In September, 20 Year 2 children had a morning of special training. They learnt how to play a range of play time games, and also how to lead these games, to involve lots of children. The play leaders help engage children in a range of physical activities and games at lunch times.
Our two Year 1 classes, had enrichment sessions every Thursday Afternoon for 6 weeks.
The children learnt how to play tri golf, archery, cricket and curling.
The children loved having these new experiences and learnt lots of new skills.
“I enjoyed it because everything was so much fun, I loved the bow and arrow, I have never done that before.”
“I learnt how to hold a bat, and I had to hit lots of balls.”
“I loved it because I got lots of points.”
“This was such a brilliant experience, there were lots of new experiences for the children to join in with, and they learnt lots of new skills. It was great that there was such a variety of new activities and equipment.”
Year 2 Enrichment sessions - Autumn 2nd
In the Autumn 2nd half term year 2 children had weekly enrichment session for 6 weeks. The sessions gave the children valuable and exciting physical opportunities. Each week the children learnt a new skill, from Archery, to tri golf and even curling! In the final week the children pulled together all their new skills to take part in a competition! The children loved the sessions.
Below are some comments from the children to show the impact the sessions had on their physical experiences at school.
"It was so much fun! I loved the archery, I am good at aiming and getting the most points"
"The golf was a bit tricky to at first, but I didn't give up and I kept trying to concentrate to hit the cones."
"I was the champion at archery!"
"I loved all of it!"
"I liked trying to score points with my team."
"It was great to see the children using new equipment and learning new valuable physical skills. The children really enjoyed the sessions, they would ask everyday if the sessions were that day."
Year 1 Dance - January 2018
In January, our Year 1 children had a 6 week dance experience.
The children learnt new dance skills, and this led up to the children learning and performing a dance routine all about penguins.
The children thoroughly enjoyed these sessions, below are some comments from the children regarding their dance experience.
''The dance was so much fun."
"yes I really enjoyed it, we made a dance about penguins."
"We learnt how to do a canon, that's when on goes, then the next person, then the next person."
"We had to show the penguins feelings in the dance."
"I really like dancing now."
'"I loved dancing."
Reception 'Soccer Tots' -January 2018
In January our Reception children had 6 weeks 'Soccer Tots'.
In these sessions children learnt all about ball control. This helped develop children's co ordination, control and balance.
The sessions were energetic, and the comments below show the enjoyment and progress the children made throughout the sessions.
“we learnt that little kicks make the ball go slowly”
“When I squish my football it doesn’t move”
“I learnt how to control a football, I can do really big kicks now!”
“It was so much fun, I loved the pirate ship game and the cookie monster game”
"I like playing football now"
"These sessions were highly energetic and fast paced. The children were highly engaged with the fun games and activities which were developing their balance, co ordination and strength. It was wonderful to see the progress the children made from session one to session six. This has impacted positively on all children's physical development in Reception."
Reception Chinese New Year Dancing - February 2018
Our Reception children had been learning about Chinese New Year. To add to the children's learning about this they had a morning where they learnt a Chinese dragon dance. They also had the opportunity to try on traditional Chinese clothing, and danced with Chinese fans.
Comments from the children:
“Yes I really liked it. In our dance we pretended to be a dragon and we had to follow the sun”
“we used REAL Chinese fans”
“we learnt how to dance like a lion, and when we saw a red envelope we had to stamp our feet!"
"It was so much fun."
"This was such a valuable and new experience for the children. It not only helped the children's learning with Chinese New Year, and the culture in China, but it was a enjoyable physical opportunity, where all children were engaged in dance."
"It was lovely to see some many smiles on the children's faces. It targeted all children and all children were dancers by the end of the morning!"
KS1 Irish Dancing - March 2018
To celebrate St Patricks day, Year 1 and 2 children had an Irish dance experience.
The children learnt some Irish dancing steps. They then put these together into a dance sequence. At the end of the day the classes came together to perform their dance moves to the rest of the school. The children had great fun!
"It was really fun, we got to do exercises in different dances."
"we learnt a dance move where we had to hold our partners hand and gallop left to right all the way down the hall."
"we learnt lots of new irish dances, I was so tired after."
"I have seen irish dancing on the tv before, and I loved doing it"
"we learnt how to 'step hop', and the 'train'.
In January 2018 we employed a Sports Apprentice. The sports apprentice takes on many roles such:
- Leading gross motor groups to target specific children's physical needs.
- Supporting teachers and children in PE lessons.
- Leading Playtime and Lunchtime physical games and activities.
- Supporting After School Sport Clubs.
Mr Beesley's Morning Fitness Club
In the Summer term Mr Beesley began to run a fitness morning club 3 mornings a week.
The club incorporates a range of fun fitness challenges.
Summer term - 10 children in complete attendance.
After School Clubs
To help engage more of our pupils in Extra Curricular sports clubs, we part funded the costs of the clubs for parents. We also asked parents which clubs they would like their children to attend to ensure we were offering popular and desirable clubs.
In the spring term we offered Gymnastics, Archery, Martial Arts, Dance Around The World, Cheerleading. The clubs were very popular, and there was a vast increase in the amount of children attending the clubs.
Autumn Term - 19 children in complete attendance (13% take up).
Spring Term - 92 children in complete attendance (61% )
In the summer term we offered Gymnastics, Tennis, Football, Street Dance and Musical Theatre.
The clubs were well attended again.
Summer term - 83 children in complete attendance (51%)
Year 2 Dance- April 2018
Year 2 had a six week dance experience. They learnt the beginning of a Street Dance sequence. The children then had to work in groups make their own sequences to the dance. The children had to use a count of 18 for each sequence, and also include dance techniques such as canon and unison.
"It was really, really, really fun."
"The dances had to be very powerful, that means the movements had to be strong and really quick!"
"We learnt about poses, and we had to make them up, it had to be a fast pace.
"In out dance we had to make up sequences in 8 counts, we did a bit of canon too."
"I loved when we performed all the dance at the end, my teacher said we did really well."
Reception - Mini Wrigglers - April 2018
Reception had a six week dance experience. Within these sessions the children explored a range of different movements, using exciting dance props. The children then began to work in groups to create sequences, these sequences were then put together for the children to perform a final dance. Children learnt a range of different dance techniques, such as circle work, partner work, using different levels, direction and even canon.
"I loved it because I liked pretending to be a buzzy bee and wriggling."
"I loved the dancing and spinning around, and doing lots of different actions."
"My favourite bit was when we had to work with a partner and copy each other."
"We got to work in circle dances, that was fun."
"I like pretending to have wings, and buzzing around in different directions"
"I REALLY liked it when we had to perform it to the other class, and then I went home and showed my mummy"
Reception - Play-Trition - March-May 2018
The Reception children took part in a 12 week Play-Trition programme. The programme covered a range of topics to enhance the children's learning and knowledge regarding leading a healthy lifestyle. The children covered topics such as the different food groups, hydration, exercise and the body.
"I liked eating the healthy foods.... I know that they keep me fit and healthy... we need to eat 5 fruit and vegetables a day."
"I always look at the colours on the food now (packaging), if its green it is healthy, if it is red it is not healthy."
"I liked making a fruit cocktail, I had new fruits like kiwi which I had never had before."
"we learnt that some drinks are unhealthy and have lots of sugar, like coca cola, lemonade....water and milk are healthy."
"I just love fizzy water now"
"milk comes from cows, it makes my bones and nails strong, so that they grow.2
"I know how to check my pulse now, when I am exercising it should be fast!"
"Protein keeps me fit, like eggs."
Reception - Pre Pedal - April/May 2018
Reception children had a 6 week pre pedal experience. During this the children explored the balance bikes, developing key skills such as balance, strength and co ordination. Each week the sessions focused on different skills, the children how to take big and small steps on ther bike, how to glide and how to weave.