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Achieving personal bests

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It was great to see the year 4 children working well together and individually today in P.E. They regularly supported each other offering positive feedback and areas to improve, and celebrated each other’s successes. 

Every child in the lesson strived to achieve their personal best. This was evident in the javelin throw as their individual cone was going further and further down the hall. I look forward to improved weather conditions to see how far some of our talented children can throw the javelin! We have some expert throwers as the hall was not long enough!

The children also shared roles in timekeeping and measuring. iPads were used to offer a visual video form of feedback. The children used this to improve/ change their technique, seeking for improvements. The standing long jump was an excellent example of this as the children found that bending their knees and using their arms effectively made them jump further.

It really was an enjoyable lesson and it was great to see everyone working together to achieve. #togetherwebuildunderstanding

 

 

 

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Greater Manchester School Games – Unsworth chosen to represent Bury Schools

We are proud to announce that the Unsworth Tag Rugby team will be one of two schools to represent Bury at the annual Greater Manchester Winter Games. They will compete against the top 2 schools from each borough of Greater Manchester on Tuesday 21st March

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The day is something the children will remember, participating at the fantastic Eastlands Sportscity facilities. They have done incredibly well to represent the Bury schools and should enjoy this next challenge. 

 

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Competitive sport and clubs

Competitive sport

This 2016/17 year has seen Unsworth competing in a plethora of sports against other schools. The children are developing their knowledge in teamwork, rules, skills and always represent the school well, showing respect to fellow competitors and officials.

This year the school has already competed in a variety of sports including:

  • Boys Football, Girls Football and Tag Rugby

and have these competitions to look forward to:

  • Cross Country ( boys and girls teams) – BJSSA Cross Country events scheduled at (Tues 28th Feb) Broadoak High School, (Tues 8th March) St Gabriel’s RC High School, (Tues 14th March) Derby High School and (Wed 29th March) Bury Athletics track –  Feb-March
  • Netball competition – fixtures arranged Feb-April
  • Athletics – summer
  • Cricket – summer
  • Rounders – summer
  • Y5 5-a-side football -summer

as well as continued football and tag rugby events. 

We are passionate at Unsworth to offer children these competitive sporting opportunities. We want every child to enjoy sport, strive to achieve their personal best and work hard as a team. The experiences gained of success, challenge and risk-taking from sports, and how the children respond to these, can only help in all aspects of life. 

 

Clubs

At Unsworth, we value the thoughts of the children, ask the children which sports they like to participate in and which clubs they would like. A survey is going to be generated by Mr Garside to ask the children which is their favourite current club and what other clubs they would like to do, which are not currently on offer. 

Many thanks must go to QFirst for all their lunchtime and after school clubs delivered this year, including: cheerleading, dance, tennis, basketball and multi sports.

Additionally, Unsworth have a dedicated staff, who are working as a team, to provide lunch time and after school clubs in: table tennis, tag rugby, football, netball, dance and cross country. As well as this, there will be a further variety of sports in the summer including: judo, cricket, rounders and athletics. 

Not only this, Y6 children ‘Sports Crew’ have delivered sessions to Y2 and are moving on to Y1 next. They are learning every session, making improvements to their organisation and are getting better every week. The Y2 children really seemed to enjoy the sessions designed by the Sports Crew, especially the kick ball game. 

 

 

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Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.

On Friday, we had the privilege of inviting a second group of Bury school leaders into our school to start another of our leading assessment programmes. During the morning, they visited our classrooms with their Y4 guides to see assessment in action. Whilst they were visiting classes, I spent a half hour in the hall with Y2 watching their gymnastics lesson. I was so impressed with their skills and the quality of teaching from Mrs Darby and support from Miss Hackett and Miss Lloyd. During the session, the children were practising gymnastic sequences. At the same time, they were filming each other using iPads and then reviewing their attempts immediately and improving their next attempt. In addition, Mrs Darby used her iPad projected on the big screen in the hall to help individuals and groups assess the accuracy of their movements. Fabulous!

As I sat watching this, I listened to our Y4 guides explaining to our visitors about how peer assessment is done in PE lessons. They were so articulate and confident. I felt really proud of our children but also of our staff. We have worked very hard over a long period of time to improve all aspects of our curriculum, including sport and PE. This is reflected in the increased numbers of opportunities for extra curricular sport; an example being the cricket tournament we entered this week at Stand Cricket Club. Our Y6 team were delighted to return to school after winning through to the Bury finals later this term.

In the next couple of weeks we will be holding our Infant Olympics and our Junior Sports. Every child in the school will take part in these events and parents and carers are very welcome to attend. The idea of the Infant Olympics is participation whilst the Junior Sports introduces the concept of competition. Our younger children spend the whole afternoon active. They move from activity to activity in mixed teams. Each activity practises a different skill. They skills demand concentration and effort but mostly are designed to be fun. It is important that young children see physical activity as enjoyable and are not put off by the addition of competition.

By Key Stage Two we introduce an element of competition. We do, however, stress to all of the children that taking part should be fun. When we stand on the finish line for the races we make sure we encourage and congratulate every child no matter where they finish. Some individuals struggle with the idea of not winning but it is often the way adults respond that helps them to come to terms with it. If we are still smiling and clapping at the finish whether they are first or last, if we tell them how much we’ve enjoyed watching them run, then they manage to have fun regardless.

We have also recently joined a limited number of primary schools in Bury in the I Will if You Will initiative. This is designed to encourage children and families to be more active. One of the activities is the WOW (Walk Once a Week) initiative. Some of our children initially thought that walking from the car at the end of Blackley Close constituted a walk to school! We have spoken to the children to encourage them to try a longer walk, at least ten minutes, just once a week. This is very dependent on parents and carers making the extra effort to do so. Not only would this increase health and well being but it has the knock on effect of pleasing our near neighbours who are regularly disturbed by inconsiderate parking at 9 and 3:30! We realise that this can be difficult for parents but it is well worth leaving home just a few minutes earlier on one day when you see the children’s delight when they achieve their WOW badges.

If you would like to read more about our PE curriculum or about how we use our Primary Sports and PE grant please take the time to read Mrs McLoughlin’s impact report under the Key Information tab. Also, keep a look out for information about our upcoming whole school enquiry based on Olympic and Paralympic values, due to start on Monday, 4th July.

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” Michael Jordan

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Sports Relief 2016

 

On Friday 18th March, each class took part in a sponsored race outside. The children were given a time limit to complete the events as a class. Events included skipping, press ups, hula hooping, bench presses, sit ups and ladder jumps! Music was also played to keep the children motivated. Some children even managed to surprise themselves with just how long they kept going for! It was a great day had by all, including me!

The ladies in the office counted up all the money that had been collected over the past few weeks and we managed to raise an impressive £500.72! Thank you so much to everybody who contributed towards this amount.

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The Sports Crew deliver a superb activity!

Our Sports Crew had a great start with their first taught session based on invasion games. The Sports Crew are a group of 8 children who are in charge of their own activities and decide for themselves which sporting activities they think the younger children across the school would enjoy. They decided to interview me to find out more about Y3’s interests and from there, planned three sessions to deliver to Y3.

Last week they taught Y3 how to warm up their bodies, modelled and played an invasion game which they called ‘Tag the Tail’ followed by stretches to cool down their bodies. Both Y3 and the Sports Crew had a great time! Next week, the Crew will deliver some football skills and set up a mini match. Great teamwork!

 

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Dance, sports crews and clubs!

It has been another eventful and energetic half term for sport at Unsworth! Across each week, every class takes part in 2 x one hour PE sessions. This involves the children taking part in a variety of sporting activities including gymnastics, invasion games and dance.

This half term, the focus has been on our dance curriculum within Y3 and Y5 by working alongside two trained dance coaches from Qfirst Sports to help enhance our teaching and learning. The children worked on a variety of coordination activities, balancing techniques and singular dance moves. Over the weeks, the children were taught how to put the separate moves together into a dance sequence. They practised mirroring, keeping in time and exercised every muscle in their body through stretching and movement. From a teacher’s point of view, it enabled me to visualise teaching dance in a different way, either based on the arrangement of the children or time spent on different aspects of dance. It also created many opportunities for dialogue between myself and the coach which informed my assessments. The purpose of having trained coaches in school is firstly for the enhancement of the curriculum for the children so that they have further sporting opportunities that are engaging, energetic and fun, but also to enable class teachers to reflect on their own practice and create vital assessment opportunities.

For the past six weeks, YR and Y1 have taken part in a dance club on a Wednesday after school. The coach worked on basic balancing techniques, coordination and rhythm. They also practised mirroring different dance movements and were given the opportunity to take part in a dance circle. After watching various sessions, it was clear to see how the children’s confidence grew from week to week. Some children seemed reluctant to take part in certain aspects of dance, mainly performing for a small audience. By the last week, all children could confidently perform their dance sequence for each other. During play times, I also spotted some of the Y1 children practising their sequences for some of the older children. Great moves!

Our Y2 ping pong club, every Thursday with Mrs Darby, has also proved to be a great success! The children have been building the skills needed to play a basic ping pong game such as control and coordination. Mrs Darby will now be inviting Y4 to her ping pong sessions after the half term break.

This year, I have started a sports crew with a group of 8 children from Y5 and Y6. We have had a great start! The idea is that the children initiate their own ideas for a sports club aimed at younger children. We discussed as a group an agenda for the upcoming weeks and how we were going to advertise the club. The children created sports crew posters using pic collage and put them up around school. They have also been busy creating certificates and planning fun activities to deliver. The children have now prepared 3 sessions to deliver to their first group of children. Y3 will be the first group to take part, 10 children have shown a keen interest and will join the sports crew on the first Wednesday back after half term.

The netball team are an absolute credit to the school! They train each Tuesday night and show dedication and enthusiasm week after week. This half term, the focus has been on positioning and playing as many matches as possible. The girls have learnt how to rotate positions so that they become familiar with the rules for each player on the court. It was a shame that their first match was cancelled last week due to bad weather, however the game will now be rearranged for after the half term. They are now ready for their upcoming 5 matches. As always, parents and carers are invited to all home games, letters will be sent out, like last week, to invite you to each game.

Y4 have enjoyed their first few weeks at Total Fitness for their swimming lessons. This year, due to having their sessions closer to school, the children can walk to their lessons. It also means that the children get more time in the pool. After speaking with staff who attend the sessions, they have mentioned how well behaved our children are and how hard they work once they are in the pool. The staff at Total Fitness are also challenging all children, regardless of their swimming abilities. Keep up the great work Y4!

The lunchtime leaders, a group of 8 Y6 children, are now confident at delivering their own sessions to the the younger children at lunchtime, after having support from Connor from QFirst Sports. Miss Costin said the leaders have been getting to know the Y1 and Y2 children and have been trying out some different activities for the children to take part in such as circuits, circle games and ball skills. The leaders were also delighted to receive their purple lunchtime leader caps!

On Wednesday, the whole school took part in a wakey shakey Wednesday workout to raise money for the NSPCC. The children (and staff) really enjoyed taking part in the event and felt alert and ready for the day ahead! Good fun had by all!

Finally, the Y6 children spent the last few days of the term at Robinwood. The children were faced with a variety of sporting opportunities such as canoeing, caving, climbing and archery. The children were challenged to take part in different adventures and teamwork opportunities, what a fantastic experience for our children! Read Mrs Reynolds’ blog to find out more.

So what is happening in the next half term?
Y2 and Y5 will have the curriculum support sessions with the focus being on hockey.
A hockey after school club will also start for certain year groups,  the first week back. Letters have already been sent out for the relevant year groups.
The sports crew will kick start the term with a fast paced invasion game focused session for the Y3 children, sounds exciting!
Football training will recommence with Mr Evans every Friday, and the team will face their first friendly match with Hollins.
The netball team will continue their training each Tuesday and will play their 5 matches as part of the BJSSA league.
The cross country tournament will take place in March at Heaton Park, letters to follow.
We also have a Bury CC Junior Coach coming in to deliver some cricket sessions to the Y4, Y5 and Y6 children, letters to follow the first week back.
The lunchtime leaders will continue to create sporting activities for the younger children, working alongside Miss Costin.
Ping Pong sessions with Mrs Darby will start for the Y4 children, keep a look out for more information in the upcoming letters.
The after school children will also continue to have exciting sporting opportunities every Thursday and Friday, ask Miss Costin for more information.

Is your child interested in a particular sport? Are you looking for an out of school club? Since having our dance sessions in school this term, one child in Y3 has joined a dance club after talking with me about a possible dance club. If you would like any information regarding sports clubs for your child to attend outside of school, please ask me and I can point you in the right direction. We have a variety of links with out of school clubs such as football, cricket, netball, dance and gymnastics clubs within the local area, so please just ask. Mrs McLoughlin.

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A sporting success!

What a fantastic sporting term we have had!

As stated on the PE information page, Unsworth have joined together to work alongside QFirst Sports to enhance the sporting opportunities of the children from Early years all the way up to Y6. So far this term, Y1, Y3, Y4 and Y6 have experienced curriculum support sessions for either Invasion Games or Multi skills. After speaking with both colleagues and the children involved, all curriculum support sessions have received positive feedback. A key theme running through all classes seems to be the element of competition, scoring points and playing as part of a team. From lessons that have been observed, it was clear to see that the children were having fun and found the activities engaging and exciting. All sessions were fast paced, moving the children on quickly to another skill or application of skills via a small team game or a selection of activities.  Next half term Y3 and Y5 will receive curriculum support sessions for Street Dance.

Lunchtime leaders has also proved successful this term, especially for the children in Y1, Y2 and Y3. After speaking with Miss Costin, the children have really enjoyed working with Conor or Ryan to learn new skills and games. The main finding seems to be that the children now have a short focus activity that keeps them engaged for a short period of time. Another finding, is that the children are applying the taught skills back in their PE lessons. After the Christmas break, a small group of Y5 and Y6 children have been selected to be Unsworth Lunchtime Leaders.   The children will lead and direct the younger children for short activities based on what they have played with QFirst Sports so far.  Keep posted for more about this after the holidays!

The extra curricular sessions seem to be the greatest success with all children who were interviewed giving positive feedback. The children in Y2, Y3, Y4 and Y5 shared that they really look forward to their new clubs and that they enjoy playing games where they can compete with one another. They also expressed that they like to take part in the clubs as they are different sporting activities that they may have never taken part in before. A key theme of the enjoyment of playing outside, wearing coloured bibs to represent your own team and the fact that you get to do a variety of activities came across from most of the children too.  Next half term there will be opportunities for YR and Y1 to take part in a Street Dance club, sounds exciting!

If you would like to find out how we are spending our Government funded sports grant, click on the curriculum tab, PE and scroll down the page for the link.

In addition to the opportunities created by QFirst Sports, we have had other exciting sporting clubs or events happening in school. From October to December the netball team have been working hard to developing key skills needed to take part in a match such as footwork, passing techniques and finding a space. The children are an absolute credit to the school and have now formed an official netball team.  They finished the term by becoming familiar with each position on the netball court, ready for our upcoming competitions in the Spring term. Additionally the football team have had a super first term back and even enjoyed taking part in a competition with other schools in Bury at Bury Grammar. After their fantastic teamwork and enthusiasm they finished second! The cross country team have also been building up their stamina at lunchtimes too with Mrs Ali and Mrs Channon.

Our sponsored scooter event in October was a huge success raising over £1,000 to enhance our PE curriculum. Keep posted next term to see how we will be spending this money.

The Spring term looks even more exciting as the children will have further opportunities to take part in other sporting events. Mrs Darby will be running a ping pong club for Y2 every Thursday, letters to go out the first week back. Some Y6 children have been selected to run our ‘Sports Crew’. The Sports Crew involves the children initiating and leading small activities for the younger children at lunchtimes. Y4 will start their swimming sessions and the after school club children will have further sporting opportunities including a kids fun circuit!

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Communication is key in Year 3!

Over the last half term, Y3 have been focusing on invasion games in PE. Every Tuesday afternoon, Connor from QFirst sports works with the children to practise different skills and techniques that are needed to play different invasion games. So far they have worked in teams to find a space, got to grips with becoming a defender and an attacker and have explored different throwing techniques.

Connor has also been helping the children to decide when and where in a game each throwing technique is appropriate. Today the children played a small group activity in which they had to ensure they were finding a space to keep the ball for their team. The children soon realised that communication was extremely important when working as part of a team.

Well done Y3! A very exciting and fun lesson today!

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Have you got what it takes to play basketball?

This morning the children were surprised with an unexpected basketball themed assembly! Danny, a coach from Philips High school in Whitefield, came in to meet with the children to share some information about the netball and basketball teams and clubs which take place each week on a Saturday morning.

Danny invited different children from each year group to the front of the hall to demonstrate different ball skills, including a few tricky basketball techniques! He also spotted a few basketball experts who already attend his weekly club!

Tonight, the children who were interested in the club, have taken home a leaflet with all the details. If your child is interested in joining any of the basketball or netball clubs, which range from age 5-11, please send in the leaflet signed no later than Tuesday 1st December.