St Michael’s Middle School has extensive playing fields with three different sized football pitches, a rugby pitch and a 400m athletics track in the summer in addition to two artificial cricket wickets. Our playground has markings for three netball courts and tennis courts. We are also fortunate to have a five bay cricket net system and we are one of the few schools in Dorset to have its own swimming pool where qualified swimming teachers/lifeguards teach children water confidence skills, water safety as well as the four main swimming strokes. The school hall is used for all gymnastic, dance and all other indoor activities. Currently under construction are community changing rooms with access to the swimming pool over which a small fitness suite with cardio training equipment will be housed. Plans are also in progress to build a new multi-purpose sports hall.
The PE department offers all children two hours of quality PE lessons every week with specialist PE teachers delivering the sessions. Each year group has access to a wide range of activities including invasion games (eg football, rugby, netball, hockey), net and wall games (eg tennis, badminton, volleyball), striking and fielding games (eg cricket, rounders), swimming, gymnastics, dance, athletics and orienteering.
As a school we are keen to promote competition through Inter House tournaments in football, netball, volleyball, cross country and swimming galas as well as our traditional Sports Day, all organised by the PE Department.
Our Gifted and Talented students in Year 8 have the opportunity to train as Sports Leaders and gain the Young Leaders Award at the annual Dorset Leadership Academy Day in the summer term.
We frequently have excellent sporting role models visiting our school encouraging children to get involved in sport. Examples include Thinus Delport (South African rugby player), Serita Shone (GB Bobsleigh team), Ben Challenger (GB high jumper) and Ben Gollings (former England Rugby 7’s captain).
An extensive range of extra-curricular activities are offered at St. Michael’s from the traditional team games of football, rugby, netball, hockey, cricket and rounders to other sports such as water polo, swimming, dance, gymnastics, cross country, athletics and archery. The sporting success of our teams is outstanding where we regularly reach district, county, regional and even national finals.
Head of PE
The overall aim of the PE department is to educate pupils to adopt a healthy lifestyle now and after full-time education through the teaching of PE to appeal to a child’s physical, cognitive, creative, personal and social skills.
PE builds ASPIRATION by:
- Giving opportunities for young people to improve, succeed and excel in competitive sport and physical activities
- Providing opportunities for young people to become physically confident in a way that supports their own personal health, fitness and well-being
- Providing opportunities to become leaders in lessons, extra-curricular activities, intra-school competition and intra-school competition as part of the School Games
- Providing young people opportunities to represent their house, school, district and county within sport and physical activities
- Celebrating success within lessons and through year group and whole school assemblies
- Offering opportunities to watch professional sport through school trips
- Learning from and engaging with sports qualified, dedicated, professional teachers and coaches
PE builds BELIEF by:
- Re-inforcing the School Games Values of Determination, Self-belief, Passion, Teamwork, Respect and Honesty
- Celebrating success within lessons and extra-curricular activities
- Providing a wide range of extra-curricular activities
- Providing opportunities for inter-house competition
- Working in pairs and small groups where self-evaluation and review of work is a key skill
- Encouraging pupils to take risks within lessons and extra-curricular activities
- Exposing our young learners to sporting role models
PE builds CREATIVITY by:
- Allowing pupils to express their ideas through individual and team games as well as gymnastics and dance
- Encouraging pupils to take risks
- Copying and developing ideas from one another
- Exposing pupils to range of media highlighting outstanding performance
- Encouraging pupils to join sporting extra-curricular clubs
- Creating and developing links with local sports clubs
- Encouraging pupils to take responsibility for their own learning
- Encouraging Sports Leaders to consider how young people learn and explore ways of engaging younger pupils in sporting activities
Wider British Values
St Michael’s is a Rights Respecting school which believes that supporting children’s development of character and values, including the core British values of democracy, mutual respect, liberty and the rule of law, is an essential part of equipping young people to thrive as citizens in the world of the future. PE actively supports this by:
Giving opportunities to all regardless of age, race, religious and cultural background
Giving opportunities for pupils to raise their self-esteem, feeling that they are valued and listened to
Increasing levels of respect for one another leading to improved relationships with pupils and staff
A sense of security as rights-respecting language and behaviour is used consistently within PE lessons
Improved attainment and attendance, and a reduction in exclusions
An understanding and respect of religions, cultures, beliefs and abilities different to their own
A wider and deeper understanding of the world in which they live through celebrating the Olympic values
Celebrating international competition whether between the home nations or wider where pupils will have different allegiances
Where it all fits in
If you are working well in this subject these are the skills you are learning:
Communication skills (with peers, adults, teachers and coaches)
Social skills (ability to work alongside and learn with others)
Cognitive skills (thinking and decision making)
Physical skills (fundamental movement and more complex sport specific)
Creative skills (ability to explore and express themselves, developing own ideas and solutions)
Personal skills (individual attitude and approach to learning)
If you like this subject then these are some of the jobs you can go on to:
Sports policy at local government and national level
Regional and National Sports Governing Body Administrator
Diet and fitness instructor
Sports media and photography