing sport. I also love going to sporting competitions too!” EMILY (Year 6)