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Sport in the Larch

In the Larch our aim is to develop the skills and attitudes needed for every child to have a lifelong participation in physical activity and healthy living. Children will have the opportunity to explore and develop their skills in Dance, Games, Gymnastics, Swimming, Water safety and Outdoor Adventure activities throughout the year in all year groups. We offer Swimming lessons to all students from Year 1 onwards.  We also offer children in Year 5 the chance to be sports leaders, a very big responsibility! Year 1 children have the opportunity to take part in the cycling balanceability programme,  helping them develop gross motor skills, spatial awareness, dynamic and static balance, bilateral coordination and confidence in a safe, challenging but fun way.

We are very passionate about raising sporting achievement and improving the health and well-being of all our pupils and recognise the vital contribution PE & Sport can have on the lives of young people. Please contact Miss Riddle on riddlem@simonballe.herts.sch.uk or any member of the PE & Sports Department on sport@simonballe.herts.sch.uk if you have any questions regarding your child’s sporting journey and we would be happy to help in any way that we can.

Sports Clubs for Key Stage 1 & 2 in the Autumn term will take place on a Monday evening after school from 3.30-4.30 and fixtures will generally take place on Thursday evenings. Sports clubs will cover a range of sports including Football, Tag Rugby, Dance, Sportshall Athletics and much more.

For more information on Sport in the Larch please go to the following FAQ link - Larch Sport FAQ

School Sports Premium

In March 2013 the Government announced that it would provide additional funding to primary schools to support the improvement of provision of PE and sport.

The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport. It is to benefit primary-aged pupils and to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles. All pupils leaving primary school should be physically literate and have the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

There are 5 key indicators that we will look to improve:

The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school

  • The profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
  • Increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • Broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • Increased participation in competitive sport

Our Sports Premium funding helps us to encourage all children to enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle and we understand that for children to develop a healthy lifestyle, they need to develop an early understanding of the importance of fitness and an enjoyment of sport.
For further details about Sports Premium funding please click on the following
link www.gov.uk/guidance/pe-and-sport-premium-for-primary-schools 

Sports Premium Plan 2020_2021

Sports premium evaluation of 2019-2020

 

Sports Leadership in the Larch

Staff are enthusiastic and passionate about promoting sport and attempting to get as many students as possible involved in some form of physical activity. This is achieved not simply through individual participation in games, but also through developing student’s leadership potential through our various Sports Leaders programmes. We believe the work we do in this area is invaluable in increasing confidence, motivation and communication skills within Physical Education. 

Sports Leadership in Year 5 is as follows;

Year 5 Sports Ambassadors

In Year 5, students have the opportunity to apply to become a sports ambassador, where they are responsible for the following;

  • Help promote a healthy lifestyle in school. 
  • Be responsible for writing and supporting with match reports to go onto the website. 
  • Work with Miss Riddle, Mr Leonard  and other members of the PE department  to help with breaktimes, lunchtimes and manage equipment.
  • Wear a special ambassador badge so they can be recognised around school.
  • Help encourage others to become involved in sports/ competitions.
  • Have a role in the Celebration Assembly, this might be distributing certificates, announcing winners to competitions.
  • Work alongside Miss Riddle and Mr Leonard to organise events and competitions such as Sport’s Day.

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