The PE programme for P3-7 is delivered by Mr Iain Gray, who teaches most classes for 2 lessons per week. Throughout the academic year we focus on the following areas:
- Central Net Games
- Indoor Possession Games
- Scottish Country Dancing
- Aesthetics (Gymnastics)
- Outdoor Possession Games
- Striking & Fielding
- Summer Games
Within these curricular areas, we are looking to develop various areas of performance ranging from practical performance, team working skills, knowledge and understanding and decision making to name a few.
The focus in each lesson is maximum participation with every pupil trying their hardest to improve their performance and understanding. There is no emphasis from me or the school on high level performance at this stage as this is not what PE is about.
I explain to the pupils that regardless of ability, 100% effort will allow each and every pupil at JGPS to succeed in PE.
I will of course challenge all pupils in PE to improve and develop looking at a Growth Mindset and Resilient approach to their learning. I will continue to push the boundaries of their learning and practical performance, regardless of their individual ability.
The preferred PE kit is as follows –
- Change of t-shirt (no football strips)
- Change of shorts/ trackies (no football shorts)
- Clean indoor footwear – suitable for running i.e. a shoe/ trainer/ plimsoll with Velcro straps and/ or laces.
- Crocs/ sandals/ slippers are not appropriate for physical activity
- Outdoor footwear – suitable for getting dirty at the Links if wet underfoot
- Drawstring bag or equivalent to keep PE kit tidy on pegs
Please note, if wearing trainers with laces, your child should be able to tie their laces without the need for adult assistance.
PE Kit – 3 Strike Rule
Last academic year there were a number of incidents where pupils would take their PE kit home to wash or to use for other activities and forget to bring their kit back in for PE. This can have a significant impact on your child’s ability to participate and perform in PE and in certain activities and can create a health and safety risk.
To avoid this, I will be implementing a 3 strike rule. This means that if your child forgets their kit on 3 separate occasions in a term, you will be contacted to ensure appropriate PE kit is brought in. If this were to continue, further action may be needed to work out an appropriate course of action to avoid forgotten kit in the future.
If you have any difficulties in accessing appropriate PE kit, please get in touch with Mr McLean who will be able to assist in supplying PE kit or storing/ washing kit to ensure your child always has appropriate kit for PE.
PE Rising Stars
At the end of each block of lessons I will be selecting one pupil per class to be awarded the ‘Rising Star’. In order to be selected the pupil should demonstrate enthusiasm, support of others in the class, determination, a great attitude and effort in all aspects of the lesson.
The successful pupil will have their name and reason why they have been given the award placed on the ‘Rising Stars’ board next to the ‘Wall of Achievement’ board in the corridor by the office.
Wall of Achievement
This is to showcase the talent we have in the school. Pupils who achieve great things can have their picture up on the board along with their achievement. Achievements can include; individual/ team success at the various sporting events throughout the year such as cross country success; medalling at club/ regional/ National events; upgrades in martial arts and dance etc.
If you think your child should be added to our ‘Wall of Achievement’, please send the school office (C/o Mr Gray) a photo and blurb detailing the event, level and award and we may add the success to the wall.
All pupils who make it up on the ‘Wall of Achievement’ board next to the ‘Rising Stars’ board in the corridor by the office.
The Edinburgh Primary School Sports Association (EPSSA) is the organisation that provides competition and events throughout the academic year. Most of the events are for P6&7 with 3 events available for P5. The events that JGPS aim to compete in this year are as follows –
- P5 Touch Rugby
- P5-7 Triathlon – TBC
- P6-7 Sports Hall Athletics
- P5-7 Cross Country – Meadows Cluster League
- P6-7 Lothian League Cross Country
- P6-7 Cross Country Races
- P6-7 Basketball
- P6-7 Junior NBA Basketball
- P6-7 Netball
- P6-7 Swimming
- P6-7 Diving
- P6-7 Football
- P6 Games @ The Hub
- P6 Cricket Festival
- P6-7 Interscholastics
EPSSA Team Selection
Pupils in the appropriate year group are invited to sign up for the events. Sign up takes place via a sign up sheet that goes to each eligible class a few weeks prior to the event. If the numbers exceed the available space, I will run trials and select the strongest performers with the exception of:
- P5 Touch Rugby
- P5-7 Triathlon
- P5-P7 Meadows Cluster League
- P6 Games @ The Hub
These events are participation events and in previous years we have been able to take all pupils that have expressed an interest in attending. We do however have extra classes this year so if there are too many pupils interested, I will have to select pupils based on a number of criteria that is yet to be determined.
P6 Games @ The Hub and P5-7 Cross Country are the only events that I select pupils based on their involvement in other EPSSA events. If a pupil has competed in a number of EPSSA events and another pupil hasn’t competed in any, the pupils not involved in EPSSA events will get first refusal on these places. This is to give as many pupils the opportunity to compete for JGPS and to compete against other schools.
Trials for the EPSSA teams are usually during lunch time or after school and the selection criteria is explained prior to the trials to ensure all pupils are aware of what is being looked at throughout the trial.
EPSSA Team Reserves
I will often select a reserve athlete to provide cover in case of illness or injury. Where possible I will endeavour to give the reserve athletes an opportunity to participate but often this is not possible due to event rules and regulations. I will explain this to the reserve athletes and give them the opportunity to refuse the position if they would prefer.
In order for us to attend these events, we require help from parents. This is to ensure a safe ratio of pupils to “staff” when walking or traveling on private/ public buses. If there aren’t any parents to help, we may miss out on attending these hugely worthwhile events.
If you are able to help for the full event or even part of the event, please let me know your availability when the event information is sent out to pupils.
This award will be presented annually for the male and female athlete that has achieved success in a range of sports events within and out with school such as club success and national/ international honours.
- 5 points for attending a non-trialled event (such as triathlon/ touch rugby)
- 10 points for being selected for each EPSSA event (or equivalent, inc. reserves)
- 15 points for significant club honours (e.g. selected as captain/ competing up an age category)
- 20 points for being part of the team to reach the “Finals” events (e.g. Basketball Finals, Interscholastics individual/ relay finals etc)
- 20 points for gaining EPSSA record
- 25 points for Inter Area Finals representation
- 25 points for National Squad selection
- 30 points for medalling at major events (e.g. Interscholastics)
- 30 points for medalling at national/ international events
Please note – If you reach an EPSSA final or equivalent and then medal at the same event you get the 20 points for reaching the final and 30 more points for medalling.
It is the parents and pupil’s responsibility to inform Mr Gray of any sporting successes out with school and Mr Gray will decide whether those achievements fall into any of the above criteria.
Please send in all sporting successes and photos to the following email
HWB Specialist Teacher