At Goodnestone CoE Primary, we believe that children have the right to a broad and balanced curriculum. We are a very small rural school with no hall and limited space to provide a complex Physical Education programme. However, despite our sloping playground, we have continued to teach a good standard of PE. When the Government announced that all school will be in receipt of sports funding to further develop PE in schools and that the funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools we jumped at the opportunity to explore our options to further enhance and move our PE to outstanding.
Our aim was to hire a specialist qualified sports coach to work with staff and children. We investigated our options, looked at cost and value for money. Team Theme came up trumps offering the best package, that including a full day of skilled coaching, playtime support and after school club, alongside CPD for staff.
Team Theme have produced an individualised development module and materials for PE, for all year groups, meeting the needs of our children and staff. The programme takes into account the restriction we face when delivering PE in a small school with limited space and mixed year groups.
Tom Gambrill is our designated specialist qualified sports coach from Team Theme. Tom has gone out of his way to accommodate our schools individual needs and has developed an appreciation to the complexity of a small school and has developed skills to support and help the children in their learning.
Tom’s helpful and friendly manner with the children and staff made them warm to him quickly and with ease. He has shown an excellent subject knowledge that has enabled all our children to progress in their physical development. This knowledge has been imparted onto the staff and children. The children are enthused are excited about their Thursday sessions with Tom. A testament to this is all our children have PE kits in school every week! Tom also demonstrates excellent behaviour management skills, with all children on task at all times.
Tom has to have a changeable teaching style throughout the day to meet the needs of all classes. Starting with our Year R/1 class, then 2/3, 3/4 and ending the day with our mixed year 5/6. As well as a full teaching day, Tom skillfully supports playtimes and runs an after school club, which is very well attended.