In the academic year 2015-2016 our school received over £9,542 to help increase PE and sport opportunities within the school. This helped the children to develop a healthy lifestyle and provided the children with new experiences of different sports.
Funding was spent on a street dance instructor to teach both years 1 and 2 for a term. Year 1 children learnt a street dance routine a popular song from The Lion King, whereas Year 2 learnt a Charleston style dance which they thoroughly enjoyed! The children were keen to participate in these new activities and were engaged in each session.
In Year 6 specialist coaches came in to team teach with teachers and support staff to help develop their subject knowledge through delivering a range of sports and activities.
We also invested in a range of sports equipment for the children to use during their PE lessons, including netballs, footballs, basketballs, gymnastics benches, a springboard, beanbags, hockey balls and an agility pack. As a school we feel it is important for children to exercise and be active during playtimes and lunchtimes as well, so different equipment was purchased to promote this, across both the infant and junior sites.
In the academic year 2014-2015 our school received over £8,000 to help increase PE and sport opportunities within the school.
On the infant site, we paid for a dance instructor to come in and teach children in years R and 1 street dance, where they learnt routines and performed them to other classes at the end of the term. The children in year 2 learnt how to jive and really enjoyed the new challenge that they faced. Boys participated and liked the variety of the dances. The children enjoyed participating in these new activities and were thoroughly engaged in each session. We found the children who shone the most during these topics were the most unlikely ones; those who found balance and co-ordination more difficult to grasp in previous PE sessions or who found academic lessons more challenging.
To widen the children’s experiences of different sports, we organised a gymnastics instructor and cricket coach to come in and lead after school clubs. To allow all children the opportunity of taking part, the school subsidised part of the cost of these clubs, as well as termly football club.
On the junior site we bought new equipment to support the delivery of PE sessions, including new gymnastic mats and trolleys to store them, netballs and footballs, bean bags, hoops and netball posts. We also bought more playground equipment to be used at playtimes and lunchtimes to encourage children to be more active outside at these times.
It was decided that the sports funding would be spent in Year 5&6 to deliver high quality PE lessons (Once a week-2 hours) to ensure that pupils receive a curriculum that delivered comprehensive coverage of physical skills and promote healthy lifestyles (All Star Sports Coaches-Dartford). Pupil responses indicated that PE lessons delivered by All Star Sports coaches were one of their favourite lessons during the week.
It was also noted that the external sports coaches provided a positive male role model for pupils at York Road Junior Academy. Behaviour during the Year 5 and Year 6 PE lessons was good due to the sports coaches’ clear lesson objectives, ensuring precise instructions, promoting enthusiasm and developing pupil confidence and resilience. Boys in particular were inspired and this also ensured that more pupils have been encouraged to take part in additional local community sporting activities such as: rounders tournament, Kwik Cricket, Together Project (PE focus) at the Brent School, Dance morning at Swann Valley Community School, District Sports and District Football Trials and Dartford Judo Centre.
The Sports Coach Funding has inspired York Road Junior Academy by organising voluntary PE coaches to continue to inspire and encourage pupils to enjoy sport. This has included tennis coaching, FA coaching in the Star Centre, Year 10 Leigh Academy PE play coaches and teachers, Total Football (After School Club) and Wise Moves (After School Dance Club). Dance Club pupils performed several times at the York Road Junior Academy summer fair in July 2013.
The Sports Funding impacted upon improving teaching and learning at York Road Junior Academy. New PE plans were introduced by the PE coaches that incorporated a wider range of sporting activities and competitive games from the plans that were previously in place. Teachers observed good lessons led by specialist PE coaches. This enabled teachers in Year 5 and Year 6 to receive CPD to ensure that they knew the qualities of what makes a good PE lesson. The use of the sports coaches also ensured that appropriate, good quality PE equipment has been purchased from York Road Junior Academy budget.
In the academic year 2013-2014 our school received £8,850 to help increase PE and sport opportunities within the school.
Pupils are given many high quality opportunities to develop their curiosity and creativity. They are encouraged to use their imagination, for example when thinking of ways to praise a friend, and are taught to respect the feelings and viewpoints of others.Ofsted
Pupils are engaged and motivated by the way teachers present and teach the well-planned curriculum. This not only ensures that good learning takes place but makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.Ofsted
Teaching assistants make a strong contribution to the good learning taking place, especially when pupils with special educational needs are taught in small groups outside the classroom. They work in very close partnership with teachers and bring an additional range of helpful skills and experiences into the classrooms.Ofsted