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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.

Physical Education

PE @ Irk Valley


Physical Education (PE) contributes to the overall education of all children by helping them to lead full and valuable lives through engagement in purposeful and high-quality activity.  It promotes active and healthy lifestyles, physical skills, physical development and knowledge of the body in action.  PE enables children to learn confidence, perseverance, team spirit, positive competitiveness and organisation.  Children will engage in a programme of PE that encourages fitness, improves their strength and teaches them the rules of games. It enables all children in the school to gain a sense of achievement and develop positive attitudes towards themselves and others.




In order to promote active and healthy lifestyles at Irk Valley, all children will be taught to:


·be physically active
·adopt the best possible posture and appropriate use of the body
·engage in activities that develop cardiovascular health, flexibility, muscular strength, agility and endurance
·understand the need for personal hygiene in relation to vigorous physical activity
•follow the conventions of fair play, honest competition and etiquette
•cope with success and limitations in their performance
•persevere with and consolidate their performances
•be mindful of others in their environment

PE Kit and Expectations


The following are our expectations in all PE lessons to ensure pupils participate in fun, engaging and safe activities.



  • Suitable school PE kit should be worn for each lesson. If school kit is not provided, children will still participate in the lesson unless school uniform is not appropriate for the activity - children will then undertake coaching or officiating roles.

  • Head scarves should be tightly secured or removed for PE. A specialist, tight-fitting head scarf can be a suitable alternative.

  • All children taking part in indoor PE should be barefoot unless the activity requires the wearing of pumps / trainers (basketball, athletics, indoor hockey, indoor football etc)

  • All children with verrucas should wear pumps.

  • It is important that children have suitable footwear (appropriate to the activity) to minimise the chances of injury

  • Every child must have a school PE kit. They should bring it into school at the beginning of a half term and take it home at the end of a half term for cleaning.


School PE Kit


  • plain white t-shirt
  • plain black shorts or plain black joggers
  • change of socks - preferably long  black games socks
  • sturdy trainers or astro-turf boots (gym pumps offer little protection in games sessions)
  • plain black sweater or school sweater maybe worn in colder winter months at the discretion of the teacher
  • woolly hats and gloves may also be worn in colder months
  • hooded tops or coats shouldn't be worn as they pose a risk in games


All of the above items can be affordably purchased at Sports Direct, Primark, Tescos or online at such outlets as MM Direct.



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Manchester North Tag Rugby Tournament at Manchester Co-operative Academy

Multicultural Day - Kabaddi


As part of our recent Multi-cultural Day, children in years 5 and 6 participated in a series of "Kabaddi" matches.


Kabaddi is a popular game in Asia, especially in Pakistan and India but the recent World Cup shows its popularity is growing worldwide.


How do you play Kabaddi?


Kabaddi is a team game. Two teams, each having 7 in court players, compete with each other to get higher scores. Individual brilliance is exhibited when a player raids the opponent’s court. The team spirit, the team togetherness and team strategy comes into play when an opponent raider enters your court. The most important player requirement is stamina and lungpower. You should be able to keep your breath for a long time without any break in between. 


What is a raid? 


From your team you have to send, one player to the other teams court to raid. The raider starts from the centerline uttering aloud, “Kabaddi, Kabaddi, Kabaddi…” without any break. He would be actually running from one side to the other side of the opponent’s court trying to touch either with his hand or leg an opponent. Once he touches an opponent, he will, without breaking the “Kabaddi, Kabaddi…” rhythm come back to his court through the centerline. The people he had touched are his teams point scored. If he had touched one player, it is 1 point and if he had touched 3 players, it is 3 points to your team. 



Through out the day, teams played with great courage and determination but also with a sense of fair play. All the teams were a credit to their teachers. Well done everyone!