In this year we have invested in a measured all weather track around our lower field in order for us to undertake the Mile a Day project at Greenfield. This cost £9060.96 for the track (all our funding for this year). No other equipment was necessary.
All children at Greenfield, whatever their age or ability, walk around the track daily with the aim of walking a mile a day (or use their wheelchair etc). Younger children, aged 2 or 3, will only be walking a short way, however we expect the aim for the majority to walk 7 times around the track which equals one mile. Our school aim is for all children to be able to run or access the mile by the time they leave school. The aim of this is for all children to be engaged in regular physical activity that will kick start a healthier lifestyle and can become a lifelong choice as well as raising the profile of physical activity across the school that is not a competitive sport.
Physically active children and young people perform better academically than their inactive peers and those who are most active benefit the most.Dr Richard Bailey, International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education
I believe The Daily Mile will have a huge impact on young people's lives, helping children across the UK to be fitter, healthier and happier. I'm delighted to be supporting The Daily Mile, and hope that every child has the opportunity to take part in this fantastic initiative.Colin Jackson, Olympic 110m hurdles Medallist
Teachers and children choose when in the day they walk the mile as this can impact positively on the children's learning within the classroom. All the children are able to join in the activity, which only takes about 15-20 minutes at a time.
Certificates are awarded in assemblies each week for children's personal growth in this activity eg: for completing two laps, for positive attitude, or for running the mile, or part of it, for the first time.
IMPACT: We have seen a growth in the children's ability to participate and in some children's ability to run at least for part of the mile. Teachers are beginning to run the mile too! Teachers say that after walking the mile the children return to their classrooms with refreshed enthusiasm for their learning. We now see children choosing to walk the mile in their playtimes and lunchtimes. It can be a social occasion too with children talking to each other and their teachers as they walk along - with the increase in technology this is important too. As children become more able to run the mile, they have set themselves challenges for their own personal improvement. We have undertaken surveys with the staff and children which have reflected these positive outcomes.
How we plan to spend our funding for 2017-2018:
This year we have a new coordinator, so a small proportion of the budget will be spent on training him to be able to look after the Sport's Premium Funding effectively and to help all children to become more active and to try different things.
We will be continuing to provide sports coaching to support both staff training (as we have 3 new teachers this year), and extend the children's experiences, only this year we will be branching out to try new activities such as table tennis or even trampolining. We have now trained our own staff to deliver Change for Life, so we will be delivering this as widely as possible as well as extending our after school clubs to engage more children outside of the school day. Our new coordinator plans to launch football and cricket teams in the Autumn term and we will continue to compete against other schools and train staff to be referees and children to be leaders. We want to introduce a range of different activities this year for children to try that they might like to continue outside of school eg martial arts or yoga, this is because we would like children to enjoy activities that they will continue when they are older and we also want to make sure our teachers are able to teach the children a range of different skills.
We will be amending this as we develop the plan throughout the year in response to what the children tell us. We will be posting a more detailed plan early in the Autumn term, so keep an eye out for this!
Specialist teachers/coaches working with staff and children
Clayton Edge the tennis professional and licensed coach from Walsall Tennis Club was employed for the first time for 2014-15. Clayton spent the whole of the summer term working alongside teachers and coaching children in Year One and Two. He also spent the first half term with Years Three and Four. The Year Group One and Two are part of an ongoing project where year on year they will receive coaching in the summer term from Clayton. By their Year Six, the full impact on the skills of the children’s throwing, catching, striking and fielding abilities will be fully seen.
Year One of the project was about enthusing our Key Stage One children with an enthusiasm for the game and at the same time providing a pathway into a local club from a very young age. The development made by our Year Three and Four children in their sessions meant that we entered a team in the Walsall Schools Mini Red Tennis Tournament for the first time.
Our teaching staff have had the opportunity to work alongside a professional and a well-respected, licensed coach. This will have a positive impact on their professional development when teaching games skills.
Specialist coach working with children
A qualified sports leader was appointed to run a Change 4 Life Club from September to July, for one hour every Wednesday after school. The school had taken part in club training during the summer term of 2015 and had been given an adventure themed bag of equipment for the club. The club was targeted at children who did not participate in any of our usual sporting clubs. The next criteria for participation was children who were new to school for September 2015. We also looked at children that we felt that might benefit from taking part in a less traditional activity based club.
The club was initially for Key Stage 2 and had a limit of 20 children. However, by the summer term, we extended the age range to Years 1 and 2 and were able to extend numbers to 30 children.
Impact can be seen by the number of children taking part in an after school activity aimed at encouraging participation in exercise. Many of these children were attending a club for the first time.
Additional coach for football club
A coach was employed during the spring term to work alongside the teacher in charge of football. This facilitated more children to be able to attend the girls and boys football training in Years 3 to 6. The additional coach also allowed the children who were part of our school teams to work away from the main group on their skills and tactics specifically for their matches. This most certainly impacted on our team’s match play ability.
Greenfield have entered Walsall Schools Sporting Tournaments for many years. However, before Sports Premium Funding the cost of covering a teacher to take a team has been prohibitive as many of these events are held during the school day.
Greenfield entered three Sainsbury’s School Games activities for the first time. Money was spent to cover a teacher to take a team to the Shelfield Partnership Tag Rugby tournament. The team were so successful that they won the event. The team then went on to play in the final of the competition which a teacher was covered to attend.
A teacher was covered to take a team of Year three and four children to the Walsall Schools Tennis Tournament. This allowed the children in those year groups to test their skills that they had acquired during PE sessions against opponents from other schools.
A teacher and a teaching assistant were covered to take two teams of children to the Walsall Schools Sportshall athletics competition held at Wolverhampton University.
In addition, two teachers were covered to take teams to the Walsall Schools Kwik Cricket Mixed tournament and the Walsall Schools Kwik Cricket Girls tournament.
Cover was booked to allow the PE Coordinator to spend a day planning tennis activities for National School Sport Week. As Tennis has become a focus Sport this year, the Coordinator planned a MinI Red Tennis Afternoon for Years Three and Four as a culmination of their coaching block from Clayton Edge. Year Five children were trained as tennis leaders to make the afternoon run smoothly.
In addition a tennis skills activity morning for Years 1 and 2 was also planned. This built on the skills that the tennis professional was currently working on with those classes. Year 6 children were used as leaders for that event.
Cricket Pitch Cutting and Marking
Walsall Council Grounds Maintenance were employed to cut a cricket wicket, outfield and to mark the boundary edge on a weekly basis. Greenfield bought this outdoor cricket wicket through Sports Premium Funding in 2014. The long term plan for this purchase from Sports Premium Funding Year One was for Greenfield to become a hub school for Cricket.
The impact of this spend allowed Greenfield to set up a cricket league with three other local schools. It was the first time in recent Walsall Schools History that a league for Primary Schools has existed. The league had both mixed and girls only fixtures. Thus giving our own and children from 3 other local schools (Walsall Wood, St Johns and Milllfield) regular competitive cricket opportunities.
Trophies and Medals
With several new events making up our programme in our National School Sport Week House Competition, money was spent to update or buy for the first time new trophies for the winning House in each of these competitions.
Sports Day was also held during this week and to celebrate the achievement of our children money was spent to buy 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals for each race and medals for every child who took part on our Sports Day.
Impact was seen through raising the profile of the National School Sport Week and the reward of excellence and participation in the week’s events.
Reception Climbing and Activity Trail/ Creative Climbing Prism
At Greenfield, we believe that giving children high quality learning opportunities in PE from a very early age in their school career will promote an interest and passion for physical activity. A journey which we would like our children to take through their school life and into adulthood.
High quality climbing equipment and an activity trail were purchased for the Reception outdoor area to develop our children’s balance, coordination, agility and thinking skills.
This equipment was sited during September 2016 and the impact on our children’s physical development and skills were seen throughout the year in respect of our children's physical development.