SPORT AT PATHWAYS ACADEMY
At Pathways our aim is to create a high quality physical education environment, which offers our children the opportunity to develop fundamental skills that inspires all pupils to succeed in competitive sport in and out of school.
We endeavour to give children the platform to become physically confident, to embed values, respect and fairness and to encourage them to lead healthy active lives.
Pathways winter of sport. here is a run down of all things happening with in the pe department:
The Pathways Cross Country team is back and this year with a huge squad. The sport is growing in popularity and we have over 20 runners signed up this year in the hope of running for the academy. We have so far participated in 3 races with 3 still to go. We have had lots of personal bests and even some school records. Anyone wanting to give Cross Country a go see Mr. Millns.
Pathways have once again entered the Sheffield Schools Football League. Both girls and boys from Year 5 and Year 6 have already started playing matches and have shown real improvement. The boys teams have played against Southey Green, Hartley Brook and Watercliffe Meadows, whilst the girls have begun their season with a game against Southey Green. Though we have not yet got the results we want, performances are improving. This was true in the Arches Boys Futsal Competition with the B Team finishing a fantastic 4th.
At the end of last year, Pathways formed a new working partnership with Sheffield Wednesday Football Club and this year we have signed up to work with the club in the hope of engaging more children in activity and improving standards across the academy. SWFC have put together a bespoke programme for us which includes lessons for our Willows class and also a reading programme for our Year 4 children.
Last year saw the launch of the Pathways Sports Leaders Programme. The programme was a great success and saw 14 children chosen to assist wit playground games and the planning of school sport. The leaders last year were chosen by the class teachers and as they move into Year 6, they will continue to be a Sports Leader. When choosing the new Year 5 Sports Leaders, children were asked to apply by letter explaining why they wanted to be a Sports Leader. After a huge amount of applications, 18 new Leaders have been chosen. So far the Sports Leaders have led in the KS1 Playground, the KS2 Playground and they have even assisted with Interhouse Sports Competitions..
Pathways promotes SPORT FOR ALL. This is certainly true for our SEND children. This year already, Sheffield Wednesday have been delivering bespoke PE lessons to our Willows children and many of our SEND children have attended a specific SEND sports event. We have already attended the Arches Inclusive Games and Sheffield Wednesday SEND Sports Festival. At these events, the children have participated in fencing, tri golf, football, goal ball, archery, cricket, boccia and seated volleyball. We look forward to more events to come.
Last term, we took 20 children to Concord Sports Centre to take part in the Arches Sports Hall Athletics Competition. Knowing that the top 2 schools would progress to the next round, the children were extremely excited. Each child took part in 2 track events and 1 field event with the combined score being our school total. I was so impressed with the effort and team spirit showed by all the children. We did amazingly well but just missed out on progressing to Round 2 by finishing 4th.
As we try to promote healthy lifestyles within our academy, we encourage all children to travel actively to school. We have done this through forming a partnership with Sheffield City Council where ‘Biking Amy’ has delivered Dr. Bike Workshops, Nursery Balance Biking and Year 1 Scooting Skills. She has also delivered a whole school assembly. As nights get lighter, we want to see our children as active as possible.
Our Year 4 Basketball team attended the Arches Basketball Tournament at Forge Valley School. Basketball is a hugely popular sport at Pathways and therefore we have practised lots in both after school clubs and in PE lessons. The children were awesome. We managed to get all the way to the semi finals narrowly missing out on the final via over time. We look forward to more basketball competitions this year.
Sheffield Rowing visit
Last term our Year 4 children were lucky to work with the University of Sheffield Rowing Club. The club were looking to work within the community so approached Pathways in the hope of delivering a land based taster session about the levels of fitness needed to row. Our children responded brilliantly taking part in 3 stations. The station they loved the most was the rowing machines – we have some future rowers for sure.
Girls in Sport
Many people will know that every Wednesday lunch we host a Girls only Sports Club. No boys allowed, only girls in the hall. A place they are comfortable to attend and take part in exercise and activity. To build on this and encourage more girls to take part in sport, we recently organised a day with Totally Runnable, a company that promote girls sport and get the message about the need to promote equality and fairness. As a result of the day, many of the Pathways Girls will now organise a Pathways Girls In Sport Afternoon. It promises to be a very special day.
Inter House sport
After the roaring success of splitting our children into houses for Sports Day last year, we hope to encourage house identity even more this year through inter house competitions, the first of which happened in December with Year 6 and Year 3 Interhouse Basketball. We had banners, music, cheering and even Sports Leaders leading events. Both competitions saw some great basketball played and fantastic team spirit.
some Key Dates!
Spring Term is here and the Sporting Competitions and events don’t slow down.
Here are some key dates to keep parents/carers updated:
9th January – Sports Leaders Meeting
10th January (for 5 weeks) – Y6 Year 6 Children to Try Fencing in PE
13th January (for 3 weeks) – EYFS Children to Start Balance Biking Sessions
16th January – Y3/Y4 Handball Competition
22nd January – Y5/Y6 EFL Football Competition with SWFC
23rd January – Y5/Y6 Handball Competition
25th January – Cross Country Event
6th February – Y5, Y5/Y6 Girls Football v Beck
6th February – Y5 Basketball Competition
8th February – Cross Country Competition
13th February – Sports Leaders Meeting
29th February – Cross Country Competition
3rd March – Y3/Y4/Y5/Y6 Gymnastics Competition
9th March – Sport Relief Week
11th March – SEND Ice Sheffield Visit
17th March – Pathways Performing Arts Show
19th March – Sports Leaders Meeting
24th March – KS1 Sports Festival
Thursday 11th July – Y2 Arches Football Festival – Concord Sports Centre.