Emma Knight has worked at Chilton for a couple of years as our Sports Coach. In that time, she has taught skills for children from Year R to 6 in multisports, athletics, games, gymnastics, dance and even swimming, gaining the trust of the children and offering support for staff.
Last year, Emma was able to secure a Gold Standard award for Kitemark, the first time the school has ever achieved such an esteemed accolade. She worked hard to ensure she met a target of over 50% of the school partaking in an after school club. She has listened to children to provide a range of clubs that they like and she has made sure the resources are easily accessible for all.
Emma has developed a lunch time Active Play, whereby all the children are encouraged to be active and take part in different activities. This is entirely run by the children, who Emma has trusted to pass to. Now, the children are responsible for their own equipment and activities and we have found that this has had a big impact on improving behaviour, not just the children’s enjoyment. As well as this, the children are able to learn social skills such as sharing and team work.
Emma has given up a lot of her own time to attend competitions – including at weekends - and she has shown great passion when coaching teams. Over the course of the years that Emma has been at our school, we have had a greater success rate in competitions as well as more children representing the school. We even were able to represent Thanet in the Kent Games for Speed Stacking.
Emma always wants to improve and she shares ideas that help the children to prepare and learn independently. She has created a Sports Committee Crew, Competition Leaders and Active Play Leaders, all from children within the school. Furthermore, she has developed a means of assessment that the school uses to evidence the participants of clubs and competitions. In this way, she can also target those who are less active and speak to them about what clubs they may enjoy.