Sport and PE
Sport and Physical Education form an important part of our curriculum. Weekly PE lessons take place throughout the year and our children are able to take advantage of extensive outdoor space, as well as our indoor facilities.. Teaching is carried out both by our own teaching staff and by specialist coaches.
Our children have the opportunity to take part in a range of different sporting activities in addition to the school curriculum, including after school sports and activity clubs.
Personal health and well-being
In a December 2016 survey of all pupils, 93% of children said that school "always" or "sometimes" teaches them how to live healthily. Ninety-three percent of children also said that they "always" or "sometimes" get plenty of opportunities for physical exercise at school.
Children have a positive attitude towards physical fitness. The "Daily Mile" is embedded across the school, with staff and pupils running, jogging or walking briskly together for 15 minutes each day. PE lessons always include activities that develop cardio-vascular fitness. The Boing! approach to PE minimises listening/instruction time, keeping children engaged and active throughout lessons. At break times, our spacious playground encourages creative, independent play with a fitness component when the children move through the large area.
After school sport clubs are popular across age ranges and genders. Over 150 sessions are attended each week, up from around 50 sessions three years ago. The diversity of clubs has greatly increased, as well as the diversity of the children taking part. The football club now includes a group of 10-12 girls who attend regularly. A special "Girls Games" club attracts 20-30 girls each week. Another 20-30 Key Stage 1 children attend a multi-sports session. Dodge ball club is capped at 60 children with an even spread from Year 1-6. All clubs are free of charge; the expansion and increased participation is funded by the Sport Premium.
Improved attitudes and behaviour towards learning
Over the past three years there has been a dramatic drop in behaviour related incidents across the school. Exclusions have fallen from 61 (2014-15) to 18 (2015-16) to 5 (2016-17). In the December whole school survey, 97% of pupils said they "always" or "sometimes" feel safe at school and 90% said that other pupils "always" or "sometimes" behave well so they can get their learning done. One hundred percent of parents surveyed in December said their children feel safe and are happy to come to school each day.
Improved attitudes and behaviour towards learning are reflected in improved attainment and achievement across the school.
Achievement in weekly PE lessons
Teacher and TA training in Boing! PE has improved standards in PE delivery, particularly in the areas of differentiation and inclusion. Boing! is a games-based physical literacy scheme developed and currently being trialled by Oxford Brookes and Bath Universities.
Our partnership with The Oxford Academy (TOA) includes specialist training and support in areas of PE where teachers have development needs, such as dance and gymnastics. We have access to TOA's excellent sports facilities and instructors. This gives children the opportunity to experience activities such as trampolining and "Quidditch" and encourages participation from children who are less interested in traditional sports.
Children's achievement in PE is assessed at two points throughout the year (February and July) .
Increased participation in competitive school sport
Since 2013, competitive sport has developed substantially at Rose Hill -- both in number and diversity of sports and number and diversity of participants. Sports Premium funding is used for transport to a variety of competitions, by public bus, hired mini-bus, and transport provided by TOA. The football teams compete in several away games and tournaments each term. Twenty children in Years 3-6 attended the city county cross-country meet in the autumn. Our Year 5/6 athletics team recently placed third in all of Oxford. Building on this success, we will be doubling the size of the team and continuing after school training sessions. Year 3/4 has a competitive hockey team that practises weekly with our TOA intern. In December, Year 5 attended the Oxfordshire Dance Festival (to rave reviews) and are entered in a dance competition in March.