Physical Education & Sport

Sporting Achievements at Childwall Abbey School 2017-2018

Girl playing footballChildwall Abbey School Physical Education Department takes great strides to create a calm and working environment for every pupil and always endeavours to create lasting friendships amongst its pupils.

Overview of the Physical Education Departments Aims 2017-2018

  • Work within the PE department is designed to support, contribute to, and to complement the aims of the school by providing equality of access for all pupils to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.
  • The PE department aims to provide an enjoyable and satisfying programme with opportunities for every pupil to develop physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.
  • The PE Curriculum offers a comprehensive range of learning experiences to meet the needs of individual pupils and encourage active involvement by all as planners, performers and evaluators.
  • Structured and developmental schemes of work provide for progression, challenge and a sense of achievement.
  • The development of confidence, tolerance and the appreciation of one’s own, and others, strengths and weaknesses are considered to be an important part of the learning process.
  • It is intended that the programmes offered, together with an awareness of leisure opportunities within the community, will develop those skills and attitudes conducive in an active and healthy lifestyle.

Childwall Abbey School Mission Statement 2017-2018

Animation of male stretchingFor supporting pupils on the autistic spectrum we use a range of multi-sensory teaching and learning styles.  We use a number of common fundamental principles that make for successful teaching of pupils on the autism spectrum.

These include:

  • Intensive, structured and purposeful teaching.
  • Clear, unambiguous and explicit instructions and teaching strategies.
  • Use of repetition to consolidate.
  • Re-teaching in different contexts and in different ways, not assuming that the pupil has understood because they have repeated or demonstrated something.
  • Using a communicative form that the pupil understands and can use to convey ideas to others i.e.: visual, audio or kinaesthetic learning, giving students the opportunity for learning to be achieved through experience of the world.
  • Giving opportunities for learning with a personal meaning that is interesting and motivating.
  • A high level of adult support and tuition.

Sport Funded Programme for Lower School pupils 2017-2018

Throughout the last four academic years we have been able to access Funding through the Government initiative of providing funding to improve school sport.

Pupils in year 6 and the lower school years 7 & 8 have had access throughout the past 3 academic years, to quality coaching from outside agencies such as Liverpool & Everton FC Football Clubs. This will continue throughout the academic year 2017- 2018.

Pupils have also had quality coaching and will continue to have, in other sports such as basketball, swimming and multi skills.

These funded programmes have had and will hopefully to continue to have an effect on all pupils that take part, it has not only raised skill and ability levels it has also helped improve progress and more importantly has helped raise self-esteem.

Continuing partnerships with colleges and universities throughout 2017-2018

It is vitally important as a school we try to create external links with other agencies to also help our PE students develop.

During this academic year 2017-2018. The PE department at Childwall Abbey School will continue it’s a partnership with Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool JMU University.

We are hopeful, as with previous years some of the University PE students will come into our school to deliver quality PE sessions to our pupils during Curriculum time PE lessons, to help them improve and develop their PE skills.

Our students will hopefully continue to be given free access to Liverpool Hope Universities, PE facilities, and given free delivery of PE activities from the university PE undergraduates.

Qualifications / Accreditation 2017-2018

Selected PE students in Year 11 follow the Welsh Board Entry Pathways qualification which is recognised by colleges and employers, providing students with a greater range of options and opportunities.

The PE department introduced this new exam during the academic year 2013-2014. This exam will continue throughout the academic year 2017-2018.

Selected pupils, from year 11 in 2016-2017 were entered, and every pupil passed the qualification. There was a 40% pass rate in the highest qualification, which was level 3 there was 60% pass rate at level 2 qualification. These results were very pleasing, in the fact that this was a higher qualification that pupils have been taking than in previous years, and it can be seen by the results, that every PE student made good progress.

Selected students in 2017-2018 will also follow the Junior Sports Leader award this is also a recognised qualification. This award gives the students the opportunity to work with their fellow peers in planning preparing and teaching P.E. lessons to younger students and also their own peer group, which helps develop their overall self-esteem, but more importantly helps develop their leadership skills.

Students who wish to pursue a sporting pathway at college also have the opportunity to participate in NGB qualifications such as football, rugby, basketball, athletics swimming and kayaking throughout 2017-2018.

Swimming Programme 2017-2018

The PE department has run a successful swimming programme for pupils in years 6, 7, & 8, on a yearly basis, during Curriculum time PE since 2009. We have our swimming instruction at Picton, Halewood and Garston pools, in Liverpool.

During the Academic year, 2017-2018, selected pupils will be entered into the Liverpool/Knowsley schools swimming top up programme, which takes place during the spring term in 2018 this, is an intense two-week programme for pupils who have not developed their swimming skills, quite as quickly as some of their fellow peers.  The programme involves the pupils participating in a ten-day swimming programme to try to enable them to improve their swimming skills.

At the end of the programme every one of the pupils entered, will aspire to swim at least 10 meters unaided and 25 meters unaided, which will be a remarkable achievement for some pupils, of which before the programme could not swim at all.

We predict by the end of year 8, when their swimming ends. The majority will be able to swim 25 meters unaided; this will be a remarkable achievement for pupils, some of whom have never been in a swimming pool before coming to the school.

We also run a swimming programme for our older year 11 JSLA students who all work towards their rookie life guard award. Swimming is an enormous confidence builder for our pupils, not only does it raise overall self-esteem it also gives them valuable lifesaving skills.

There is also a competition element to our swimming programme, each year pupils are involved in at least two local swimming galas held in Liverpool, here they compete against other special schools. Some pupils in the past have even gone on to represent the North West in national swimming galas.

Sporting Competition Programme 2017-2018

Our pupils are involved in numerous sporting fixtures throughout the year, against a variety of Special schools in the local borough and also against schools outside our borough.

Sporting fixtures we offer are football, basketball, cricket, athletics, and swimming. We had a successful year during the academic year 2016-2017, and will hopefully continue the success throughout the academic year 2017-2018.

The PE department believes these fixtures the  pupils are engaging in, with a completion element help improve team building skills, raise self-esteem, and more importantly these completions have seen a big improvement in behaviour of some of the more challenging pupils.

Extra-curricular activities 2017-2018

At Childwall Abbey School we also run a busy extra-curricular programme during lunch times. We have on offer throughout the year clubs such football, and basketball, table tennis and trampolining.

We also have a state of the art fitness suite, which we use during Curriculum time PE and at lunchtime each day.

Trampoline Programme

The PE department invested in a new trampoline in the academic year 2015-2016. This trampoline programme is now fully embed into the PE Curriculum timetable. The head teacher was  very proactive in introducing this  initiative, we now have 4 fully trained level 1 teachers in the department and  one  fully trained level 2 teacher, to help deliver trampoline sessions during Curriculum time PE and also during lunchtimes.

During the academic year 2016-2017 trampolining had a remarkable affect, on every pupil taking part. Particularly the ASD pupils, the PE department has seen their overall confidence and self-esteem increase. We have also seen participation levels in PE increase overall. We have also seen an increase in improved behaviour, but more importantly, it has seen an increase in their overall progression in PE. The PE departments aim is to continue this trend in 2017-2018.

Evidence suggests trampolining has many important benefits. A trampoline is a piece of apparatus that virtually all people regardless of their ability can access, benefit from and enjoy.

Trampolining is an ideal vehicle for cross curricular teaching activity. With the potential for teaching numeracy, colour recognition, positioning, communication, social awareness and consideration of others this especially important for our ASD pupils in our school.

This has been an outstanding year for all the PE students at Childwall Abbey School. Thus far, during 2017-2018 participation levels have increased, behaviour has improved, but more importantly their overall self-confidence and self-esteem and progress has improved immensely.

P.E. Map image P.E. Map 2018-2019

Mr M. Turley – P.E. Coordinator