Primary School Sports Funding 2018-2019
Primary School Sports Funding
The Academy has embraced the Government’s additional PE and Sports funding over the last few years. It has given us the opportunity to provide our children with the chance to experience a wide range of new sports, as well as enhancing their understanding of more familiar sports. Some of the clubs offered include football, hockey, yoga and hula-hooping
Our link with ACES and other schools in the Outwood cluster has meant an increased range of well-organised inter-school tournaments as well as establishing an excellent level of training in sports provided by ACES coaches. We have trained hard for these tournaments (including football, benchball, netball, dance, rounders and cross country) by providing our children with after school clubs for all year groups. Our children represented the school with one hundred percent effort and pride in all tournaments. Our sportsmanship and teamwork at these events was exemplary. Our Year 4 children excelled in cross country, taking part in the Wakefield finals. We also finished in second place at rounders and both the boys/girls football tournaments for our cluster. As if to reward us for our excellent results this year, we were even lucky enough to win a brand-new complete football kit, by winning a competition run by ‘Premier League Stars’ (suggested to us by a kind parent)!
We have built upon the existing good practice in PE at Rooks Nest Academy and helped to develop both the staff’s teaching of sport skills and the children’s experience of different sports/activities. Along with staff led clubs, we have developed links with local sports companies and clubs over the last few years and we now have gymnastic and football clubs run by local clubs taking place after school. The gymnastics club is run by an experienced level 5 gymnastics coach whilst the football club is led by experienced coaches from Frickley Athletic FC. These clubs have helped us to achieve better results at Outwood competitions, despite them still being in the early stages.
Over the past year, we have had a plethora of sporting activities in school for the children to experience and have a go at including a cave bus, (after eventually getting it onto the school grounds!) archery, (a few children and members of staff hit the bullseye!) yoga, skipping, French skipping and orienteering. These new experiences have been fantastic for the children at Rook’s Nest Academy and helped them to understand there are more sports to be successful at than just football and gymnastics!
Along with these new experiences a number of our children took place in Bocce bowling after school with some volunteers from the local area. These kind volunteers also entered us into a draw in which we were lucky enough to receive a further grant. This will be used to give Early Years children the best possible start this year in physical health, through movement and dance, known as ‘Kidnetics’, which will take place every Monday.
We also took part in the schools Yorkshire Tour (cycling) last year with some of our Year Five and Six pupils braving the long distance and cycling all the way to Ledger Lane from our school. ‘A kilometre a day’ has also became a big part of the curriculum with all year groups doing their best to complete one km per day (20 lengths of the field/hall). Our children walked/skipped/jumped (and even rolled!) their way to complete the kilometre – all with a smile on their face! This will be continued this year.
We have strived to make the playground environment more educational this year by purchasing a range of wall activities for the children to carry out with peers during break times, encouraging team work and cross-curricular problem solving – whilst moving! Tent covers and benches have also been purchased to ensure our children are safe and can exercise outside without being burnt and also have a shaded rest point. These tents and benches will also provide children with an opportunity to socialise in between activities and discuss ways they can improve their own performance in between tasks.
Furthermore, we had Olympic athletes (Jenny Wallwork-Badminton) come into Rooks Nest Academy last year to give some inspiring talks to the children before carrying out some sponsored physical activities, such as press ups and burpees – even some of the teachers got involved! The money raised from the athlete’s sponsorship (along with our sports funding) has helped our school to purchase lots of new equipment for this year including orienteering and Lacrosse equipment, inspirational sporting books, skipping ropes (including French skipping ropes), new gym mats for indoor PE and a range of equipment to encourage physical development in Early Years.
Our primary sports funding this year will also be going towards lunchtime sports clubs (each year group will get a week to have a go at the lunchtime sports). These clubs are designed to encourage our children to be active and strive to live a healthy lifestyle, both in and outside of school, through a variety of sports, again provided by experienced coaches. The activities carried out in these lunchtime clubs will be linked with Outwood competitions to provide our children with further training in sports and achieve the best results possible.
Finally, a large chunk of our sports funding this year will be going towards mental health education. We will be providing our children with the opportunity to a good standard of mental health education and become ‘happy and well-rounded individuals’ through access to a Yoga and PSCE cross-curriculum. The yoga will provide children with calming/relaxing stress relief techniques, whilst also encouraging cooperation and teamwork between peers. Yoga sessions will be led weekly by an experienced Yoga teacher with both pupils and staff joining in the techniques to ensure a healthy mind and a healthy body for all.
This year the Academy will strive to continue to build on the successes of the past few years, whilst incorporating new activities and sports such as orienteering (we now have an orienteering map of the school grounds!) French skipping, plate skipping and Lacrosse. We are very excited to see the potential long term benefits on the mental health education of our children through Yoga. Whilst, we hope the recent excellent progress made in Outwood competitions continues to improve, through the dedication and experience of coaches and teachers throughout the day.
This year we also aim to educate the children in the importance of good nutrition and enhance the focus on holistic wellbeing; a healthy body and healthy mind.
|Meeting national curriculum requirements for swimming and water safety|
|What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres?||38/45 82%|
|What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]?||39/45 87%|
|What percentage of your current Year 6 cohort perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations?||39/45 87%|
|Schools can choose to use the Primary PE and Sport Premium to provide additional provision for swimming but this must be for activity over and above the national curriculum requirements. Have you used it in this way?||No|