All young people should have the opportunity to live healthy and active lives. A positive experience of sport and physical activity at a young age can build a lifetime habit of participation and is central to meeting the government’s ambitions for a world-class education system.
Physical activity has numerous benefits for children and young people’s physical health, as well as their mental wellbeing (increasing self-esteem and emotional wellbeing and lowering anxiety and depression), and children who are physically active are happier, more resilient and more trusting of their peers. Ensuring that pupils have access to sufficient daily activity can also have wider benefits for pupils and schools, improving behaviour as well as enhancing academic achievement.
We, at Captain Shaw's CE School, are committed to ensuring all our children have full and rich experiences which promote and improve physical and mental health. As such, we are striving to deliver this in accordance with the following five key indicators:
As part of our commitment to get children fully involved and engaged in physical activity and as part of our exciting 'Celebrating me, our school and our community' project this Autumn, children were tasked to write a report, persuading me how they believe some of the money should be spent! The children were really excited to use and develop lots of skills:
Children have now completed their Sports Premium Challenge and have persuaded me to spend the money on a brand new play park for our field! Take a look at some of their amazing reports below plus all the communication, writing, computing and design & technology skills they have developed!
As part of our drive to keep active, the children have also been involved in choosing new equipment to encourage them to be even more active and use muscles they wouldn't normally use!
We have also introduced, 'RAG TAG Thursdays'! This is where we use our new Rag Tag kit, made from recycled materials that would have gone into landfill. The kit is a perfect way to problem solve; be really creative; work with different age groups and stay active!
We are also proud of the amazing community support to secure £10,000 Lottery funding, which has allowed us to create an area to promote active play for our youngest in Bootle!