Learning for Life
One of the key aims of our sport and fitness provision at Foxwood for the primary age children is to encourage participation and enthusiasm, and to begin to develop an engagement with exercise that can grow throughout the student’s school career. We do this by providing a wide range of activities that children of all abilities can participate in. Football club and the Boccia tournament are available as lunchtime clubs providing the students with a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities.
The Primary Sports Funding we receive as an Academy enables us to provide the students with a range of more adventurous activities too. It provides funding for travel to and from horse riding sessions which are led by RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association), swimming sessions at Bramcote Leisure Centre led by qualified instructors, and finally the cost of maintaining and updating appropriate PE equipment and resources to ensure that all students can access PE activities.
At Foxwood Academy we currently have 20 primary students for the 2016-17 academic year. So far this academic year Foxwood Academy has received £4725 of PE and sport premium funding.
During the past Academic year, 2015-16, Foxwood received a total of £8110 PE and sport premium funding which was used to fund the activities as planned for this academic year, and additionally trampolining sessions.
The primary pupils at Foxwood Academy have a range of abilities and vary in their levels of mobility. It is important to provide them with a varied mix of sporting activities including horse riding and swimming which both provide an opportunity for the student to participate in a supported way. The use of qualified professionals to lead the sessions alongside staff ensures that the students are receiving provision of the highest quality. The sensory opportunities offered by horse riding and swimming enhance the enjoyment of sporting activity and can often contribute to the development of language or communication skills. Sport contributes to the development of muscletone and gross and fine motor skills which in turn benefits the students learning in other areas of the curriculum.
The feedback from both staff and students is both positive and uplifting:
“What I like about swimming is that you get to swim around in the pool and get lots of exercise. It can be fun. I got better at swimming and I could swim further and I got my 25 metre badge. I feel very excited when I am swimming.”
By Sean B, KS2, Squirrels class
“The swimming sessions are led by qualified instructors and provide opportunities for the wide range of abilities the students have. For some students it is important to develop water confidence, allowing them time to play and become comfortable in the water. Some of the students find swimming provides sensory stimulation, relaxation and the opportunity to move and experience their body in a different way. Some of the students are able to attain swimming badges and work on technique. After the session we encourage independence in dressing and showering. Helping the students to develop skills which will able them to continue swimming sessions with family or friends in the future. “
Amanda-Claire Millington, Primary Lead Teacher
“I really like horse riding because I get to ride Bristol. I am riding Bristol properly and sit straight. I feel really happy and excited when I am horseriding. I have to listen to Penny who is in charge of all the horses. Bristol does the looking for me because sometimes I can’t see properly.”
By Layton S, KS2, Squirrels class
“Seeing their faces and watching them experience horse riding is amazing! They get to not only ride the horses, but feel an enormous amount of confidence and self esteem. It gives the children a focus and an interest which is special to them. Riding also improves their balance coordination and concentration. Having the volunteers support the children also helps the children develop their social and communication skills whilst all the time having FUN.”
Bev Verney, LSA in Rabbits
Providing the students with this varied mixture of active sessions allows all students to find something they enjoy and gives opportunities for them to find their strengths. Fostering this love of an active lifestyle now and preparing our students for a fulfilling and active adulthood.