As a result of developing more extra curricular clubs, we would like children to have the opportunity to compete against other schools in the local area. This means that many of the children will be given the opportunity to compete in inter-school competitions throughout the year. We feel that this experience is beneficial to all children and will give them a true representation of how it feels to participate in a competitive sport. To ensure there are opportunities for all children at school, no matter their ability, we take part in inclusive sports festivals and offer all year 5 and 6 children the opportunity to take part in at least one festival.
The children have benefited from increased coaching opportunity during the school day for the chosen festival coming up. Before choosing a team to compete we have allowed for opportunities for G&T children to be identified as well as showcase their skills in competition. We have already competed in new events, for example the Biathlon festival. Due to investment of time, we have succeeded in finishing 1st in the Inclusive Football, finished joint 1st in the Year 4 tennis festival, won our regional Chance to Shine and KWIK cricket tournaments, level 3 Inclusive Rowing winners and many more highlights. Previously the school has enjoyed success with its football team reaching a national final, winning the Solihull league cup and is an aspiration for the current team.
Competitions inside school
Dickens Heath children enjoy a variety of sports throughout the year and intra competitions allow them to demonstrate their skills against their peers. During the year the children take part in a variety of competitions against each other, but we also organise a whole school Intra competition in these three sports:
During these competitions the children earn house points for there given house and the results from each year group are added together to give an overall winner for the event. Children take great pride in their individually achievements, but also get to explore their ability to work as a team.
This Girl Can
Dickens Heath School are proud to be part of the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign. It is a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations. It’s a celebration of active women up and down the country who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.
At Dickens Heath we run a weekly lunch time Change4life club with the support of our year 5 and 6 students. The Change4life sport club is targeted at the current gap in provision between fundamental movement and skill development at age 4 to 7.
They take the principals and specific skills from a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports and place them in a fun, vibrant and exciting activity club.
Primary clubs capture the essence of the sports without directly delivering sport specific content, and are grouped under three multi sport themes:
As part of our membership of the Lode Heath School Sport Partnership, Dickens Heath Community Primary School enjoys membership of the Sainsbury’s School Games programme. We are proud to say that in September 2017 we achieved the ‘GOLD’ School Games Award for our continued drive to provide outstanding PE and school sport for the second year.
Youth Sport Trust
Dickens Heath Primary School is a member of the Youth Sport Trust. The Youth Sport Trust is an independent charity that is devoted to changing young people’s lives through sport. Established in 1994, they are passionate about helping all young people to achieve their full potential in life by delivering high quality physical education and sport opportunities.