At Diggle School, we understand the importance of keeping active for both physical and mental well being, and we understand that good habits learned at a young age can stay with a person for a lifetime. Because we acknowledge that children have different levels of interest and engagement in organised sport, at Diggle School we encourage all our children to enjoy being active. All our classes operate an Active Classroom, where tools such as GoNoodle and the Daily Mile are used throughout the day to help children get the most out of their learning. Indeed, we have a dedicated “Daily Mile” track around the school field, where children can walk, jog or run their way around, regardless of the weather!! Outdoor wellies or boots are an essential part of our uniform! Our fabulous FODS-funded playground markings encourage children to get active together during playtime, and can also be used during class time to aid activities like Active Maths.
We also encourage those with the interest to develop their sporting skills through before and after school sports clubs, and we participate in inter-school competition, especially with other DLP schools. Our pupils have enjoyed netball and football games, various athletics and multi-skills tournaments like dodgeball and indoor athletics, and we also participate in the inter-school swimming tournaments organised by the Oldham Schools Swimming Service. Diggle School is proud to hold a Gold School Sports Mark Award which recognises a school’s commitment to physical activity, opportunity and competition.
Some of our Year 5 and 6 children took part in the Brownlee Trust Triathlon in Manchester last year. They had to swim 50 metres, cycle 800 metres and run 400 metres. Just as we were leaving the event Jonny Brownlee himself arrived and took the time to stop and talk to our children and have his photo taken with them. It was an exciting end to an exciting morning.
Each year, usually in the last half of the Summer Term, we hold Sports Week, where the children come to school every day in sports clothes, and engage in both fun and competitive sports throughout the week. In recent years, the children have enjoyed a cross country competition, a dodgeball competition, a danceathon, Wii Fit, boxercise … and Quidditch. We also hold Sports Day during this week, where we invite parents to come and cheer their children along in the traditional sports day fun of egg (ball) and spoon, sack and running races, and the firm favourite with parents and pupils alike – welly wanging.
Children participate in PE lessons each week, and we are very pleased to welcome the sports coaches from City in the Community who come into school once a week to provide expert physical education teaching. The City in the Community coaches work with different classes on a half-term rota basis, and outside of this rota, the class teacher will lead the PE session. The partnership with City in the Community also brings added benefits to the classroom and some of our Key Stage 2 children have recently enjoyed robot building and programming through the donation of equipment and time from the City in the Community team -of course, the robot was programmed to play football!! While we are under covid-19 restrictions, PE lessons will be held outside, and while they may look and feel a bit different in terms of what equipment can be used and lack of close contact with others, the staff will do their best to ensure children are engaged and active in fun, physical activity every week.
Our active classroom approach, and the importance of embedding the 6Rs into all we do lead us to the Commando Joes programme. The amazing fundraising of our FODS team have enabled us to fund a 4-year programme of the Commando Joe’s treasure trove of practical and physical hands-on activities to develop teamwork and resilience, and help bring a different active learning experience to the classroom.