Kent and Medway Primary P.E. Conference 2021
It was a slightly different P.E. conference this year, held virtually for the first time. Mrs Thomas attended the conference, finding the presentations on P.E. and School Sports during Covid times and Promoting Wellbeing through P.E. particularly useful.
School Sports Partnership Yoga Training
As part of the first P.E. Coordinator meeting of 2020/2021, Mrs Thomas took part in Yoga training. There were lots of good ideas to use in the classroom during our Yoga sessions!
Badminton Racket Pack Training
Mrs Thomas is currently working with Lesley Uphill, from Canterbury Racket Pack, during Badminton Club to develop her skills and knowledge in teaching Badminton to 4-7 year olds.
Kent and Medway Primary P.E. Conference 2020
The 2020 Primary P.E. Conference was an inspirational day, culminating in a talk from Ben Smith, who ran 401 marathons in 401 days. Ben is now embarking on another challenge to cycle across the United States, running marathons in each state, all the while raising money and awareness for mental health and wellbeing charities. The event also featured head teacher James Kendall from Riverview Junior School, who discussed ways of bringing about whole school improvement through the power of PE & Sport, and Steve Caldecott, the lead PE Ofsted Inspector who discussed what PE should look like under the revised Ofsted framework.
School Sport Teaching Assistant
Mr Dickinson, who worked with us last year as Sports Apprentice, is now employed as a Sports Teaching Assistant. Mr Dickinson joined us in September 2018 as a Sports Apprentice and has had a very positive impact on P.E., Sport and Active Playtimes. In his new role he is continuing to work with teachers to support children in P.E. lessons and to ensure more children are engaged in physical exercise and activity throughout the day.
At playtimes Mr Dickinson can be found on the playground organising games for each class on a rota. These games will be targeting various areas of physical development such as running, kicking, throwing, balancing, aiming, dodging and co-ordination. In addition to this, at lunch times Mr Dickinson will be working with our Year 2 Sports Leaders to organise games and intra-school competitions with all years groups of children.
During lesson times Mr Dickinson will be assisting the Class Teachers in carrying out their P.E. lessons, providing support and extensions for those children who require it.
School Games Partnership Meeting
Mrs Thomas, our new PE leader, attended the recent School Games partnership meeting which was held at Herne Bay High School. This was an invaluable meeting which provided a great deal of information regarding the forthcoming competitions that we will be entering, as we continue to offer all Year 2 children the opportunity to participate in inter-school competitions and festivals.
Additional Staff Training
Sophie Husband, the regional leader for Premier Sports has worked alongside each teacher for at least a term, providing support and CPD for each class teacher.
In addition, Sophie has supported two of our teaching assistants in the teaching of Fizzy, for children who may have gross motor difficulties. This is an established part of our provision for any child who needs support in this area.