Primary School Sports Funding
The Academy has embraced the additional government 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 deepening their understanding of more familiar sports.
Our new Link with ACES and other schools in the Outwood cluster has meant an increased range of well-organised inter-school tournaments as well as an excellent level of training in sports provided by ACES coaches. We have trained hard for these tournaments (including benchball, netball, dance and cross country) by providing our children with after school clubs over the course of the year for all year groups, with a wide range of sports on offer after school ranging from football and hockey, to benchball and hula-hooping. Our children represented the school with pride in all tournaments, giving one hundred percent effort and being proud of our sportsmanship and teamwork on show. Our year 6 children excelled in cross country and won first prize in their competition.
We have built upon the good practice in teaching PE at Rooks Nest Academy and helped develop both the staff’s teaching of sport skills and the children’s experience of different sports/activities. We have developed links with many local sports companies and clubs. For example, our link with Slazengers Hockey club is now in its fourth season. Hockey for years five and six has proved to be extremely popular. Children took part in our after school hockey club and children have joined Slazengers hockey club in their own time. The Slazenger staff have supported Academy staff in teaching hockey and given them advice and tips to make the teaching of the hockey even better long term.
After overcoming the initial difficulty of driving the cavebus into the school grounds our children in years two to six loved the experience – see feedback from the cavebus/archery day below. Whilst half of each class had a turn in the cavebus the other half of the class also got to try their hand at archery – we even had a few children hit the bullseye!
The younger children in Foundation stage and Year one were a little young for the cave bus and archery but they did get the chance to experience circus skills (along with year two). During the circus skills day, children had the opportunity to balance objects on their nose, plate spinning, juggling and numerous other activities developing hand eye co-ordination. It was a fantastic and fun day for all involved; even some of our teachers couldn’t resist having a go!
Recently, children from year three down to Nursery had a go at yoga. The day really helped us chill out and relax, whilst building concentration, flexibility and suppleness skills. There was an opportunity for children to follow up their interest in yoga by taking part in an after-school club.
This year the Academy will strive to continue to build on the successes of the past two years, whilst incorporating new activities and sports such as orienteering (we now have an orienteering map of the school grounds!) and French skipping. We are also very excited to meet our surprise Great Britain Olympic athlete in March and join in with a fitness circuit run by them.
76.74% of Year 6 students can swim the required distance.