We are now in the fourth year of our Sports Premium Funding. Last year school received two instalments during the year, totalling £9,635. The benefit of this resource has become increasingly obvious. Our partnership with SHARES and the West Lancs SSP has given us the opportunity to access a wide range of sporting competitions, inclusion events, Bikeability and CPD training for staff.
Targeting additional Swimming sessions for Year 4 and for less confident Year 5/6 has been maintained and has reaped huge rewards. The percentage of children leaving Woodland as a swimmer, has increased from 85% in 2013/14 to 96% 2016/17. This is almost double the National Average. Ensuring that our children leave with such a crucial life skill will remain one of our priorities.
Developing Gymnastics has remained a key focus and is taught to all children from Reception to Year 6. Using experienced PE Teachers to work alongside class teachers and TA’s has proved very effective in developing the children’s skills and enjoyment in Gymnastics. Staff benefit in terms of learning new ideas and becoming a more confident deliverer. Gymnastics has become a genuine strength.
We have established the daily mile which has been met with great enthusiasm. The older children in particular can see the benefits. With help from the WLSSP we are seeking funding to construct a running track/path. Hopefully, the wider community will be able to access this facility.
Sport at Woodland is thriving. Once again, this year, extra-curricular clubs were full to bursting and many have waiting lists. In the last 12 months almost 50% of or KS2 children attended a sports club regularly (40% represented school in competition). Ways are being to sought to increase KS1 participation. We have had to draft in more staff to our Friday Running Club which sets off most weeks with over 40 athletes in tow.
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 KS1 Multi-sports winners
Skelmersdale and Up Holland Swimming Gala winners
Skelmersdale and Up Holland Athletics winners
West Lancashire Orienteering winners
That is not to mention the individual awards given to children, which includes two district champions in Athletics.
We also competed in a club cross-country race in Bolton and fell race in Chorley. The children thoroughly enjoyed their gallops in the mud. Next year we hope to enter these events regularly throughout the winter months, with more children being given the opportunity to take part. Sports premium will be used to subsidise entry fees and transport.
Towards the end of the year we developed a link with Wigan Harriers Athletics Club, which resulted in 7 of our more talented athletes joining their club. Once again Sports
Premium funding contributed towards this endeavour. Our running group - The
Woodland Whippets – have achieved local notoriety and national acclaim! We are also playing a pivotal role in the establishment of an adult Park Run in Skelmersdale.
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 are currently working 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 – some even chose a beach run in Formby. 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 expand our sports provision. Improving Physical Literacy in KS1, identifying more access to local clubs and improving facilities, are just a few developments which will be established in the near future. This will add to the growing strength of Physical Education and Sport at Woodland alongside the promotion of a healthier lifestyle within our community.