Core PE lessons are set on a weekly basis (on the VLE), with pupils from Years 1-8 engaging in different activities. Some of these are summer sport specific (cricket, tennis and athletics) whilst there is also a focus on theory topics; exploring joints in the body, bones and muscles. These have been tailored to meet the demands of pupils from the youngest, aged 5 to the eldest, aged 13.
The GCSE groups from Years 9-11 use the excellent resource, TheEverLearner, in addition to Teams meetings every week. The pupils are already making excellent progress and are thoroughly engaged with this new approach.
In addition to lessons, we are also running a school wide distance challenge. Pupils and staff complete distances for walking, cycling and jogging on a weekly basis, with winners awarded for year groups and individuals.
Meoncross’ approach to enrichment will continue undeterred over the Summer Term, albeit delivered in alternative formats. We will continue to provide pupils with a variety of opportunities to be active, creative and to stretch themselves and learn new skills.
Passport is a distinctive and highly valued feature of our timetable, and we are keen to retain this element of co-curricular learning even in the current circumstances. We have therefore devised a slightly different approach, whereby pupils from Year 1 to Year 9 are asked to allocate the Passport slot in their timetable every week to some independent skill-development. This is based (albeit with age-appropriate expectations) on the Skills component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, whose rationale is: “Developing a skill helps you get better at something you are really interested in and gives you the confidence and ability to use this skill both now and later in life.”
A wide selection of examples will be publicised on the VLE, using the categories from the DoE Skills section – namely: Creative Arts, Performing Arts, Games & Recreation, Learning & Collecting, Life Skills, Media & Communication, Natural World. Specific activities range from cake decorating to weather monitoring and include many other diverse pursuits, such as clay modelling, juggling, photography or vegetable growing! As is the case when completing the DofE Award, pupils have to document their progress through a log, which enables us to monitor how they use their time, to offer guidance and to celebrate success.
One important stipulation from us is for pupils to spend the time allocated to Passport off screen, so as to enable them to do something a little different in the course of the week – just as Passport normally does.