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.
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% )