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Review of School Sports Funding 2020-2021

Utilise online events and opportunities available through our partnership with North Charnwood School Sport and Physical Activity Network and other agencies:

Throughout the year we have continued to use the opportunities made available by North Charnwood. As a school, we have participated in various virtual events including; KS2 Sportshall Athletics, Active travel month, Boostmas, 21 days of activity, Cross-country, Netball, Football and a KS1 Horizon festival (focusing on key movement skills).  

The KS2 Sportshall athletics competition involved several athletic stations, where the children were responsible for recording their timings and results. As a result of this, the top 20 girls and boys’ results were then sent to the North Charnwood organisers with Hall Orchard placing 3rd against all other schools in the North Charnwood network.

We also participated in the Active Travel month in Autumn 2. This opportunity was a great success with lots of children and parents getting on board with the initiative, encouraging children to actively travel to school, by walking, scooting or cycling, instead of commuting by car. There were a total of 4234 active travels for October, which we believe is much higher than an average month in the school year.

KS1 took part in the ’12 Activities of Boostmas’ competition before Christmas, both KS1 year groups engaged in the activities during their PE lessons. The children thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas themed activities, and the chance to participate in some competitive activities as they had not had an opportunity like this in a number of months. This competition was again provided by North Charnwood and was a huge success.

Also in the Autumn term. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 were given the opportunity to participate in the Cross Country taking place at Prestwold Hall. This event was very popular last year with the KS2 children and we saw this as a great opportunity this year. There were however only 11 children who took part in this event across the 4 year groups, a drastically lower participation rate than previous years. Due to COVID restrictions, the event was not ran as usual. The event organisers placed a limit on the amount of children who could race in each year group, parents were responsible for signing their children up this year within a time limit and teachers were not permitted to attend the event. Going forward, if this event was to happen again, we would take responsibility in ensuring that letters go out as soon as the information is sent to us hopefully increasing participation figures.

During Autumn 2 and Summer 1, Mr Harris started the Sporting Ambassador Programme, again provided by the North Charnwood organisers. This included 20 gifted and talented children chosen from Year 5. The programme involved a number of workshops, training the children to become sporting ambassadors, ready for Year 6 where some of their responsibilities will be; running lunch time clubs and helping out on sports days and acting as a pupil voice. This opportunity was a great success with children seeming very motivated and enthusiastic about the programme. This is something that we hope to continue in future years, as it not only challenged our Gifted and Talented children within sport, it will also have a positive effect on other children when the Sports Ambassadors can be actively involved in lunchtime activities, sports days and having a pupil voice next year.

Within the course of school closure and online learning in Spring 1, children were encouraged to participate in the 21 Days of Activity Challenge. This challenge included children tracking their physical activity during the 21 days between January and February. This challenge was made available to both children in school and learning remotely, they were asked to complete the activity tracker sheet daily and all tracking sheets were sent back to school to record our schools’ achievement at the end of the challenge. From the sheets emailed in by parents, as a school our total activity minutes were 22276 minutes, which indicates there was a positive amount of participation across the school for this challenge.

As soon as events were able to commence again, we have taken part in; Year 5 boys football, Year 5 girls football, Year 6 Netball, Year 5 Netball, Year 3 and 4 Cross Country, Year 5 and 6 Cross Country, and KS1 Horizon Festival. We have attended all events on offer from the North Charnwood organisers except the KS2 athletics event, and although KS2 missed out on this opportunity our PE curriculum was focused on Athletics in the Summer Term, where events and games were similar.

This year, in preparation for all events we held practice sessions beforehand, to maximise pupils’ knowledge and confidence. This is something that we would like to continue, as in all events, performance and determination has been higher than previous years, allowing us to place higher in the rankings against other schools in most of the events.

Continuation of the profile of PE being raised further with the promotion and celebration of achievements:

During this academic year we have continued to promote the profile of PE, by; celebrating children’s sporting achievements with HOPS points and certificates, updating of PE notice board and using the schools’ social media platform. Within the first half of the academic year, certificates where handed out on a fortnightly basis to the PE star of the weeks, in each class. This celebrated the children’s successes and achievements during their PE lessons and also offered an incentive to children when participating in their PE lessons, this worked particularly well in KS1 and the Foundation Stage. Certificates were also handed out for children who participated in events, both virtual and face to face, across the year.

Self and peer assessment and personal best has been a huge focus in PE lessons this year. Children have been encouraged to assess one and others’ performance in their PE lessons after doing specific activities. This has led to the KS2 children becoming critical thinkers who can identify each other’s positives during a PE lesson and ensure that their peers know about the positives and can be encouraged to do the same in future lessons.

Continue to link PE and Physical Activity with our school values and LORIC- embedding Physical Activity into our daily schedule

The profile of Physical Education and Physical Activity in the school have been increased with the introduction of Sports ambassadors in Year 5, who were selected based on their PE performance and attitude during their PE lessons. This has progressed from our school ‘sports leaders’ last year, to a recognised programme produced by the North Charnwood organisers for children in primary schools.

 During the Summer Term this year, each class took part in a sports day themed PE lesson to substitute the ‘traditional’ Sports day, this was adapted due to compliance with COVID restrictions still in place across the school. Throughout the session, teachers focused on; Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication in line with our LORIC characteristics.

Our PE notice board demonstrates how important LORIC is in our school especially when participating in our PE curriculum. All characters are on the notice board, reminding the children that these should be imbedded into their PE lessons as well as their academic lessons. The board also includes the School Games values, which are very important when we enter our school games competitions. We have proved to follow these values well at events this year showing respect, enthusiasm and resilience.

This year we celebrated Active Travel Month where all children in the school were encouraged to be physically active each morning by walking, cycling and scooting to school and recording their activity each morning. This was supported by ‘Shoesday’ where the children wore their own shoes for a day during walking week. As previously mentioned, the level of activity increased from previous years and activity was promoted throughout the month by teachers using our school values and LORIC to support.

Throughout the year, during their PE lessons Mr Harris and other staff members teaching PE have been mindful of praise and encouragement in turn promoting; great effort, good technique, working well in a team, or showing leadership qualities.

In addition to this we continue to produce heat maps each term for each year group to monitor the levels of activity throughout the school day. Included in our daily activity is ‘Activate’; a programme of physical movements to activate the body and minds of children in the classroom. This is a programme which supports and supplements our PE Scheme making sure that activities and movements are progressive and age related.

Activate is sometimes substituted in classrooms for alternatives such as; Cosmic Yoga, Just Dance and Go Noodle. Substituting the active 10 minutes a day for these alternatives helps to make sure that children are joining in and motivated daily. This needs to be monitored closely going forward as some classes occasionally do not meet the 10 minute a day requirement.

PSHE/DT/PE/Science links (mindfulness)

Each year group had a PSHE/DT/mindfulness element planned into their curriculum to ensure that children had an insight into healthy eating and effects on the body through PSHE/DT and science. This has been evident in each year group through their tailored IPC units and can be seen in learning sequences across the school in these subjects.