We have good facilities for sports and our pupils receive 2 hours of teaching per week. In addition the daily mile enables us to offer at least another 45 minutes of timetabled exercise. We have two netball courts and markings for a variety of other sports. Our school field is marked out with two football pitches, rounders pitches and a running track.
We encourage pupils to also take part in sports or practise during playtime and lunchtime. We have sports and play leaders from Years 5 & 6 who help the younger pupils and organise team practice. Playtimes are a hive of activity with staff joining in to support pupils.
St Lawrence is a small school but we often perform well in district competitions. We enter the football, tag rugby, netball. rounders, cross country, athletics, judo and swimming competitions. Our focus is on giving pupils an experience of competitive sport and allowing them to compete and improve on previous performances. Above all we want all our pupils to become good team players and to develop a love of sport which will continue when they leave us.
This year we have been very successful. Our 5/6 Girls B Team were runners up in a football tournament held between 6 local schools. Our 5/6 netball team were 3rd in the WASPS netball tournament. We won a medal in the local cross country and had some first places in the Athletics. At every event our teams showed great teamwork and enthusiasm and above all they enjoyed their experiences. Over half of all ks2 pupils have represented the school in a sport this year. Over 80% of our pupils attend a sports club in school.
We have built links with local clubs and celebrate our pupils' achievements outside school.
Outdoor games lessons are taken by class teachers and teaching assistants. The swimming lessons are taught by qualified swimming teachers.
Our Sports Leaders were chosen for their sporting ability, sense of fair play, modesty and the way they encourage everyone to do their very best.
We will be recruiting new Play and Sports leaders for the new school year.
This year we also awarded a cup to the person who has shown dedication, a sense of fair play and the ability to motivate a team. Evan S was the very deserving winner. Congratulations!
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Gold School Games Award. The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.
Our whole school is committed to sport. Our children are enthusiastic and our staff enjoy supporting the pupils and encouraging them to succeed.
We are incredibly proud of this success and hope to apply again in 2018.
We are enthusiastic supporters of the Daily Mile initiative and are delighted with the response so far. Each class is aiming to run 3 times a week and we have a course mapped out over the two playgrounds.
When the weather improves we run on the field too.
The children are encouraged to run, jog or walk and to cover the mile in under 15 minutes.
We are seeing improved fitness and also see a difference in learning. Our pupils are overwhelmingly positive and many parents have expressed their support.
For more information about this National scheme please follow this link http://thedailymile.co.uk/register/