PE GRANT NEWS 2016 - 2017
This year school received £8,661 allocation for our PE grant. The money has been used to enhance existing facilities and resources in school and to allow our children to experience unusual sports and also to promote the idea of keeping fit and healthy.
Skippy John visited school and taught the whole school how to skip. School also purchased different skipping ropes that the children have continued to use during lunchtime sessions.
Carnegie University have visited school twice during the year with their mobile climbing wall. The purpose of this was to introduce the children to a different sport and means of keeping fit. All the children (even the very youngest) had the opportunity to take part and to our amazement many of them managed to reach the top of the wall.
Dance again proved popular with the children and again we drafted in the help and support of a dance tutor. This support took place in two forms. Staff in school received training on how to deliver dance lessons more effectively in PE lessons and there was also an after school club for our Junior children which proved extremely popular.
In the summer of 2016 the whole school visited Whitehough Activity Centre, to participate in outdoor and adventurous activities. This was an amazing experience for our children many of whom do not have the chance to take part in anything like this away from school. For some of our children it sparked a real interest in archery, therefore school purchased their own (safe) archery equipment and an after school archery club proved very popular. This was initially for our Key Stage 1 children and we hope to run the club again in the Summer of 2017 for our Key Stage 2 children
As is usual many after school clubs were organised during Autumn 2016. These included netball, football and the aforementioned archery club. Teachers in school give their time up freely to run these clubs ensuring our children have a rich and varied approach to keeping fit and healthy outside normal PE lessons. Any extra resources needed for the clubs have been purchased though the PE Grant. In addition to clubs run by teachers in school, we have run judo and fencing clubs. These have been for our Junior children and have been very well attended. There has been no cost for parents for these clubs as they have been funded through the PE Grant. Clubs will begin again in Summer Term 2017 and once again there will be a focus on sport and keeping fit.
Whilst there has been a big focus on sport in general we have also encouraged our children to be more active during playtimes and dinnertimes. New playground equipment has been purchased, including new parachutes which the welfare staff use to organise games and activities. Skipping remains popular at lunchtime for both Infants and Juniors as do bat and ball games. Funtime John came into school at lunchtimes during the Autumn Term to organise games and activities including dodgeball and football for our Years 5 and 6 children. John will come back into school for 2 lunchtimes each week during the Summer Term and will carry out a programme of games and activities for all age groups across school. Additionally, we have had new markings put down in both our playgrounds. These have been planned to encourage the children to use them freely and some are based around traditional games such as hopscotch. There will also be multi sports area and running track with shuttle run on the Junior yard and jump, hop, skip balance and various mazes on the Infant yard. Welfare staff will receive training on how to best use these with the children and also encourage the children to use their imaginations in a creative manner and develop their own games and activities.
We also continue to take an active role in the School Sports Partnership Initiative, which allows us to take part in many different sports events including cross country and tag rugby, to name but two.
The impact of the PE Grant upon school has been clear to see. Our children fully understand what is needed to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle not just in terms of keeping fit but also the need for a balanced diet. The children are extremely active during playtimes and welfare staff much more engaged in playing with the children rather than simply watching them. Our sports based clubs are always well attended and the children have enjoyed exploring and taking part in events and activities they would not normally have the chance to do. We have good resources in school to support the teaching of PE and these are used well by staff.
Plans for the next year to build upon what we have already achieved include orienteering cross country running, more dance to allow the children to experience different types of dance and hopefully take part in local dance competitions. We would also like to organise more whole school visits to allow the children to participate in the more adventurous activities we are unable to provide on site at school, all with the vision in continuing to promote an interest in physical activity and love of the outdoors.
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