We are about to embark on the fifth year of our Sports Premium Funding and are excited at the prospect of receiving the enhanced amount. Last year school received two instalments during the year, totalling £19,020. We certainly made the most of this resource. We maintained our partnership with SHARES and the West Lancs SSP, which gave us the opportunity to access a wide range of sporting competitions, inclusion events, Born To Move and CPD training for staff.
The single biggest investment since the latest report, made possible with SSF, has been the building of a 250m Golden Gravel running track. Already it is proving to be a big hit with our school community. Reception upwards have used it for their daily mile, it has featured in PE lessons and been utilised by breakfast and running clubs. It has been popular with parents and staff. Woodland now has its own ‘couch to 5k’ group, who are taking full advantage of our wonderful new facility.
Our track is also suitable for bikes and scooters. We have introduced Cycling into our PE programme for KS2, having been alarmed at the number of children who could not ride a bike. We are planning to acquire some Balance bikes, so we can introduce cycling skills to our younger children. We have put some money aside to buy more cycles and improve our storage facilities.
Once again we targeted additional Swimming sessions for Year 4 and for less confident Year 5/6 children. This has reaped huge rewards. From January onwards, we introduced swimming to Reception. They had a fabulous time and made lots of progress. The percentage of children leaving Woodland, having met National Curriculum Standards in the last academic year, was 100%. This has increased from 85% in 2013/14 to 96% 2016/17. This is almost double the National Average. Our investment has been well and truly vindicated.
We have continued to employ an experienced PE teacher to deliver Gymnastic sessions to all children from Reception to Year 6. This has proved very effective in developing the children’s skills and enjoyment in Gymnastics, as well as training staff. Gymnastics is a strength within the school.
In the last 12 months we also spent SSF money on Born to Move sessions for Nursery children, Forest School for Year 1 and a Yoga programme which ran in the Summer term.
It has been another successful and enjoyable sporting year. Once again, this year, extra-curricular clubs were full to bursting and many have waiting lists. In the last 12 months almost 80% of or KS2 children attended a sports club regularly (45% represented school in competition). In Year 6, 40 out of our 43 children took part in an after-school sports club. Half of our children in KS1 took part in after school sport. The challenge is to increase KS1 participation. We have had to split our Running club due to numbers. Younger children now run on Thursday and older, more experienced athletes, run on Friday. We still operate a Sunday morning walking bus to ferry children to the Skelmersdale Junior Park Run.
In the last academic year’s Inter-school competitions we achieved the following- Skelmersdale and Up Holland Netball winners
Skelmersdale and Up Holland Gymnastics winners
Skelmersdale and Up Holland Cross-Country winners
Skelmersdale and Up Holland Indoor Athletic winners
Skelmersdale and Up Holland Swimming Gala winners
Skelmersdale and Up Holland Athletics winners
Skelmerdsdale and Up Holland Quadkids winners
Skelmerdsdale and Up Holland Basketball winners
Once again we competed in club cross-country races in Bolton, Chorley, Lancaster and Liverpool. The children thoroughly enjoyed their gallops in the mud. Next year we hope to enter these events again, with more children being given the opportunity to take part.
We also entered 7 children into the Crosby Triathlon as a reward for their commitment to Woodland sport. Sports premium is used to subsidise entry fees and transport.
The link with Wigan Harriers allowed our children to represent the club in the YDL – a national competition for young athletes. We travelled as far as Carlisle to display our running prowess!
In most competitions this year we have fielded 2 teams, due to the large numbers of children wishing to represent school. Opportunities to get involved have been open to everyone. For the third year running we have received Gold Standard from the Sports Games organisation for our “commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport.” We hope to achieve a Platinum standard in the next academic year.
For a second year we worked alongside Edge Hill University in a project to promote a less sedentary lifestyle. We have committed to providing more active play and lunchtimes, as well as offering fitness sessions at breakfast club and ‘action breaks’ in class. It is hoped that during the next academic year there will be a programme of intervention rolled out across the whole school.
We have also started the process of setting up our own Forest School. Staff have been identified for training and an environment pin-pointed. This fits with our promotion of healthier lifestyles, especially with our younger children.
The Olympic values remain at the heart of our Physical Education provision. Children who have portrayed these values in class have been rewarded with trips to sporting venues – a beach run in Formby is always a popular choice.
Half-termly Sports Awards are presented to children, in specially arranged assemblies, who have consistently displayed these special qualities.
The additional Sports Premium funding being made available next academic year, will allow us to develop our sports provision. We have gathered a core team to oversee and drive our Sports programme forward. Woodland is lucky to have a group of staff and parents who are willing to give up their time in the evenings and at weekends to support the expanding list of events and opportunities.
Improving Physical Literacy in KS1, identifying more access to local clubs and improving facilities, remain major aims. We will also be seeking ways to involve children who have previously not engaged. This will add to the growing strength of Physical Education and Sport at Woodland, alongside the promotion of a healthier lifestyle within our community.