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Sports Grant at Burford Bockleton

 

 

SPORTS GRANT 2016/17

The majority of our Sports Grants has been spent on our School Sports Partnership with Lacon Childe School. This offers us a wide range of opportunities. Firstly, a high school sports coach for 3 half terms of the year, where they will teach year groups a range of sports that we may not be so confident in teaching as well as providing after school clubs. In the Autumn Term of 2016, our school-link coach organised fixtures against the High School Year 7s in netball, football and tag rugby. This allowed both groups of children to take part in friendly but competitive events where they could utilize the skills they had practiced in a real game situation. This had a massive impact on their confidence and gave them the ability to make quick decisions in a game situation. In addition to this they provide a half term outreach program, where our eldest children visit the school for a PE lesson once a week (transport included), we often choose volleyball, as this is a sport we don’t have the facilities for in our primary school. Amongst this they offer several areas of training for all teachers, courses I took part in or a due to attend include: Physical Literacy at KS1, Handball at KS2, Active Maths. Finally, they offer us an extensive program of events for all ages to take part in. This provides us with a number of opportunities for children to play sport competitively. This cluster stage allows us to work towards Regional events. 2014 and 2015 were the first years Burford has ever reached Regional stages in Rounders, Netball, Tag Rugby and Indoor and Outdoor Athletics. We also won the South Shropshire Regional Swimming Gala. For Key Stage One and non-competitive children, Lacon Childe offers us festival style events, where children can come and try out new sports lead by Young Leaders. This had a fantastic impact, enabling every child in the school to take part in either a competitive or friendly event in sport. The transport to these events are also provided through the grant. Furthermore, we have provided 2 sets of netball kits and bibs with our school logo (put together by ClubSport Ludlow) and hope to do the same for football.

Finally, our grant is also used to provide swimming lessons in KS2. Not only have we hired the local pool for half an hour a week for two terms, we will also employ a swim-teacher for the higher level pupils in the session. In addition to this, a member of staff was able to attend a 2-day course in Fundamentals and Aquatic Skills of School Swimming (provided by Energize), and is now confident in teaching swimming to children across the school. We continue to explore how we can develop more links within our community. We have organised sessions and after school clubs with Cricket Shropshire ‘Chance 2 Shine’ programme for the spring/summer term. We noticed how the opportunities we were providing made our children more competitive within sport. This led to a decision for Key Stage Two children (Years 4/5 particularly) to have some of their PE covered by HLTA Sacha Lee in the more competitive team sports. They are now taught for 2 hours on a Friday afternoon throughout the year. This allows her to teach them a progression of skills with more time than a regular PE lesson. The lessons would progress towards a competitive game towards the end of the sessions, which would help the children to utilize the skills they have learnt.