Since 2013, the government has released £450 million across the country to support physical education in primary schools. Marner has received £16858 for the academic year 2017-2018. We spend considerably more than this on PE and sports (see the extensive range of activities below).
Children at Marner take part in a wide range of sporting activities. A typical day at Marner starts with our active Breakfast Club, includes Lunch Time activities and ends with one of many sporting After School Clubs. Marner Sport Clubs range from Playball for Reception and Year 1 children, Multi-Sports for the Year 2s, Athletics for the Year 3s and 4s to Level 1 NICAS Climbing Clubs for the children in Year 5 and 6 who show an aptitude for Climbing. Sport Clubs at Marner are always over-subscribed.
We are lucky to have our own full height climbing wall and funding goes towards extending provision on the climbing wall during curriculum time, after school and at our Saturday School. All children, from Year 1 to Year 6, receive Curriculum Time Climbing outside on the Traverse Wall or inside on the Main Wall. Last year, 25 children achieved their Level 1 NICAS Award at Marner.
All children have two PE lessons a week: one in the Hall and one outside on the brand new Pitch. As part of their Curriculum PE time, Year 5s travel to Poplar Baths for swimming lessons once a week. In addition, we work closely with Tower Hamlets Youth Sports Foundation (THYSF) and their Coaches come in to deliver PE lessons alongside Class Teachers. Last year Coaches ran 35 different half-termly or termly sessions with specialised teaching across sports, which included Handball, Cricket, Tennis and Judo.
In 2016-17, children at Marner took part in more than 60 different sporting competitions and events. Events in school included the School Council and Year 5 Sports Leaders jointly organising a whole school Dodgeball Competition, our ‘Engage to Compete’ activity challenge days and the Year 6s leading 3 fun-filled Sports Days. All Year 5s took part in a Sporting Diamonds Talent ID event at the Copper Box on the Olympic Park whilst the Year 3s had their Sporting Diamonds assessments in school, during PE lessons, with 24 children selected for Easter Holiday Sports Camps. We even had Cheerleading during our Lunch Times! Children went out to represent Marner in more than 40 competitions: Boccia, Badminton, Golf Roots, Gymnastics and Rugby to name a few of the sports. Our most recent successes include winning the Borough KS2 Girls-only and Year 3 and 4 Cricket competitions. We now have four children representing Tower Hamlets in the Tower Hamlets District Cricket Team and this year children have joined Tennis, Hockey, Basketball and Gymnastics Clubs outside of school.
We work hard to ensure that there is something sporting for everyone at Marner and are always looking for new opportunities that the children can get involved in. This year, Year 5 have started the Daily Mile and we have a new Sports Club for children in Y3 who are a bit nervous about signing up to a Sports Club.