Our Sports curriculum builds upon the National Curriculum, and is carefully constructed to enable pupils to experience a range of sports whilst building up a progression of skills, knowledge and techniques. Our approach incorporates our core values of Reason, Resilience and Respect to enable our pupils to become well-rounded sportsmen and women who recognise the themes based on our values as integral parts of sporting success.
We have always regarded quality PE provision as central to child development at The Mount. A love of physical activity is fostered in Early Years where children partake in range of physical activities, including: PE and dance lessons, bike riding, active outdoor provision and other organised, active games. Students in Years 1 to 6 partake in two hours per week of PE and other physical activity. All teachers have worked alongside qualified coaches in order to improve their own ability to deliver high-quality games teaching. Teachers and sports coaches follow The Mount's PE Progression Grid to ensure that a variety of sports are experienced by our children and that skills are built on throughout the year groups. A progressive skills-based scheme, REAL PE, was introduced from January 2017 to improve this further. This scheme also focuses on building skills (such as communication, personal development and creativity) that compliment the physical aspects of sports. Each year group is taught by a qualified PE or dance coach for at least half a term. Pupils in Year 5 go swimming weekly.
The Mount participates in regular inter-schools competitions via our local pyramid of schools. Individual and team 'winners' of tournaments have the opportunity to progress to wider local, county and national levels. To increase involvement in physical activity, personal challenge, and experience of competing against others The Mount also holds termly intra-school, Key Stage and whole school competitions. Once a week, children take part in the weekly mile, aiming to improve their stamina and obtain new personal bests.
During summer term, we run ‘Sports Fortnight’. Pupils try new sports as well as competing in intra-school competitions. Year 5 children, who have trained to become Young Sports Leaders, run a multi sports and athletics tournament for the children in KS1 and Foundation Stage. Students from a local secondary school help to organise events, and there is a KS2 athletics competition, with families invited along to the finals. We also run an annual sports afternoon which includes competitive events.
Sports Leaders, who have gained confidence in both their sporting ability and leadership skills throughout their time at The Mount, are given the opportunity to apply to be Sports Leaders. Successful candidates are then trained to deliver sports activities at break and lunchtimes. The vital role they play during our school Sports Fortnight, and the work they do at playtimes, ensures that sports leaders are role models and that they help inspire and encourage children to be physically activity
PE is enhanced further by after-school clubs. These have recently included Dance, Gymnastics, Athletics, Multi Sports, Martial Arts and Tag-Rugby. We provide a range of sports equipment that can be used at breaks and lunchtimes to encourage physical activity and provide children with an opportunity to independently practise the skills they have learnt in lessons.
Our school has earned the School Games Silver Award.
Our PE and Sport page (click here) contains further details of tournaments and other sporting events.