Dundonald Primary School has worked hard over the past few years to ensure that PE and Sport within the school is at the centre of promoting a varied and diverse sports curriculum.
Working alongside local primary schools and with Merton School Sports Partnership (MSSP), we strive to develop and enhance the teaching and learning of PE and Sport in school as part of the curriculum and as part of the school’s extra-curricular provision.
We aim to ensure that children:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives.
For further details of what your child will be doing in PE this term please refer to their year group’s medium term plan.
We are incredibly proud of our swimming provision at Dundonald Primary School and are collaborating closely with our local swimming centre and borough. Due to the Covid-19 impact, changes have been made to the provision of swimming and a new approach will be undertaken to ensure all children are exposed to high quality swimming lessons.
Children in Year 3 complete two two-week swimming blocks in the spring and summer term. This will allow the children to swim everyday for an hour instead of every week for half an hour. After trialling this two week swimming block last academic year we have found that the intensive course has a more significant impact on children’s ability and progress. Alongside the fact the children thoroughly enjoy being able to visit the pool everyday for two weeks.
By the end of Year 3, those children who have not reached the government stipulated targets to swim 25 metres using one stroke or more, and perform a safe self-rescue, will complete a further two-week block of swimming lessons in Year 4.
As a result of the interruptions the children experienced due to Covid-19, this year we will also be sending some of our Year 6 and Year 5 students to attend a two-week booster block to ensure they reach the targets.
Merton School Sport MarkDundonald Primary School received the Merton School Sport Mark Recognition Award in 2021 for the school's commitment to physical education, physical activity and school sport during the Covid-19 pandemic. Recent achievements included the Platinum Award in 2019.
Supporting our efforts to reach Merton School Sport Mark Awards, we make use of PE/Sports Premium funding. Details of how this funding is used and its impact can be found in the 'PE and Sports Premium' section.
We continue to expand participation in competitive sport. We initiate and attended regular inter-school competitions in our area as well as continuing to run intra-school competitions. Throughout the year we have regular House events, where children compete against one another as a culmination of the work they have done in PE lessons.
Children can participate in a range of extra-curricular activities at school. Some of these clubs are run by staff and others are run by local sports clubs or coaches. For a list of clubs in the area please see the link below.
To ensure that more children have the opportunity to represent Dundonald this year, we are monitoring participation in events more rigorously. A and B teams will represent our school in competitions whenever possible with a trial taking place before each event. Children are able to sign up in the week leading up to the trial with success criteria clearly explained to children. Attitude, performance and sportsmanship in PE and clubs are also taken into account when selecting teams. There are also a number of inclusive events which allows those children not selected for teams to compete in borough-wide competitions throughout the year.
For further details of upcoming competitions as well as results and write ups of competitions we have participated in, please click on the link www.mertonssp.org.uk.