We love playing sport at Upton Infant School and are very proud of our achievements whether it is taking part for fun or competing against other schools.
Each week we have at least two PE lessons and sometimes three. On an Active Afternoon we use the CASA sports coaches to teach us a variety of sports. When we are learning about the different sports we are taught in half-sized classes (15 pupils) so that we get more contact with the coach. We are taught our gymnastics, dance and extra games by the class teacher.
Friday Fun Run
Every Friday afternoon we do the Friday Fun Run. This means the children and adults run around a route in the school grounds for fifteen minutes to see which class can do the most laps. The winning class from each Year Team gets a special trophy. Each week the adults do different silly things like blowing bubbles or dressing up as a tiger to keep us motivated and we also have music playing to sing-along to.
After School Clubs
We have lots of opportunities to take part in extra-curricular activities. Each week the following clubs take place - Football (Reception and KS1), Team Sports, Multi-Skills and Dance.
Each year we have a summer Sports Day. In the morning we do lots of different activities which are organised by the Year Five children from the Junior School and in the afternoon, following a family picnic, we race against each other on Upton Rec.
Harbour Schools Sports Challenge
As we are an infant school we thought that there was a lack of competitive opportunities for our children, because the local competitions were all aimed at Key Stage Two children, so we decided to set up our own. We have therefore set up the Harbour Schools Sports Challenge which involves a number of Year Two pupils from the local schools based around Poole Harbour competing in three events per year - football, swimming and cross-country. There are trophies for each event and an overall winner based on the combined scores. In 2013-14 we won all three of the events and so were awarded the Harbour Shield. 2014-15 was a little more competitive because we finished as Runners Up to Turlin Moor Primary in the Autumn Term football element however we won the swimming and cross-country.
We meet each term with the PE Coordinators from the other schools in the Manor Area Partnership of Schools to share our professional knowledge. Linked to this, we organise for the rest of the schools in the pyramid (one infant, one junior three primaries and a secondary), an annual mile long race called the Manor Mile. Each school enters a boys' and a girls' team from each age group from Reception to Year Eight and they race around a mile long course. There are trophies for the individual winners and the overall key stage winners. For the past three years we have had several individual winners and we have also won the team events for Reception, Year One and Year Two.
As part of the 2012 Olympic Legacy the government provides us with money each year to spend on developing our provision for sport. We have used the money to fund some of the above activities eg doubling the amount of sports coaches we use so that the pupils are taught in groups of fifteen, increasing the amount of after school clubs we offer so that over one hundred pupils are involved in a sporting club each week, leading the development of competitive sporting opportunities for infant aged pupils within the local area. We have also improved our resources for gymnastics, had a professional development day focussed on the teaching of dance and funded a teaching assistant to run a Learn to Move program to develop the gross and fine motor skills of selected pupils. The report below outlines how we will spend our 2015-16 grant and also the benefits we felt from the 2014-15 money.