Curriculum Lead: Natasha Clark (KS2) and Sarah Lloyd (KS1)
Physical education at Coten End provides opportunities for all pupils to become physically active in a way that supports their health and fitness. Children will be given the opportunity to be active on a daily basis and will learn the importance of exercise as a lifestyle. It gives chances for children to be creative, cooperative and competitive and to face up to diverse challenges both as individuals and in groups. Many activities taught in PE improve teamwork and leadership skills, whereby children can develop essential concepts of fair play, honest competition and good sportsmanship. We aim to provide children with a broad range of physical activities, with a progression of skills that builds on past understandings and combines new practices. We strive to deliver engaging and inclusive lessons so that children of all capabilities can appreciate and enjoy PE for sustained periods of time. We enable all children to swim competently and learn about water safety as an essential life-saving skill. Physical education can also reduce anxiety, stress and tension and results in improved attention in the classroom, fundamentally supporting children’s mental wellbeing.
Wasps Netball Community Day
On 14th November 2019, Coten End's Netball Team travelled up to the Ricoh Arena to participate in Wasps Netball community day. Despite the miserable weather, it did not dampen the children’s enjoyment of the mornings activities.
The morning started with a welcome induction by 5x time Super league grand-finalist and Wasps Head Coach Mel Mansfield, who spoke about what her role at Wasps Netball consists of and the steps she has taken to achieve her ambition of becoming a Netball head coach.
Afterwards, the children rotated through various different netball activities led by Wasps Netball coaches (Including Miss Blair, who the children were delighted to see!). With the highlight being a Netball match against another school on an inflatable court.
In addition, the children were given a tour around the Wasps dressing room by Wasps Netball players including Jade Clarke who has recently won Gold at the Commonwealth Games with England.
Year 5/6 Athletics Tournament
On 7th November, thirty Year 5 & 6 pupils headed to Myton School to compete in an indoor athletics tournament. For many, this was their first competitive experience in a sporting setting. Coten End competed against pupils from All Saints, Bishops Tachbrook, Budbrooke, Telford, Newburgh, Ferncumbe and Woodloes, with the top two progressing through to the county finals.
With little practice and experience the children excelled in at both the field and track events, with particular highlights in the 6 lap parluuf relay race and the vertical jump. Impressively, Coten End finished 2nd with 312 points, narrowly behind Telford, with both schools thrilled to be in the county finals.
With more experience and a taste of competitive sport, Coten End headed to Newbold Comyn Leisure Centre and were eager to go one better and win the county finals. Strong displays in all activities especially the 4x1 lap relay and speed bounce resulted in Coten End amassing a fantastic total of 331 points. However, this total was not quite high enough to win, finishing 3rd, with the impressive Telford progressing through to represent Central Warwickshire in the Midlands finals.
The Coten End pupils conducted themselves perfectly, congratulating Telford for winning and were a credit to themselves and Coten End. They can be extremely proud of their performance, competing so strongly with very little practice.
Year 2 Infant Agility Tournament
On 9th October 2019, thirty year 2 Coten End pupils competed in an infant agility tournament at a blustery Kingsley Sports Ground. With very few children having competed in a sporting tournament before, they were extremely excited and keen to showcase their skills. The children participated in Javelin, Speed bounce, Bean bag toss and running relays, with many of these events being the first time the pupils had tried them.
The event was attended by over 900 pupils, with Coten End finishing a fantastic 8th place out of 27 schools, with Newburgh being the eventual winners.
Although many of the events were completely new to the pupils, they listened and followed instructions fantastically from various sports leaders, despite being extremely excited to participate in the activities.