Our Aim as a Department
Within our Physical Education Department we aim to deliver a wide range of sport and physical activities to provide our students with as many opportunities as possible.
Sport teaches you character, it teaches you to play rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose. It teaches you about life – Billie Jean King
As a school we believe in raising aspirations and inspiring success, as a PE department we believe that both physical activity and sport not only delivers this but opens doors within our own subject and many others. Without our health our lives are dramatically effected negatively and we believe it is important to in still the substantial positive influence physical activity and sport brings to our lives holistically. Physical activity and sport not only has a physical benefit but a mental, social, cultural and future changing outcome. There is a place for everyone in physical activity and sport whether it is as a participate, officiate or coach and it is our aim to allow our students to experience all of these and encourage future involvement.
Opportunities for our students in school
Not only do we aim to provide a wide range of activities within our PE lessons we also aim to provide a range of extracurricular clubs as well. Please check out the Sport Clubs section to see our latest clubs that are running this term. Furthermore, we aim to keep our own training up to date and relevant to provide as many high quality opportunities as possible. For example, we are privileged to have our own trampoline with both our PE teachers holding Level 2 Trampoline Teacher qualification. We are also advocates for using our excellent and local coaches who bring in fantastic expertise and links to encourage our students to continue their participation beyond the school bell.
Sport Clubs this Term – these are regularly updated under the ‘Pupils’ section of our website
House Games - Each term our students compete as individuals or teams to earn points for their houses Fleming, Lauder, Seton and Stewart. These competitions include hockey, rugby, cross country, football, netball, Non-Competitive and Competitive Sports Day, Rounders and Cricket.
Area Competitions – We like to take as many students and teams as possible to competitions. These include; cross country, tag rugby, football, rugby, netball, hockey, athletics, cricket, rounders and indoor athletics. We are also hosts to both the area football and netball competitions.
Year 8 Sport Leaders – Our Year 8 students get the opportunity to take part in training which allows them to develop important life skills as leaders and coaches which allows them to lead our house games, class competitions and lessons with our younger students and also help run our Year 4 Sport Transition Events.
House Captains – They take a leadership role in organising and leading their house to victory in sporting activities and charity events.
Year 6 School Sport Organising Crew – A group of our Year 6 students are introduction to the importance of sport and physical activity and how they can make a difference to how this is delivered within our school.
Swimming – All of our Year 5 and Year 6 students have access to free swimming lessons. Not only is this a compulsory part of meeting the National Curriculum Aims we also strongly believe the importance of learning to swim, living in a coastal area. Mrs Steele is also a Level 2 Swim Teacher and in the past we have also run our own School Swimming Club, which is something we hope to develop further next year.
Bike Ability – In Year 5 and Year 6 our students have the opportunity to take part in Level 1 and Level 2 Bike Ability. This course promotes safe and sustainable cycling and teaches bikers about bike safety and maintenance. Also the rules of the roads and how to cycle safely with their friends. In Year 8 our students can take a more advanced Level 3 course which takes our students often on a bike ride around Berwick and on busier roads and roundabouts. Three members of our staff are Level 1 Bike Ride Leaders which allows us to run a bike trip to Cocklawburn during Activities Day.
Modeshift STARs – We are proud winners of multiple Modeshift Awards. We have won the National Award twice and the Regional Award for Northumberland, Durham and Humber three times. Not only is it important to promote sport but also sustainable physical activity. This includes active physical travel to and from school. We do this by getting involved in events such as; Scooter and Skateboard Training, Bike to School Week, Walk to School Week, Sustrans - The Big Walk and Wheel and Bikers Breakfast.
Sport Clubs Links – We have links with a range of clubs including; Berwick Hockey Club, Berwick Cricket Club, Berwick Rangers, Tweedmouth Rangers, Goswick Golf Club, Berwick Rugby Club, DC Gymnastics, Berwick Tennis Club, Dance City and Newcastle Eagles.
Sport Coaches and Instructors who deliver in school - Dougie Hall –Rugby, Nicole Frost – Zumba, Mrs Garland – Zumba, Chloë Smith – Dance, Michaela Wate/Dance City – Dance, Hazel Ward – Tennis, Steve Nutt – Cricket, Nicole and Reegan - Football and Haydn Marklew – School Games Coordinator.
School Games – We are proud to announce that this year we were award the Platinum Award for all our work in promoting sport and physical activities in and out of school.