PE and Sport at Pittington
Curriculum at Pittington
During their first term in Nursery children have been exploring the different ways in which their bodies can move. They are still developing the ability to watch an action modelled by an adult and to know how to control their bodies to match it. This can be really hard! Sometimes children listen to music or a song to help them follow instructions to copy movements and sometimes they watch the movements from another person and try to copy.
Children have opportunities during sessions to develop balance and core stability through activities like building and completing obstacle courses, and navigating the slack line. To develop muscle co-ordination they are given ample time to run, climb, dig, lift and carry to develop strength and fluid body movements. We can see this strength developing through the term and work on these gross motor skills has enabled the children’s fine motor skills to develop. Now they can use small tools like sewing needles, hammers and mark making equipment more accurately.
Climbing opportunities have helped the children to develop balance, upper body strength and co-ordination
Fine motor skills have developed with lots of opportunities to develop the pre-requisite gross motor skills
In Reception we have had lots of fun learning gross motor and fine motor physical skills. The children have learnt about staying safe with outdoor equipment as well as being encouraged to take risks and climb!
Indoors the children have enjoyed using their smaller movement skills to pour rice with developing precision, manipulate writing tools and thread a variety of materials.
The children have begun to visit the school hall and are developing their skills at getting ready.
Key Stage 1
In Year 1 they have started looking at warm ups and cool downs and why they are important. The children have explored different ways to warm up and cool down and could now lead their own mini warm up/cool down.
We have had the pleasure of the Durham Sixth Form Sports students coming in to teach gymnastics. They have supported the children well in knowing how to be fluent when completing different movements. They guided the children effectively through the safe use of the gymnastics apparatus and how to include movements when on apparatus. To pull all of their gymnastics lessons together, in small groups the children performed the movements they had learnt and made up their own routine to present to the rest of the class.
Year 2 have had a busy start to the year and went to a multisport festival in October and were so active the cold winds didn’t matter! They enjoyed a range of different activities such as team tag, golf putting, hockey and penalty shootouts.
Year 2 have also been working alongside the Durham Sixth form students to develop their gymnastic skills. The children have really enjoyed learning from their coaches and even competed in a gymnastics competition with judges, scorecards and a lot of excitement.
Key Stage 2
Year 3 have been learning about orienteering with assistance from a coach from the Durham and Chester le Street School Sport Partnership. They have also choreographed a dance themed on clocks and time, which they linked with a poem used in maths to help remember key time-related fatcs. After a golf festival in the first weeks of the term, the children have further developed skills learnt during that educational visit and more recently they have practised aspects of throwing, catching and tactics used in basketball and netball.
Year 4 have had a very busy start to the year which has included taking part in a Quicksticks Hockey Festival and a Gymnastics Carousel. The children have worked hard to develop their hockey skills and the stick control has been impressive. We had lots of fun taking part in mini games and refining our skills. In addition, we have focused upon football as an invasion game and have started to work in pairs upon gymnastic compositions which include travelling, balancing, rolling and jumping. The children have really enjoyed adapting their routines to include the apparatus and we have been thoroughly impressed by them.
Year 5 have been busy learning a great street dance routine with a coach from the SSP and got to use the amazing new facilities at Maiden Castle. The Dance festival is going to be a breeze with such moves! They also had fabulous fun at the multi-skills festival, learning about how to work as a team, use space, attack and defend. Mrs Emerson got to see just how competitive the children really are — what a transformation from year 1! They have also experienced an active dance session where they worked continuously for 45 minutes, learning different dance moves to different tempos. It was a fabulous taster session and great big smiles were all round. Within class, the Year 5 children have been working hard to develop their netball skills, have taken part in curriculum swimming lessons and have also been working on dance.
Year 6 have been playing basketball as part of the invasion games unit to develop their range of passing movements as a team. They have been attempting to outwit their opponents whilst applying principles of team play to keep possession. For a period of 7 weeks, Year 6 had a fantastic time working with a coach learning how to read maps, use a compass and work solidly as a team, supporting each other as part of our focus on OAA.
School Games – Year 5/6 Girls’ Football League
The Year5/6 Girls’ Football team have been competing in the league and managed to finish in 6th place overall. The improvement in the football from the team was fantastic to see and we are very proud of their efforts and performances. I have to say that the team were out training in the cold and the wind, and I am so impressed with their attitude and determination.
Pittington 2 – 1 St Michael’s
Pittington 0 – 1 Bluecoat
Pittington 0 – 3 Framwellgate
Pittington 0 - 5 Esh CofE
Pittington 1 – 1 Neville’s Cross
Pittington 1 – 1 Bowburn
Pittington 0 – 1 Finchale
Pittington 0 – 0 St Patricks
School Games – Year 5/6 Mixed Football League
Our Y5/6 Mixed Football Team have competed in a league competition against other local schools. The team performed extremely well to finish in second place overall and receive silver medals. The children played some very pleasing football and had a great sporting attitude to all of their matches. We were extremely proud of their performances and the way that they approached these opportunities.
Pittington 1 – 0 Esh Winning
Pittington 3 – 2 Kelloe
Pittington 7 – 0 West Rainton
Pittington 4 – 0 Silver Tree
Pittington 1 – 0 St Michael’s B
Pittington 0 – 3 Sacriston
Pittington 3 – 0 St Michael’s A
Pittington 0 – 0 St Patricks
School Games – Cross Country
Our Key Stage 2 Cross Country team competed in a competition held at Meadowfield Leisure Centre. Children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 took part after being selected from trials held in school. It was an excellent sporting event and I was very impressed with the performance levels of the children. Again, the children were a real pleasure to take to the event and displayed such a super approach.
School Games – Year 2 Multi Skills
Year 2 went to a multisport festival in October and were so active the cold winds didn’t matter! They enjoyed a range of different activities such as team tag, golf putting, hockey and penalty shootouts.
School Games – Year 5 Multi-skills
Year 5 had fabulous fun at the multi-skills festival, learning about how to work as a team, use space, attack and defend. Mrs Emerson got to see just how competitive the children really are — what a transformation from year 1! The class had the opportunity to try out street dance and invasion games.
School Games – Zumba Kids
Our Year 5 and 6 children experienced a very active morning in school when a coach from the local school sport partnership visited. They took part in a morning of Zumba Kids’ activities. They worked continuously for 45 minutes learning different dance moves to different tempos and great fun was had by all.
School Games – Year 6 Multi-sport
Year 6 children and Mrs Atkinson have visited the Year 6 Multi Sport Event as a sporting way to begin the year in school.
School Games – Tag Rugby
A team of children from Years 5 and 6 competed in the Key Stage 2 Tag Rugby Competition and I know that Mrs Atkinson was very pleased with the attitude and approach which they displayed. The children worked well to learn the rules and develop their movement skills before attending the festival.
School Games – Year 6 Sportshall Athletics
Year 6 took part in a Sportshall Athletics event at Belmont School. They competed against other local schools and we were very proud of their efforts.
School Games – Year 3 Tri Golf
Children in Year 3 have visited the Tri Golf Festival alongside Mr Moult. This has given quite a few of them the opportunity to try out the new skills which they began to develop in the previous year group. The children had the opportunity to develop a range of golfing skills alongside other schools.
School Games – Year 3 Multisport
Our Year 3 children have also taken part in a Multi Sports Festival. They experienced opportunities in dodgeball and athletics.
School Games – Year 4 Quicksticks Hockey Festival
Our Year 4 children visited Maiden Castle to take part in a Quicksticks Hockey Festival. They played some super hockey and the stick control which they have worked on in class was certainly evident. They had the opportunity to compete against a number of other schools.
School Games – Year 4 Gymnastics Carousel
Our children in Year 4 took part in a Gymnastic Carousel and I must say that it was an exciting and enjoyable morning. The Year 4 children have shown such a super approach towards this sport and this was certainly evident at this event. The children really impressed with their agility.
2019 Sports Day
Sport in School
All across school our classes have been taking part in a wide range of sporting and active opportunities this term.
One of the focus areas for Year 6 has been cricket. Here they have been learning about how to set a field to reduce the number of runs scored and how to work in a batting pair. The class have worked really hard to develop their overarm bowling.
Other classes in school have also been looking to develop their striking and fielding skills such as Year 5 and Year 4.
Dance has also been a focus area for the Year 4 children.
Children in Year 3 have had the opportunity to work with a golf coach in school – they will soon be ready for the championship courses.
Meanwhile, Year 1 have been very much developing their footballing skills within invasion games.
Reception have been exploring movement. They had a whole class football game on the big field. We talked about teams and sportsmanship.
They have been using lots of equipment in PE. The children have been creating their own activities and taking the lead to organise them and demonstrate them to their peers.
They have had obstacle courses, new games such as ‘find the treasure’ and a penalty shoot-out!
We had the opportunity of taster sessions in school from Destination Judo. The children had the experience of a new sport and there were lots of smiles and activity. Lots of judo fun was had from Reception to Year 6.
Katy Daly - Mclean
We had the huge honour of a visit from England Rugby Captain and World Cup winner Katy Daly – McLean. Katy spent the day in school with us and worked with classes to develop rugby skills. Her tales of overcoming difficulties and showing determination were a real inspiration to us all. It was not a day that we would forget and we all have some very special memories from it.
Level 3 Games
We had three different groups of children representing the school at the Level 3 Games event at Maiden Castle. The Change4Life group were there to experience a range of different sports, the girls’ football had qualified to represent Durham City, as had the basketball team. The girls’ football team had a super day and played some impressive football. The basketball team also competed well and finished in an eventual third place to win bronze medals. We are very proud of the efforts of all of the children.
School Games – Durham City Athletics Competition
We sent a team to the KS2 Athletics Competition at the Riverside. The children competed brilliantly and we were very impressed with their efforts. We certainly have some fantastic athletes in school and finished in 2nd place overall. Two children set new Durham City records and five of our children qualified for the Durham City team for the county finals.
School Games – Y5/6 Cricket
A team of children from Year 5 and 6 competed in the Cricket Competition at Brandon. We certainly have some able cricketers in school and they competed impressively.
School Games – Quadkids
Two teams from Year 3 and Year 4 competed in the Quadkids Competition. They took part in four different athletics events and we were extremely proud of their efforts.
School Games – Netball League
A team of children from Year 5 and 6 competed in the High 5 Netball Competition. They played against other local schools and really competed well finishing in sixth place overall.
School Games – Change4Life Festival
A team of children from Year 3 to Year 5 took part in the Change4Life Festival at Freeman’s Quay. They had such a superb attitude and certainly impressed the staff member who accompanied them.
School Games - OAA and Key Stage 1 Mini Olympics
Year 1 visited an O.A.A. festival and both Year 1 and Year 2 visited the Key Stage 1 Mini Olympics.
School Games Day
We held our annual School Games Day in school. Great fun was had by all as different classes competed in the sports which they have focused upon over the year. This included hockey, dodgeball, netball, football and athletics. Each house team competed against each other and the children had the opportunity to win bands to celebrate the School Games Values. The day also began with a motivational poem read by some of our children. In a close run competition Mars and Saturn finished as joint winners.
We had the opportunity of a Skipping Day in school. Everyone from Reception to Year 6 came and joined in. The children also have the opportunity to further develop their skills in the active skipping zone on the school yard.
School Games Y2 Multisport
Year 2 visited a multisport festival and had a very active afternoon in May.
School Games – Four competitions
Our mixed football team in Years 5 and 6 have experienced a rather remarkable season and have now won four different competitions. They have played some great football and have now won the Autumn Term Durham Johnston League, the Spring Term Durham Johnston Pearl League, the 5-a-side Football Cup and the Durham City Football Cup. We are all very proud indeed of their achievements.
School Games – 5-a-side Cup
Our mixed football team in Years 5 and 6 competed in the 5-a-side cup which was held at Soccarena. The team played magnificently and managed to finish the completion unbeaten and lift the trophy. They went on to compete in the next round of the competition at Stanley.
School Games – Durham City Basketball Competition
We sent a team of young basketball players to compete in the Durham City Basketball Competition which was held at Maiden Castle in Durham. The team competed against other schools in their group before eventually qualifying to play in the final. Some superb basketball was played and the team eventually emerged as the overall winners. We are extremely proud of the children and they will go on to represent Durham City in the Level 3 Summer Games in July.
School Games – Dance Festival
Our children in Years 2 and 5 have been working really hard on their dance performances which they performed at the Durham Gala Theatre to a packed audience. The dances were indeed very impressive and we certainly have a lot of talent within school in this area. Year 2 performed their very feline ‘Cat Dance’ and Year 5 performed ‘Rio Carnival.’
School Games – Dance Workshop
Year 2 enjoyed a dance workshop which included a whole range of different styles packed into a rhythm packed morning. The styles covered included street dance, Bollywood, line dancing, cheerleading and street dance.
School Games – Durham City Swimming Gala
We sent a swimming team to the KS2 Swimming Gala at Freeman’s Quay. The children competed brilliantly and we were very impressed with their efforts. We certainly have some fantastic swimmers in school and we finished in tenth place overall.
School Games – Go Ride Festival
A team of children competed in the Go Ride Festival at Meadowfield. This involved completing a track on a mountain bike. The children had a great time and really competed well. It was a great opportunity to experience a new sport.
School Games – Triathlon
A team of children from Year 5 and 6 competed in the Triathlon Competition at Freeman’s Quay. This involved swimming, cycling and running. The team were superb and eventually finished in eighth place overall – well done everyone.
School Games – County Cross Country
We have one child in school who competed admirably in the County Cross Country Finals and we are very proud of this accomplishment.
School Games – Gymnastic Carousel
The children in Year 1 have visited a local gymnastic centre to take part in a carousel of activities. A lot of fun was had by all as they experienced a new sporting opportunity.
School Games – Fitness Fun
During the Spring Term, Y5 and Y6 had a fitness coach in school to deliver fitness sessions once a week. They were very energetic and each one of us improved our personal best for either star jumps, lunges, squats, sit ups, planks, speed bounces and skipping.
School Games – Durham City Cup
Our mixed football team in Years 5 and 6 competed in the end of season Durham City Cup at Meadowfield. The team continued to play some impressive passes and even managed to progress through a rather tense semi-final penalty shoot-out. The team really came together in the final to win the trophy - it has been a rather unbelievable season.
School Games – Girls’ County Cup Football
Our girls’ football team visited Durham Johnston to compete in the County Cup Football Competition. The team played some excellent football and had a strong record of two wins, one draw and one defeat. They will now go on to compete in the next round of the competition. We are very proud of their efforts.
School Games – Netball
Children in school have had the chance to develop their skills in preparation for competing in netball. Two teams had the opportunity to train and then compete against each other. We will also be attending the Netball League later in the year.
School Games – Mixed Football League Spring Pearl League
Our mixed football team in Years 5 and 6 have really shone this season. They have competed in the Durham Johnson Spring League and managed to end the season as league winners. We are all very proud of their achievements. The final round of fixtures were certainly nail-biting with a last minute winner being scored in the penultimate match.
Pittington 2 – 0 St Michaels
Pittington 1 – 0 Browney
Pittington 4 – 0 Shincliffe
Pittington 4 – 2 Neville’s Cross
Pittington 1 – 2 Esh CE
Pittington 1 – 0 Bowburn
Pittington 3 – 0 Bluecoat
School Games – Sport Leader Training
Children in Year 5 have been training to support all children in school at break times. They have undergone their training and will be ready to support children being active at school during break times. They now know lots of games to play and organise - no equipment necessary.
School Games – Tri Golf Festival
Our Year 3 children visited the Tri Golf Festival alongside Mr Moult. The children had great fun and made a super start with this new sporting experience.
School Games – Year 4 Football Cup
A team of Year 4 football players visited Durham Johnston alongside their coach to compete in the cup. The team had a super approach and even composed their own football song for the event. They competed brilliantly and were tied for the lead in their group, unfortunately just missing out on the next stages on goal difference.
At Pittington Primary School we have a commitment to school sport and activity. We provide a wide range of sporting opportunities. These can include: after school clubs, competitive sporting teams, festivals and competitions for classes in Key Stage 1 and 2 and fun lunchtime leagues. We are also working hard to provide and develop active opportunities for children during break and lunchtimes.
Durham and Chester-Le-Street School Sport Partnership
We do work in partnership with the Durham and Chester-Le-Street School Sport Partnership to provide competition and experiences in a wide range of sports. These can include sports such as football, cycling, urban athletics, dance, swimming and many more. Through our work with the partnership we also have access to specialist coaches who come into school to work with both the staff and the children.
School Games Mark Award
We are very proud to say that the school have been awarded the School Games Silver Mark for school sports and activity.
We are very proud of this and thank all of the children for their efforts and approach to these activities – well done.
School Games – Mixed Football League
Our mixed football team in Years 5 and 6 have performed admirably so far this year. They have competed in the Durham Johnson Football League and managed to complete the season unbeaten after winning all of their games. We are all very proud of their achievements and the great team spirit and sporting attitude which they have displayed.
Pittington 4 – 0 Cheveley Park
Pittington 5 – 0 Shincliffe
Pittington 5 – 0 Gilesgate
Pittington 4 – 1 Neville’s Cross
Pittington 2 – 0 Bluecoat
Pittington 3 – 0 Bowburn
Pittington 4 – 0 Finchale
School Games – Girls’ Football League
Our girls’ football team in Years 5 and 6 have been competing in the league competition held at Meadowfield. The attitude, approach and skills on show have been impressive. The team competed fantastically and managed to finish in second place overall. We are all very proud of the team’s achievements.
Pittington 0 – 3 Bluecoat
Pittington 2 – 1 Neville’s Cross
Pittington 3 – 0 Finchale
Pittington 4 – 0 Gilesgate
Pittington 3 – 0 St Michaels
Pittington 4 – 0 Bowburn Juniors
School Games – Cross Country Event
Children from across Key Stage 2 visited Meadowfield in October to compete in the Durham City Cross Country Event. We are very pleased to say that the children were amazing. They applied so much effort and endeavour. Overall we even managed to have 3 children qualify for the County Cross Country event which will be held in 2019 – well done to all.
School Games – Indoor Athletics
Children from Year 6 visited Belmont School in November to compete in the Indoor Athletics Competition. They were competing against a range of other schools and needed to demonstrate speed, skill, strength and agility. The events included relays, throwing events jumping and even an obstacle challenge. The children were a credit to our school and managed to finish in second place overall.
School Games – Quicksticks Hockey
Children from Year 4 visited Maiden Castle in October to compete in a hockey festival. They were competing against a range of other schools and needed to demonstrate the skills which they had been developing. In class they had worked on dribbling, passing and shooting. It was a fantastic day and great fun was had by all.
Robinwood Residential Visit
Children in year 6 visited Robinwood Activity Centre, Alston for a residential visit in October. It was a fantastic experience for all and involved great amounts of fun. The children experienced a trip away from home with their friends and had the opportunity to try out a range of adventurous activities.