Sporting Achievements at Childwall Abbey School 2016-2017
Childwall 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 2016-2017
- 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 2016-2017
Supporting pupils on the autism 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 2016-2017
Throughout the last three academic years we have been able to access Funding through the Government initiative of providing funding to improve school sport. Pupils in the primary end of the school and also the lower school years 7&,8, have had access to quality coaching from outside agencies such as Liverpool & Everton FC football clubs.
They have also had quality coaching in other sports such as basketball, swimming and multi skills. This programme has had an effect on all pupils that have taken part, it has not only raised skill and ability levels it has also helped improve progress and more importantly has helped raise self–esteem.
Creating partnerships with colleges and Universities 2016-2017
- 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 2016-2017. The PE department at Childwall Abbey School has created a partnership with Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool JMU University.
- Some of the University PE students have 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 have also been given free access to Liverpool Hope universities, PE facilities, and were given free delivery of PE activities from the university PE undergraduates.
Qualifications / Accreditation 2016-2017
- Selected PE students in Year 11 follow the Welsh Board Entry Pathways qualification which is recognized 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 2016-2017.
- Selected pupils, in year 11 in 2015-2016 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 in previous years, and it can be seen by the results, that every PE student is making good progress
- Selected students also follow the Junior Sports Leader award which is also a recognized 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
Swimming Programme 2016-2017
- During the Academic year, 2016-2017, selected pupils will be entered into the Liverpool/Knowsley schools swimming top up programme, which takes place in after Easter in 2017 this, is an intense two-week programme for the pupils who could not swim. 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.
- 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.
- Hopefully, by the end of year 8, when their swimming ends. The majority will be able to swim 25 meters unaided, this is 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 2016-2017
- 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 2015-2016, and we hope to continue the success throughout the academic year 2016-2017.
- The PE department believes these fixtures were pupils are engaging in sports 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 2016-2017
- 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.
- The PE department invested in a new trampoline in the academic year 2015-2016. The head teacher has been very proactive in introducing this initiative, we now have 5 fully trained level 1 teachers in the department and I fully trained level 2 teacher, to help deliver trampoline sessions during Curriculum time PE and also during lunchtimes.
- 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 2016-2017 participation levels have increased, behaviour has improved, but more importantly their overall self-confidence and self-esteem and progress has improved immensely.