Physical Education and Sport
School Games Mark
We are delighted to announce that Ringwood Junior School has achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2018-2019 academic year. The School Games Mark is a government lead award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sports Trust to reward Schools for their commitment to the development of competition across school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success and to have improved upon our provision from the previous year. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in a areas of participation, competition, pupil leadership and sports clubs and we look forward to continuing to drive pupil involvement in sports with the recruitment of Sports Leaders and Play Leaders.
It is our aim to deliver high quality PE and sport for all children at Ringwood Junior School, to develop their enjoyment of sport and physical activity by promoting a passion for lifelong physical activity through shared interests with other children, schools and clubs within the community. Ringwood Junior School aim to educate all children about the importance of active lifestyle choices to improve both physical and mental wellbeing All children at Ringwood Junior receive at least 2 hours of PE each week and we also try to provide extra opportunities where possible (this is why PE kits need to be in school every day!) We have a well developed play area, where children can be active together at play and lunchtimes and we have recently marked out a ‘Golden Mile’ course around the back playground.
All children at Ringwood Junior School have the opportunity to learn new skills or improve and compete in a number of sports, including: football, handball, hockey, netball, basketball, tennis, cycling, swimming, cross-country running, gymnastics, athletics and tag-rugby in PE lessons and through after school sports clubs. These are all aimed at increasing children’s participation, competition and enjoyment of physical activity. We hold an annual Scootathon which always proves great fun for children of all ages, as well as an annual ‘Run for Fun’ in which the whole school share in the enjoyment and physical benefits of running for a good cause.
Our objective at Ringwood Junior School is for children to develop as active and healthy young people with a keenness to continue sport and activity outside of school time. In order to foster this developing love of sport and activity, we offer an extensive range of extra-curricular clubs. These range from term to term, allowing children to explore and find a sporting passion but include tai chi, archery and traditional team sports We encourage all children to develop a positive outlook on health and furthermore, it will develop important ‘life qualities’ such as strength, resilience and communication skills.
New Forest School Sports Partnership
In addition to our high quality P.E lessons, we are active participants in the New Forest School Sports Partnership in association with Sainsbury’s School Games. This enables children from across the school to represent us in individual and team sports ranging from football, rugby, hockey and netball to golf and dodgeball. This also enables us to have access to festivals championing more unusual sports such as Boccia and Curling.
Last year saw us compete in over 20 activities across the local area, both competitive and friendly, achieving many gold, silver and bronze medals in gymnastics, football, hockey, tennis and cross country. Children in gymnastics and girls football performed so well at the regional competitions that they progressed to represent New Forest District at the Hampshire County Games in Aldershot which was a fantastic opportunity to compete at a higher level and meet other children from the New Forest.
Sports Leaders and Play Leaders
We encourage children at Ringwood Junior School to take an active role and voice in sporting and activities around school. Sports Leaders have been recruited across all year groups and amongst other roles, to encourage children to be more active at lunch and break times, to lead warm ups in PE lessons and to participate in student voice focus groups. Play leaders have also been recruited to set up, support and manage and offer skill improvements to children playing with the play equipment at break times
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
Children have the opportunity to participate in Outdoor and Adventurous Activities throughout their time at Ringwood Junior School. This comes in many forms with the main being the residential trips that happen throughout the year. Children in year groups 3, 4 and 6 have the opportunity to go on one residential trip per year where life skill activities such as fire lighting, and shelter making but kayaking, archery, high ropes and rock climbing are also available.
When possible, we also make the most of the fantastic facilities that we have around us such as Rock Reef Climbing Centre on Bournemouth Pier.
We have an outdoor adventure club after school - ‘Fresh Air Club’ within the school grounds, which shows children basic survival skills and how to keep ourselves and our environment safe and protected.
School Sports Premium
The government is providing substantial funding to primary schools to support effective delivery of PE. This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments of Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children.
The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision - schools have the freedom to choose how they do this. School are responsible for demonstrating how the money has been used each year and the impact it has had on PE and school sport.