School Games Award 2018-2020
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the School Games Platinum Mark Award for 2018/19 academic year.
The School Games Mark is a government led award scheme that rewards schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
This would not have been possible without the commitment of our children who have taken part in and led numerous sporting activities over the years. Thank you very much and well done everyone!
We would also like to thank ATSA for providing schools with so many sporting opportunities. Without these events we would not have been able to achieve this award!
Low Bank Ground 2018
Our Year 6 children had a fantastic time at Low Bank Ground at the beginning of the school year. They took part in a number of different Outdoor Activities including Kayaking, Canoeing, Ghyll Scrambing and Orienteering. The children were a credit to the school and their parents and all challenged themselves in ways I don't think they ever thought they would. We are all extremely proud of them! Well done Year 6!
Sports Relief 2018
Well done to the whole school for their effort in this year's Sport Relief Challenge. The children were set a series of challenges throughout the week that they had to complete. We had lots of fun and beat so many of our targets, while raising an unbelievable £1650 for charity! Super work!
Twelve Y5 ad Y6 children took their first steps towards refereeing when they spent the morning with Mrs. Wilkie and Mrs. Clarke at St George's Central, Tyldesley. The teaching and learning session was led by Lancs FA and the children received 'goodie bags'' with certificates to follow. The children will now be able to officiate at our Intra House matches in summer term.
Year 2 is the third class to benefit from Mrs Garner's expertise (A* PE Consultancy). Year 3 provided the audience for the performance of 'Popcorn', which the children choreographed to the music of the same name. The theme was healthy eating and built up fruity images all to the rhythm of the music! Well done Year 2 you were superb and a big thank you for inviting Year 3. Enjoy the photos!
Coaches from the Club will be providing Spring term curriculum PE sessions for 10 weeks for Y4 and Y6. The 1 hour sessions are timetabled for Friday afternoons and will include classroom based teaching and learning. Another great opportunity funded by our Sport Premium.
Sainsbury's Gold Award
Mrs Quinlivan and Mrs Evans took along the School Sports Councillors, Abbie Gregory and Louie Roberts to Lowton High School, where they received the award for the second year running. An outstanding achievement in recognition of the School Sport provision during the year, 2015/16. Well done to pupils, staff, ATSA, Sainsbury's Games, coaches and community clubs, not forgetting our valued spectators at events who all work together to keep sport at the heart of St Michael's.
Mini Whistlers (12/01)
Thirteen Y6 children took their first steps towards refereeing when they spent the afternoon with Mrs Evans at St George's Central, Tyldesley. The teaching and learning session was led by Lancs FA and the children received 'goodie bags'' with certificates to follow. The children will now be able to officiate at our Intra House matches in summer term.
Children and Staff are enjoying the Daily Mile as our Whole School exercise initiative. Whether walking briskly, jogging or running, everyone is keen to take an active break. Classes are ringing the changes to keep everyone motivated. Mrs Evans is currently looking at ways other schools have been measuring the impact of their Daily Mile on levels of fitness.
Three days of adventurous activities were enjoyed by Y6 who rose to all the challenges and encouraged each other throughout. New skills were learnt and teamwork a highlight. Memories to cherish!
Spring Term Dance
It's over to KS1 for a term's dance lessons for Y2 then Y1.
Autumn Term Dance
Mrs Garner, from A* PE Consultancy will be working with a different year group each half term to provide Staff Inset for Dance. First up is Year 4 who are currently learning The Charleston and having a ball! Later on, they will take their partners for The Waltz but only after some energetic Morris Dancing complete with bells and sticks. Pop over to the Y4 class page for a video!
Not to be outdone, Y3 learnt about Wartime dances in the 2nd half of autumn term. The Lindyhop proved a hit with the class as part of their themed dance that took the audience through leaving home for war; the battlefields and VE Day. A superb performance Y3, well done!
Many thanks to the Sport & Exercise scientists at Salford University who gave Y5 a great experience on Mon 4th July. The class spent the day having their performances measured in different ways and learning how elite athletes use the information to help them improve. They found out that there is a correlation between the ability to sprint quickly and how high you can jump. It's all in the legs you see!
Westleigh High School
Many thanks to Mrs Scoles who liaises on our behalf to create additional curricular opportunities. Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed a PE morning at Westleigh where they were coached in fielding and batting skills before playing team games on the all weather pitches. Enjoy a selection of action photos from Fri 24th June!
Outdoor Education Conference
On Tuesday 14th June, Mrs Quinlivan and Mrs Evans stepped over the border into Bolton LA to attend an inspirational PE Conference encouraging the importance of our Outdoor Learning Environment. Making the most of carefully planned outdoor areas to provide and enhance learning was the key message.
It was a privilege to meet and chat to cyclist Kiera Byland, Bolton's own triple Gold medallist in the Special Games. Kiera will be joining us for our Sports Awards on July 11th.
ATSA Sport Psychology
Six schools took part in the annual event held at St. Michael's. Dr Andrew Evans, lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at Salford University, taught the children about the difference between 'helpful' and 'unhelpful' thoughts. The children were able to apply the learning to their individual sport performances during short tasks. In the afternoon, a similar session was delivered to all our Y5 children. The key messages will provide the children with transferable skills and build confidence and resilience.
Trust In Leigh
Many thanks to Stuart Littler and his apprentices for their excellent delivery of Tag Rugby to Y6 throughout this half term (summer 1). Through Sport Premium, all the class has benefitted from the differentiated activities Stuart has provided. The 6 week hourly PE lessons have been enjoyed by all and skill levels improved. Congratulations to our Tag Rugby team who won the ATSA Festival on May 20th. (See the Inter Sport section for report).
Sainsbury's School Games Award
It was a proud morning on Wednesday 6th Jan, when St. Michael's representatives joined other Wigan Schools to collect their Sainsbury's School Games Gold Award. 34 Wigan schools were represented to receive Bronze, Silver or Gold, with 7 earning Gold. William Hornby and Jessica Horsley happily accepted the Gold Award on our behalf! This Award is a National Kitemark standard in recognition of high quality PE, School Sport and Competition provided by school in 2014/15. St. Michael's received a Gold plaque, framed certificate and pennant and the right to use the Gold Kitemark logo. Well done to pupils, staff and families!
Pictured below : Stuart Littler (former RL International), Mr Winterbottom (Director of Children's Services,), Mr Pollard (HT Lowton High), Mrs Evans (St. Michael's), William Hornby and Jessica Horsley (pupils).
It was a pleasure to applaud Max Roberts as he received Westleigh High's award, then invite him to join us for a photo! A former pupil, Max has now signed professionally for Wigan Warriors and we are all proud of his achievement. Good luck for the future Max.
Lancs FA Mini Whistlers
On Thurs 7th January, 15 Y6 pupils attended a Mini Whistler course ran by the FA and hosted at St. George's Central, Tyldesley. They learnt about the qualities needed by a football referree and what the flag signals mean. They then had the opportunity to be officials or players in a series of short matches. All received a whistle, referree's book with yellow and red cards and a souvenir tee shirt.
To enhance our PE curriculum we aim to provide a wide variety of experiences that will contribute to healthy lifestyles and develop skills that transfer beyond PE.
We are continuing our partnership with A* PE Consultancy throughout the year with the focus remaining on gymnastics. PE Consultant Mrs Garner is currently working with Y2 each Thursday afternoon until Feb half term. The main focus is on developing rolls. In autumn term, Y6 benefitted by developing vaulting skills. This is providing high quality professional development for our teaching staff.
The annual Y6 three day residential to Robinwood Activity Centre at Todmorden provided a wealth of opportunities that the children will treasure. Teamwork, resilience and being challenged figured highly. Enjoy a selection of photos featuring some of the activities!