What is Sportitude?

  • What is Sportitude?

    Simply put, Sportitude is a PE and sports resource for Primary Schools and Academies. Sportitude members can enjoy unlimited access to high quality, time saving planning and resources. The wealth of tools available can empower teachers, and support staff to feel confident delivering a sports program that will excite and engage pupils of all ages.

    Sportitude’s key theme is to enable pupils to enjoy acquiring and developing physical skills in an overall environment that promotes and celebrates positive life traits. Crucially, Sportitude is designed specifically to be used in schools, by school staff within the real, everyday world of primary education. It realises that the hall is not always available, that not all schools have an endless supply of equipment and that many class teachers have only received a few hours PE training during their studies.

    With this in mind, the Sportitude planning is designed in a way that any adult within school should be able to deliver a lesson regardless of their existing PE knowledge.

  • How Did Sportitude Originate?

    Originally, Sportitude was never supposed to be anything other than an internal branding of PE at a single site. For context, the site in question was considered to be “requiring improvement” by its most recent Ofsted report and had a very high proportion of pupils qualifying for free school meals. It was identified that sport often provided moments of enormous emotional stress and, rather than shying away from this, we set about to embrace these situations as opportunities. What If we could use sport as a way of promoting healthy, positive responses to stresses that often mirror “real life” situations? Perhaps the 10-year-old who can congratulate their victor, and shake hands, will become the young adult who knows how to walk away from conflict.

    After several weeks of consultation with groups of pupils, staff and parents the following fundamentals were agreed and established:

    • The program would be called “Sportitude”. “We don’t do PE, we do Sportitude. How cool does that sound?!” – Matthew aged 8.
    • Sportitude would have a curriculum that offered as many different sports and activities as possible throughout the academic year. Children that enjoyed, or excelled in, certain activities would be encouraged to join after school or local clubs. “I don’t like it when we do the same game for ages and ages. It’s really annoying if you don’t like Netball, but have to do Netball all the time.”- Chloe aged 9.
    • There should be a reward system that recognises not only sporting ability, but positive behaviours such as attitude, teamwork and respect.

    It would be nice to have a logo, which could be used for customised stickers, certificates and similar. The logo should encapsulate everything that “Sportitude” stands for.

  • How Did Sportitude Develop?

    In the 3-4 years after the creation of the Sportitude brand, we kept constructing and developing new tools. All the time, we kept in mind that Sportitude should be a resource for all classroom teachers and support staff, not just those who were confident delivers of PE. We set about making sure that all resources were useful and fit for purpose. For example: Lesson plans are detailed, yet simple to understand but also include little extras, like difficulty ratings and a handover notes box.

    The vast majority of the resources that are on the Sportitude site were designed for necessity and because of the absence of any alternative. Simply put, every time we were faced with a situation where staff didn’t have the tools required, we created a bespoke resource. The requests for these bespoke resources were anything and everything from display materials highlighting positive sporting role models to a sheet to record behaviour and participation in PE lessons.

    After consistently receiving glowing feedback from the school community, staff and visitors alike, Sportitude’s key moment was during an Ofsted inspection in 2014. The inspectorate team noted how the school’s sports program was positively changing attitudes throughout the school in a way that was not just restricted to PE itself. One of the inspectors even commented that the planning and assessment was the best they had ever seen and that Sportitude should be marketed.

  • Contact Us Today To Find Out More!

  • Lessons We Offer

    • Core Skills

      There are certain skills that are generic to many, if not all sports activities. It is also inevitable that within any class there is going to be a variety of existing ability.

    • Invasion Games

      Invasion Games are the both the easiest to teach and the hardest to control! Invasion Games are those where you need to invade your opponents territory to score.

    • Gymnastics

      Gym is generally recognised as the most technically difficult unit or strand to teach and learn. You might also encounter the problem of fear of failure amongst the KS2 boys in particular.

    • Net & Wall Games

      The challenge with teaching Net & Wall Games is that they are often 1vs1 activities needing a lot of space.

    • Athletics

      Sports Day is most schools’ only chance to showcase the children’s sporting abilities and knowledge. Sports Day should be festival of celebration, with chests swelling with pride.

    • Striking & Fielding Games

      Striking & Fielding Games such as Cricket, Rounders and Stool ball all rely on a very similar set of skills. Many of these skills have already been practised in various ways in the Core Skills unit.