Dunster First School

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PE & Sport

We are very proud of the provision that we make for PE and Sport at our school. In PE and Sport we strongly believe in three things:


a) Participation & Perseverance


b) Sports-person-ship


c) Healthy Positive Competition


All of the children at our school receive two hours of PE a week during lesson time. Lessons are generally taught by the child’s teacher, but specific aspects of the school curriculum will be taught by specialist teachers, for example swimming.

During the course of the year PE lessons will include athletics, multi-skills, gymnastics, games, dance, outdoor adventurous activities and swimming.


The majority of PE lessons will take place in our well-equipped school hall, although as appropriate the school playground, school field and the swimming pool will also be used.


In addition to PE lessons there are numerous clubs that children can join. Clubs are held before and after school. While through the year there are clubs for all of the year groups the majority of the clubs will be for the children in Years 3 and 4.


Our school clubs are very popular with usually around 3/4 of all of the children at our school attending one or more of our school sports clubs. In Year 3 and Year 4 this figure usually increases to around 9/10 attending one or more of our school sports clubs.  100% will participate in specific workshops during the school year. 


Clubs are run by school staff as well as external providers and specialist coaches.  They include Football, Catchball, Fit for Fun, Multi-Skills Club, Fundamentals Club,  BalanceBikeAbility, Street Surfing, Gymnastics  and Tennis, amongst others. All of the workshops in school time are free, with the before / after school sports clubs being offered at a small cost.


We are a member of the West Somerset Sports Association and part of The Moorland Federation. This means that we get lots of opportunities to take part in inter-school competitions. During the football, catchball and cricket seasons, all of the children who attend these clubs take it in turns to represent the school in matches against Cutcombe First School, Timberscombe First School, St Dubricius First School, St Michael’s First School and Minehead First School on Friday evenings.


The West Somerset Association also holds end of season galas for Football (end of spring term), Catchball (end of summer term) and Area Sports (end of summer term) where eleven schools from all over West Somerset take part.

We also hold our Winter Sports event  and hold our own sports day during the last few weeks of the summer term. This is a very popular event with all of the children at school taking part and a multitude of parents and carers coming along to watch. Each year our sports day has a theme and in 2019 it has an Eco theme. Year 4 help marshal and run sports day.  


We have Sports Leaders in every year group from year 1, and our playground markings have been specifically designed so the sports leaders can run activities independently at break and lunchtimes for their year groups.  The Sports Leaders can lead warm ups in their PE lessons.  The Sports Leaders track pupils engagement and participation via a school app.  The Sports Leaders in year 4 regularly meet with the PE Lead and the Sports Leaders in other year groups also meet with the PE Lead and the Student Parliament at least once a year to review the provision.