'A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.'
DfE New Curriculum document 2013
At Connaught Junior School, Physical Education is an integral part of our curriculum, and we strive to create a culture which aims to inspire an active generation to enjoy PE, encourage each other and achieve.
All children are provided with the necessary skills and given opportunities to demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best. Our pupils are physically active, and this has a positive impact on their learning in the classroom. We aspire for children to enjoy PE and develop a love of sport and physical activity which becomes part of their future life outside of school. Children can represent the school at sporting events from local to county level. Alongside this, we share sporting achievements both in and out of school in Celebration Assemblies and newsletters, so that we are promoting sports and activities, as well as celebrating all levels of success.
The facilities for the teaching of physical education at Connaught Junior School are, we believe, unique. As a junior school we have access to a daily mile track, sports hall, a heated indoor swimming pool (offsite), floodlit hard court areas, and a grassed playing field.
As well as superb facilities in which to teach, the school also has a well resourced PE store, portable football and netball goals, portable and fixed gymnastics equipment as well as many mats and benches.
Children in Year 6 have the opportunity to put themselves forward as Sports captains and are democratically voted in by the members of their house in Year 3 to 6 early in the Autumn Term. The children typically speak about their commitment to sport, in and out of school, and what they would bring to the role. Our sports captains assist our specialist sports teacher and staff with organising events, among them the Indoor Tournament and Sports Day
Year 6 Sports Captain Quotes
“I love being a sports captain at Connaught. It gives me extra responsibility throughout the year!”
“I have always wanted to be a sports captain since I started in Year 3. I love leading my house at Sports Day!”
“Sports Captains have the best job at school! We get to plan the Indoor Tournament and help out when schools come to visit us.”
Sports Day at Connaught is a highlight in the school year. We value a sense of fairness, enjoyment and participation with a healthy dose of competition. The children gather in their houses wearing their house colours, and then parade onto the school field to great cheers from the waiting crowd of invited parents and friends. The morning comprises of the children participating in activities that earn their house points. Over lunchtime parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles enjoy a picnic lunch in our spacious grounds. In the afternoon we have competitive races, sprint, relays and long distance. Even parents and staff have a chance to compete!
Connaught Junior has a long history and this is best shown in the wonderful tradition of the Indoor Tournament, which has been running annually since the early 1970s. Children organise themselves into football or hockey teams of 5 aside and submit their teams, with a quirky name, to Mr Hatton. Lunchtime heats then take place over a period of approximately 4 weeks and the winning teams make it to the finals. Parents are invited to watch the evening finals in the school hall where excitement reaches fever pitch to see which teams will win for football and hockey. Teams consisting of children from the lower school often play children from the upper school, with some surprising results and the sense of sportsmanship is very pleasing to see. This fantastic tradition really gives the children a sense of achievement and participation in this optional and popular event
At Connaught we encourage our children to participate in sport through our curriculum and sports clubs, but also through our avid participation in interschool competitions. We have a strong and successful football and netball team that regularly take part in local and county events. We also take teams to sporting events for cross-country, cricket, tennis, golf, hockey and rugby.
We run a number of sporting clubs at Connaught, some teacher run and some run by external providers. Please see our clubs list for details.