All pupils are given the opportunity to access a broad, exciting and high quality curriculum delivered by PE specialist staff, which is not something many schools can offer.
All pupils are given access to major team games, gymnastics, athletics, dance and health and fitness units of work. Swimming is offered in Year 5 and is delivered in the summer term.
Pupils receive two hours of PE and Games per week and are actively encouraged to extend this time by participating in the wide variety of extracurricular activities on offer.
The programme of study is progressive, allowing pupils to build on skills and knowledge every year in order to achieve at all stages of the school. Pupils are assessed at regular intervals and take part in peer evaluation and self-assessment tasks.
Pupils benefit from having lessons with specialist PE teaching staff and have access to many opportunities to get involved in different sports and activities. Through our progressive programme of study, extensive extracurricular programme, and House sports events there really is something for everyone here at Ralph Sadleir. Pupils can improve their physical competence, leadership skills, their understanding of strategy and tactics and above all have fun being active!
We have extensive playing fields which currently cater for an 11 a side football pitch, two 7 a side football pitches and space for practice on our upper field. In the summer, we have 4 rounders pitches, 2 cricket pitches and a 300m running track. We also have the use of a long jump pit for athletics. We have an indoor hall which is used for gymnastics, dance, badminton, table tennis and wet weather activities. We have our own mini bus and this provides us with transport to and from the numerous competitions and fixtures that take place away from the school. We are continually looking to upgrade equipment and facilities as we strive to provide the best quality experience we can in PE and games.
Ralph Sadleir is a Get Set Network school and is proud to continue the work of the Olympic legacy. We are one of a number of schools in the Region who have achieved this status due to our work to promote the Olympic and Paralympic values through various strategies including our living the values certificates last summer and our Olympic styled sports day.
We have also achieved the latest Silver Kite mark from the Youth Sport Trust in partnership with the Sainsbury’s school games which recognises our commitment to high quality PE and extracurricular sport. We are working on improving this for next year.
All pupils are encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities here at Ralph Sadleir in order to provide them with more opportunities to improve and practice their skills. Sports clubs are run at lunchtimes and after school and are led by our experienced staff and where possible, specialist coaches from local sports clubs.
We are proud of the array of sports clubs for pupils to get involved with and in the last 3 years we have seen more new clubs offered to our pupils, including Cheerleading in association with Saracens Rugby Club, Dodge ball, girls Basketball, cycling, speed stacking, table tennis and more!
We offer as many clubs as possible and continue to work as part of the North East Herts School Sports Partnership to help us bring in specialist coaches in some of the sports which we haven’t offered previously. This has been beneficial to many pupils here and it will continue to go from strength to strength. Last year alone saw us working with specialist coaches across rugby, cheerleading, dodge ball, cricket and basketball.
Ralph Sadleir has continued to grow its intra school sporting programme and has long had a history of House sporting competitions. We work hard to promote competition as well as inclusion and provide opportunities for all pupils to participate in House sports competitions.
We run competitions for many sports and activities including football, netball, swimming, cricket, rounders, skipping, speed stacking, table tennis and athletics. The results of these events go towards the overall House Cup which is presented at the end of each year.
In addition to all of these events, we hold 2 sports days a year. We hold a House based point scoring event where by teams complete a circuit of activities and try to score as many points as possible and this goes towards a special sports day cup. We also hold an Olympic styled traditional sports day where classes adopt a Nation from around the world and compete against each other in a variety of races. This is a great event with an opening ceremony which has a parade of Nations and the pupils make a real effort to support their adopted countries!
All pupils at Ralph Sadleir are encouraged to take part in inter school competition in the form of matches against other schools in order to develop their team work, leadership skills and most of all to gain a positive experience of competitive sport. Sports fixtures vary greatly and pupils are given the opportunity to enter competitions at District and County levels across kwik cricket, football, tag rugby, badminton, rugby, netball, rounders, cricket, cross country and athletics.
We have achieved a lot of success over the last 4 years here at Ralph Sadleir and we continue to increase the number of competitions we enter into. Last year saw some excellent results; with our Year 8 girls becoming Double District Champions in Rounders and Netball and our Year 5/6 girls Kwik Cricket team being crowned Triple/Treble winning District and County champions and then reaching the East of England Regional quarter finals being some of the highlights.
At the end of the last academic year we were fortunate enough to receive an allocation of tickets to see some Paralympic athletics at the Olympic stadium. This was made possible due to our work in achieving our Get Set Network accreditation. We took a group of year 7 Gifted and Talented pupils and watched visually impaired athletes in the long jump, wheel chair athletes and guided runners in what was a truly inspirational day and one that the pupils involved would never forget. We toured the Olympic park and took in the atmosphere of the occasion and we all had a brilliant experience.
As part of the thriving North East Herts School Sport Partnership, we work closely with our feeder first schools in order to improve their opportunities for taking part in school sport and competition, provide a familiar link with younger pupils who will become used to our staff and facilities and to increase the opportunity for our Sports Leaders to work with younger pupils. This is a vital transition link between the schools and we offer a good number of opportunities for the first school pupils to experience different sports and activities on our site with our Sports Leaders including festivals for tag rugby, football, cricket and cross country.
We actively encourage our pupils to develop their leadership skills through PE and games lessons and those who show particular interest in leadership aspects of the subject are invited to become Sports Leaders for Ralph Sadleir School. Those who work with us are trained by our staff to work alongside younger pupils in order to deliver basic coaching, organise teams and help to officiate in competitions and festivals. They are an integral part in our work with our feeder schools and are a valuable asset to the work of the PE department.
Pupils are given levels every half term and we monitor their progress regularly. We set aspirational targets for pupils and we do all we can to help our pupils to achieve their potential. A pupil’s end of year level will be made up of an average of their levels across their activity area assessments.
Pupils achieve well in PE and of our pupils who left us at the end of year 8 2013, 100% of them had achieved a level 5 grade or higher.
Year 5 and 6 pupils learn basic technical skills and are assessed on their competence performing these skills in practice and then on their application of these skills within competitive or modified game situations.
Year 7 and 8 pupils are assessed on their performances of skills and application of these skills but we also assess pupils on their understanding, leadership skills, knowledge of the activity and techniques to give a well-rounded view of their attainment within the subject.
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