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Magic Moments

28 Jun 2019   |   Lisa McCarthy   |   The Forest Academy, Oakhill Primary Academy, Oakwell Rise Primary Academy

Physical activity improves physical, social and emotional health & wellbeing. The Barnsley Primary Partnership’s aim this year has been for all children to do at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. We have increased our PE lesson time, introduced the daily mile, focussed on active play and lunch times, improved the number of extra-curricular opportunities and developed links with outside organisations to complement our ‘offer’. The results are staggering.

Young Leadership

Our Physical Activity & Sports Leads have really increased the engagement of ALL pupils in regular physical activity. They have enabled the pupils in KS2 to develop their leadership skills and children have been given the opportunity to undergo an extensive training programme which ultimately leads to their ‘Play Leader’ qualification. It really is a pleasure to see young leaders emerging every break time in their fluorescent jumpers to deliver their carefully planned sessions to younger pupils.

Extra Curricular Provision

A broad range of sports and activities are offered in Barnsley Primary Partnership to enrich and extend our curriculum. Clubs range from sewing to signing, football to orienteering, Lego to cooking. Over 50% of our children attend a club every half term.

We also provide competitive and non-competitive opportunities which led us to the finals of the Bruce & Bobby Love Life Cup. We entered a team with players from Oakhill, Forest and Oakwell Rise – the first BPP Team outing! They got through to the finals – to be played at Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium in front of 14,703 spectators! THEY WON on the same day Barnsley were promoted – a day in history for our young people. #opportunityofalifetime!

What Next?

We will continue to make the impact we have made this year, which is fundamental to create happy, well-rounded, healthy individuals.  We need to unlock every child’s talent or interest by providing opportunities for them to experience. We are delighted to be expanding our provision in 2020 to deliver trampolining, Quidditch and Forest schools. Watch out for those broomsticks!

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