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 take part in a variety of activities including team sports, gymnastics, athletics and dance.
Monday Fun Run
Every Monday afternoon we do a whole school Fun Run. This means the children and adults run around a route in the school grounds for thirty minutes to see which class can do the most laps. 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 where children are supported by Year 8 students from Lytchett Minster School. The atmosphere is competitive but supportive of all children.
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 this years grant and also the benefits we felt from the previous years money.