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 a successful year in 2018-19 which we hope to continue! Congratulations to the first team football who battled it out to win the South Area Cup, beating a number of primary schools in the Stockport area. It really was a thrilling watch, and everyone is so proud of each player that was in the squad.
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 2018-2019:
98% could swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
98% could use a range of strokes effectively (for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke)
98% perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
The children at Vernon enjoy many opportuities to try different sports either within lessons or through extra-curricular clubs and visits from outside sporting companies.
In the Autumn term, Key Stage 2 have had tag-rugby curriculum sessions which have been run by Sale Sharks. They have also run an after-school club which has been very popular.
Year 3 and 4 have attended the Sportshall Athletics competition at the local high school and some children have competed in a football tournament. Year 5 and 6 girls have also taken part in a football event. We are incredibly proud of all the children that competed and the team spirit displayed.
Year 5 and 6 have been training hard for their Sportshall Athletics competition. Each Monday, the selected children have been coached in preparation for the event and we wish them all the luck next week.
Our football teams have started their season off well making it into the semi-finals of the South Area Cup and winning many games in the large schools tournament.
It will continue to be a busy year of sport as we look forward to many more football matches, the annual cross country event, tri-golf tournament, High Five netball festival, hockey event, tag-rugby competition and many more. Keep a look out for news events across the year.
Ben Bush, a professional tennis coach, continues to run tennis sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for children in Years Two to Five. As well as this, he will be running curriculum sessions for all children in Key Stage Two in the Summer term.
Professional coaches will continue to run curriculum sessions over the year such as tri-golf and cricket.
We believe that, at Vernon, we provide opportunities for all pupils to find an activity that they can enjoy, build team working and develop their skills at all levels.