Coates Lane maintains an infectious sport and competition ethos which encompasses the 6 Spirit of the Games Values!
As a former gymnastics coach, former British medallist in archery and an avid netballer, our Sports Coordinator wishes to instil the same passion for getting active and challenging yourself throughout the Coates Lane school community.
Coates Lane have an infectious ethos for sport and trying new skills has been a catalyst for many children within our school, including the non-active population. We LOVE to host an ‘Active Week’. Some children come to school never having heard of some of the activities and nervous about trying them. By the end of each and every session the enthusiasm and laughter of both children and staff around school becomes infectious and children are elated because they learn a new skill…some children had never sat on a bike before and were soon riding! Sports activities included Zumba, KWIK cricket, hockey, Bikeability, basketball, fitness bootcamp (with parents involved!), golf, martial arts and lots more – we even feature in the local paper! Following this, Coates Lane Primary School aspired to harness the level of whole school involvement and build on the week’s experiences to provide the best sporting opportunities for all children of all abilities. Many children realised they were skilled in something they had never tried before! Our children are thrilled when they are commended for their sportsmanship and often come bounding up to their teachers and saying, “I had so much fun, PLEASE can I play for school again!” Many children who had never pushed themselves to compete against their peers now find it exhilarating!
School Sports PartnershipAll children are to be encouraged to ‘have a go’ and know that their efforts are appreciated and praised whatever the outcome. With this ethos we aspire to see at least 50% of the children in school taking part in sport at some point in the year and many taking part on a regular basis, making sport and challenging themselves a life choice. To develop engagement in inclusive sport, pupils with SEN or additional needs have the opportunity to access and compete in Inclusive Sports Events alongside other children with similar needs from other schools. Events scheduled are: Kurling, Indoor Athletics & Multiskills.
Each year, two Sports Ambassadors are appointed in school and sit on the Pupil Leadership Team. Their role involves assisting Miss Johnston in sport provision and talking to pupils about their lifestyle.
Each half term, Coates Lane provide a plethora of sporting after school clubs. Last year we provided the following after school clubs: mixed football, girls’ football, netball, golf, tennis, tag rugby, multi-skills, athletics, zumba, street dance, superhero club, olympics, outdoor pursuits, scooting, cricket, cheerleading, basketball, gymnastics, cricket and skipfit.
To ensure that almost all of our children in school, especially KS2, gain confidence in a non-academic skill we have selected teams and participated in competitions for As, Bs, SEN, Inclusion and Pupil Premium. In the last academic year, of the 32 children we had on our Pupil Premium/Ev6 register, we saw 81% (26 children) represent school in inter school competitions.
P J Sports CoachingAs a school, we have funded a specialist PE coach (Phil Cain) to deliver energetic and highly engaging PE sessions to all our children for the past 8 years. Phil is an ambassador for sport and inclusive education. He emulates our school mission statement each and every lesson, where happiness is at the heart of each child under his duty of care. He promotes the love of participation and young leadership in all aspects of his role in Coates Lane Primary School.
We also use our funding to provide swimming lessons across 17 weeks – split evenly amongst Year 3,4 & 5. Additionally, we also use the funding to provide transport to the swimming baths. Throughout the year we ensure that each and every PE lesson is enriched with safe and appropriate sports equipment, and use the Sports Premium funding to replenish anything we need – making sure that the equipment purchased is transferable across all year groups and secure progression in skill.
We are very lucky in Coates Lane to have so many staff members who have a sporting background, many of whom still compete in sporting events within their own teams.
As part of the essential criteria for achieving Gold, a proportion of children on roll must be provided with training opportunities to develop their leadership skills.
Recently we were very lucky to have the support of Fiona Callaghan (SGO Pendle) who came in and trained an elected team of Playground Leaders within our school. From this, the team have been issued with tabards and a timetable to which they share the responsibility, throughout the week, of promoting active lunchtimes on the playground and a platform for making friends by setting up games in designated areas. The children have been trained to look for children who may be alone or sitting on the ‘Buddy Bench’ each playtime.