We really value sport at Lenham Primary School and try to provide the children with as much exercise as we can through after school clubs, morning exercise and PE lessons. Mrs Martin our PE leader works hard to organise clubs with Mrs Prescott, so that we can enter school sports competitions.
We currently start everyday with 10 minutes of Zumba altogether on the playground, led by Mrs McCluskey and the Zumba Leaders.
Every class has 2 PE sessions a week and we offer a variety of after school clubs (basketball, netball, benchball, Zumba, football) provided by staff and outside providers.
We also receive Sport Premium from the government to help improve the sports opportunities we provide.
Lenham Primary School's Sports Premium
What is sports premium?
The government has chosen to invest in Primary School Physical Education and School Sport. They have done this by offering each primary school £16,000.00 plus £10.00 per pupil to be spent in any way the school thinks best to improve the teaching and learning of PE and School Sport in their individual school. We receive £17,778.00 in total.
How we are using it at Lenham Primary School?
We have used the funding at Lenham Primary School to ensure that children benefit from more experienced and qualified teachers and instructors during their PE lessons. This has included buying in training and support for teachers. This also enables us access to some of their equipment and facilities to try new sports.
Some of the funding has been used to buy new equipment to encourage activities during PE, play times and after school clubs.
See below at how we have spent our funding and the impact it has had. (Sports Premium Funding documents)
We are very pleased to welcome into our Lenham family, Coach Dan and Coach Sammy from Team Theme. We are funding their expertise from our Sports Premium funding for 2022-23. The coaches will be delivering lessons alongside the class teachers and you should check out our Twitter for regular updates on lessons across the school!
The school sweepstake was won by Class 2 who were lucky enough to draw out Argentina. They beat the unlucky Teachers and TAs who were so close to victory with their team- France!
Congratulations Class 2!
Schools Mini World Cup
In Term 2 we sent a Boys' team to our local schools World Cup tournament. Each team had a country to follow and we won an award for our Ukraine flag that we designed and made! Thanks to Mrs Prescott who lead this event run by Maidstone United.
Watch out as later in the year we will be participating in the Girls' Mini World Cup too!
We have been supported in offering extra curricular clubs for our Year 3/4/5/6 girls (Terms 1 and 2) and Yr 5/6 boys (Terms 3 and 4). The children were "puffed out -but dead happy!" according to one red faced Yr5!
Term 3 has seen Charlton come and run Joy of Movement for Years 5 and 6. This is a focus on healthy living and healthy lifestyles followed by a sporting activity each week. The children report they are having " an amazing time" and "learning loads about nutrition and activity!". Keep your views coming children!
Term 3 is Girls' Football Club (KS2) which is every Wednesday after school. Thanks to Lenham Wanderers for providing this free of charge -we hope to forge closer links with your club as the year progresses!
This year we are using our Sports Premium to give children experiences they wouldn't normally get, going outside the normal PE curriculum, as well as providing after school clubs and lunchtime activities. See our plan below.
We are aiming to provide as many opportunities as possible for the children to take part in competitive activities within school and against other schools.
Competitive activities are great for learning to: play as part of a team, manage nerves, cope with losing as well as winning, play by rules.
Competing in a team can also help to build self esteem and it encourages children to put in best effort.
On Tuesday 28.6.22 an Olympic Gymnast called Courtney Tulloch came in to tell us about himself, show us some skills and ‘put us through our paces’ making us do about thirty seconds of four different exercises such as, mountain climbers and press-ups. I don’t think Mrs Fisher was very happy when everyone said that Courtney should do a back flip over her.
He couldn’t come during Sports Week as he got entered into the Commonwealth Games and had to go to a press conference. Despite this, we still thoroughly enjoyed his inspirational visit. The year sixes definitely did their research as they knew some things about him that even he himself had almost forgotten. Courtney even brought in a couple of medals (gold and silver) to show us. His favourite was the silver because he got it for vault which he was told he would never, ever earn and he told us that it goes to show that if you want something badly enough you can earn it. Apart from those, he has also won 90-100 medals.
Thank you for reading! We would like to thank Courtney Tulloch for coming to visit and to wish him luck for the Commonwealth Games.
Hannah ES Bradley and Lily A Mills