Primary School Sports Funding 2019-2020
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, netball, dodgeball and rounders.
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, dodgeball, netball, cricket, rounders and cross-country) by providing our children with a range of after school clubs. Our children represented the school with one hundred percent effort and pride in all tournaments. Our sportsmanship and teamwork at these events was exemplary. We excelled in cross-country and hockey especially last year, taking part and winning in the Wakefield finals before going on to compete in the West Yorkshire games. We wore our brand-new complete Rook’s Nest football kit, which we won in a competition run by ‘Premier League Stars’, with pride at these tournaments!
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 have had gymnastics, dance, rugby and football clubs run by local clubs taking place after school and intend to do so again next year. An experienced level 5 gymnastics coach runs the gymnastics club; the Dance is in association with Northern Light Dance, whilst experienced coaches lead the football club from Frickley Athletic FC. These clubs have helped us to achieve better results at Outwood competitions.
Last year 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 was used to give Early Years children the best possible start last year in physical health, through movement and dance, known as ‘Kidnetics’, which took place every Monday and greatly benefitted our children.
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 Stanley Grove from Rook’s Nest. ‘A kilometre a day’ has also became a big part of the curriculum over the last few years 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 practice resulted in our year twos winning the daily mile competition this year (between 30 schools in the local area), whilst our year fours came third – resulting in two more trophies for our school!
A large chunk of our sports funding last year was put towards mental health education. We attempted to provide our children with the opportunity for a good standard of mental health education and become ‘happy and well-rounded individuals’ through access to a Yoga and PSHE cross-curriculum. The yoga provided children with calming/relaxing stress relief techniques, whilst also encouraging cooperation and teamwork between peers. These sessions proved a great success last year, supported by assessments carried out before and after some sessions, showing the progress pupils felt they had made. We also used a chunk of the school sports budget to buy new sports equipment including new hockey sticks to replace older damaged ones, a new rounders set and different sized footballs to allow for greater differentiation. In addition, we purchased a set of new stopwatches, which the children will be using for self-challenge – encouraging them to push themselves and beat the targets that they have set.
Last year our school also progressed from silver to gold on the well-recognised ‘school games mark’ award. This award is not easy to achieve and demonstrates (along with our increased success in inter school competitions) just how far Rooks Nest Academy’s PE curriculum and the teaching of PE has come over the last few years. It is a massive credit and thanks to all our staff, who have made achieving this award possible.
This year, our primary sports funding will be spent on three main areas. Firstly, yoga sessions will now be targeting Key Stage One children and we hope to see similar success to what we achieved in Key Stage Two. The Yoga sessions will also be available to selected Key Stage Two children whom staff feel the sessions will still be beneficial for. Secondly, a chunk of the budget will be spent on Outdoor learning next year, as we attempt to further the cross-curricular nature of our school with active lessons outdoors based on topics that year groups are learning. By the end of the year, we hope to have transformed a section of field into a permanent ‘outdoor classroom’ for future years. Finally, a large section of the budget will again be spent on ACES, as we will be having them in school for a whole day next year rather than just half a day. Staff will take turns working with experienced ACES staff to progress their own PE skills through mentoring and feedback. Rook’s Nest staff will be teaching new sports during these sessions such as Lacrosse, curling and Tchoukball (equipment purchased with last year’s budget) among others. The advice and support provided by ACES staff will prove invaluable when adding these new sports to our PE curriculum and enable staff to teach these new sports to an exceptional standard over the coming years. ACES staff will also be working with targeted children to improve their PE and self-health awareness over the coming year. These interventions started toward the end of last year and proved very successfully for a number of our children.
This year the Academy will strive to continue to build on the successes of the past few years, whilst incorporating new activities and sports. We were very happy to see the long-term benefits and positive impacts of the Yoga on the mental health education of our children. 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.
As well as the above, this year we also aim to educate the children in the importance of outdoor education and develop self-awareness, confidence and self-esteem through working together actively outdoors. We also help to build collaborative-working and communication skills and develop a lifelong love of the outdoors through outdoor education.