Greenmount Community Primary School has a strong sports ethos and has achieved the Platinum Schools Games Mark this year!
The school prides itself on its afterschool club provision where clubs are often oversubscribed. There is a sports club held on every evening for years 3-6 and clubs change every half-term. Children are encouraged to reapply each half-term so that every child has the opportunity to attend at least one club per half-term. The school employs specialist coaches to deliver some sports clubs but also encourages staff to run clubs. There is an increasingly well-stocked PE store and we aim to add new equipment each half-term to enhance the range of physical activities we can offer as additional and sustainable provision.
Greenmount tries to enter as many of the school games competitive opportunities as possible and strives to ensure that every child by the time they have reached Year 6 will have represented the school in sport. We also host many of the pathway and development events in support of the school games.
The school has also accessed external National Governing Bodies (NGB) opportunities with the FA, ECB and the LTA. This has led to several club links providing children with sports opportunities outside of school which has helped to develop our teams and brought success. Although we have adopted a multi-skills approach to delivering our PE curriculum and have a developmental ethos to sport, having successful teams has helped to raise the profile of PE both within the school and with parents.
The school has represented the IOW at the level 3 Hampshire School games in Tag Rugby, Basketball and Tri Golf and are currently U11 Year 5 & 6 Island champions in Tag Rugby and Tri golf. We aim to have a varied and full PE curriculum to develop not only sports talent but also team work, resilience and the wider key skills of problem solving, communication and working with others. PE supports social and emotional development initiatives and there is a strong sports leadership programme in upper KS2.
Greenmount does not only focus on the main stream sports; we also draw inspiration from the Invictus Games and Disability Sports and offer lessons in these activities to raise awareness, empathy and support. One of the most popular sports for an after school club recently chosen in a poll conducted by our sports ambassadors was Goalball.
Sport and PE has never been stronger at Greenmount Primary School but we are always striving to develop and improve upon our offer to our children. We embrace new ideas and initiatives and are currently exploring how to implement the 30/30 physical activity scheme within our school day.