Sport at Vernon, is a key part of the curriculum. Children have the opportunity to join many extra-curricular activities in addition to their regular PE lessons. Our PE includes dance, gymnastics and games whereby the children can experience many varied activities. We enjoy the regular sporting opportunities offered in the area, competing against schools in Cheshire and Greater Manchester.
Our school teams enjoyed successful Autumn and Spring terms in 2019-20, which we hope to continue! Congratulations to the lacrosse team who beat a number of primary schools in the Stockport area and came first in the competition.
Swimming and water safety is an extremely important part of the PE curriculum at Vernon Primary School and another way of helping children to lead healthy and active lives. Throughout the academic year, pupils in KS2 attend swimming lessons at Poynton Leisure centre in order to meet the National Curriculum requirements. This ensures that nearly every pupil leaving Vernon Primary School can reach the National requirement by the end of Year 6.
Pupils are grouped according to their ability and are taught to:
- Swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- Use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
- Perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Results for pupils in Year 6 the end of 2019-2020:
86% could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
86% could use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke)
86% perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
Due to COVID-19 the remaining Year 6 pupils who had not achieved the National Curriculum requirements, were unable to attend as school was closed when they were timetabled to receive extra sessions.
The children at Vernon enjoy many opportunities to try different sports either within lessons or through extra-curricular clubs and visits from outside sporting companies.
Due to COVID-19, specialist coaches are unable to run sessions. However we are lucky to have Mr Hunter, a specialist PE coach, who is in school full time running engaging lessons for all children.
Virtual sporting competitions are planned so that the children can still take part in competitive events against other primary school children in the area.
When appropriate, sports clubs will resume and specialist coaches will be invited back to school to run sessions, such as tennis coach, Ben Bush.
Inter-house competitions will happen in bubbles. Once skills are acquired in PE lessons, tournaments will be taking place allowing children to utilise their skills in a competitive environment.
We will be keeping you updated when guidelines change and we can announce more opportunities for the future.
We believe that, at Vernon, we provide opportunities for all pupils to find an activity that they can enjoy, build team working abilities and develop their skills at all levels.