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17/02/24

Please join us for an online session with our Hertfordshire Apple Regional Training Centre on Tuesday 27 February 2024, 4:00pm-4:30pm.This Teams session ‘Using OneNote in Education’ is aimed at educators. Please click below to book your free place: https://t.co/jyUvAY0dat pic.twitter.com/TffnsXJyfo

16/02/24

Please join us for an online session with our Hertfordshire Apple Regional Training Centre on Tuesday 27 February 2024, 4:00pm-4:30pm.This Teams session ‘Using OneNote in Education’ is aimed at educators. Please click below to book your free place: https://t.co/jyUvAY0dat pic.twitter.com/TffnsXJyfo

15/02/24

Year 5 St Andrews have been working collaboratively with their peers to edit and improve their writing ✍️ pic.twitter.com/Piy3BqcnJB

15/02/24

Reception have been celebrating Chinese New Year 🧧 they thoroughly enjoyed their visit from a parent in class. They even made their own decorations 🇨🇳🐉🐲 pic.twitter.com/rsl0vDKkRT

13/02/24

Reception were getting in the pancake day mood today, practising their flipping of ‘pancakes’ 🥞🤩 pic.twitter.com/zoqBqkJmLA

09/02/24

Today we completed Children’s Mental Health week with a dance party on the playground! What a great end to the week! 💃🕺 pic.twitter.com/FcmE4ZqER7

08/02/24

We have had wonderful week marking Children’s Mental Health week, filled with play dough discos, running club, Blooket games, yoga, games and lots of opportunities to talk! 🤩🏃💬🗣️ pic.twitter.com/gu1uJxnbZT

08/02/24

Oxford Class have been thoroughly enjoying their class texts. After Goodnight Mr Tom, they read The Final Year and now after it being a main feature in the previous text, are moving on to read Skellig. Such enjoyment in books is lovely to see. pic.twitter.com/Lx26kUAoAa

08/02/24

Year 5 Imperial enjoyed some voice and script work with Miss Randall in drama. Some fantastic Chicago accents and audience participation. Well done Year 5. pic.twitter.com/NctmitQGiD

07/02/24

A great running session for KS2 at lunchtime on the field. Everyone did their best to challenge themselves and enjoy the fresh air. Some great running on display and even better cheering each other on. pic.twitter.com/wCT3TcE35c

02/02/24

Reception had a great afternoon making fruit kebabs 🍎🍌🍉🍓🫐🥭 pic.twitter.com/Yns5IjNkzn

02/02/24

In Primary we all wore an item of bright colour today to show how we are all different and amazing. What a great end to our diversity and LGBT week 🏳️‍🌈 pic.twitter.com/zXDUhHlewT

30/01/24

Today, our Year 6s played in the EFL Utilita cup at Watford training dome. The squad cruised to the final undefeated with 6 wins and a draw, however unfortunately, an extra-time 1-0 loss saw us finish runners up. All the students should be incredibly proud! pic.twitter.com/TFyvarE0Wx

30/01/24

Today, our Year 6s played in the EFL Utilita cup at Watford training dome. The squad cruised to the final undefeated with 6 wins and a draw, however unfortunately, an extra-time 1-0 loss saw us finish runners up. All the students should be incredibly proud! pic.twitter.com/TFyvarE0Wx

30/01/24

Year 4 Warwick Class have been exploring how to use a compass to draw circles and calculating their radius and diameter. ⭕️🧮✍️ pic.twitter.com/O75AIrRDI0

26/01/24

We are thrilled to share that we have become a Voice 21 Oracy Centre of Excellence.This is recognition from the national oracy charity, Voice 21, of the last three years of oracy provision we have provided throughout the whole school. pic.twitter.com/ptDDfEOC7G

26/01/24

Year 1 Orange have made some amazing pen pots, have a looks at some of their amazing creations 🦋🍍🦜🐞 pic.twitter.com/dJzu0eRhs3

26/01/24

We are thrilled to share that we have become a Voice 21 Oracy Centre of Excellence.This is recognition from the national oracy charity, Voice 21, of the last three years of oracy provision we have provided throughout the whole school. pic.twitter.com/ptDDfEOC7G

26/01/24

A lovely assembly with Chris and Alex from St Luke’s Church this morning talking about dreams and goals. Lots to think about and new learning about some key figures who have impacted the world of science, maths and civil rights. pic.twitter.com/t70ELoZ0aF

23/01/24

Year 3 have loved exploring ‘pixil art’ in their computing lessons this week! pic.twitter.com/LJet6dGFNa

19/01/24

Frozen Trip. Updated arrival time 10:40pm

19/01/24

The Frozen trip are safely on their way home. ETA at the moment is 10:30pm. Any changes we will update.

18/01/24

Year 5 St Andrews had a great science lesson in the lab today looking at water temperature 🧪👩‍🔬🧫🔬 pic.twitter.com/JJuzTqGcHu

15/01/24

Year 5 had an incredible evening at 🎶🎵 pic.twitter.com/KpjEroOYXP

15/01/24

Year 5 have found their seats and have begun rehearsals for this evenings performance pic.twitter.com/9oOtu4N8MY

Sports Premium

The Department for Education is doubling the funding that primary schools receive to improve the quality of their PE and sport provision from £160 million to £320 million a year. The PE and Sport Premium is part of a series of programmes led by the department to improve healthy lifestyles among pupils and tackle childhood obesity.

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
  • the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole - school improvement
  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
  • increased participation in competitive sport

How much PE and sport premium funding has Samuel Ryder Academy received for this financial year?

Please refer to the document here.

Schools are to determine their own spending, looking to improve the quality and breadth of PE / sport, looking to increase participation, encourage healthy lifestyles and improve the quality of provision.

The outline of our aims is detailed below:

  1. Ensuring high quality teaching for all, through the use of our specialist PE teachers
  2. Increase the number and variety of sports clubs available to students. Students enrolled in the Primary phase are entitled to free, before- school activity clubs each day, 2 specialist PE lessons and specialist swimming lessons.

How has the funding been used to enhance the quality of PE and sport at Samuel Ryder academy?

Samuel Ryder Academy offers a unique opportunity for students in our Primary phase to receive high quality teaching from specialist PE teachers, from the PE department. Every child receives 2 PE lessons per week and one swimming lesson, delivered by our PE staff. This is a unique opportunity that is enabled through the use of the sports premium funding. In addition to these curriculum lessons, the Primary students have access to a wide range of extra-curricular clubs each morning which are again provided by our specialist PE staff. These clubs include; football, tag rugby, netball, gymnastics, dance, swimming, cricket, athletics and rounders. The aim is to use this funding to provide opportunities and develop talent to create a sporting legacy at the school.

During their PE lessons our students are able to participate in a range of activities including: football, tag rugby, gymnastics, dance, games, athletics, swimming, jungle gym fitness. Due to the unique set up of the school these lessons take place in our state of the art facilities that include a purpose build sports hall, swimming pool and gymnasium containing specialist gym equipment.

The primary students at Samuel Ryder Academy also have benefitted from the government's funding, through entry to various competitions including; football matches with local primary schools, regular swimming galas and a district mini triathlon hosted at Samuel Ryder Academy. Students have also benefitted from our Sports Leaders programme, where students from our secondary have organised and delivered various house competitions throughout the year, including athletics and football.

What has the impact been so far on participation and attainment?

Student participation in extra-curricular clubs has remained high this year, with at least 80% of KS1 and KS2 students attending extra-curricular clubs. Student progress and attainment has also increased, as a result of the provision put in place due to the additional funding available. By the end of Year 3, at least 90% of students in our primary were able to swim competently without the use of flotation aids. Some students have already exceeded KS2 expectations in activities such as swimming, athletics, gymnastics and dance due to the specialist teaching they have received from PE staff. We also have established our primary sports teams, in football, netball, rounders and athletics, ensuring that they have had opportunities to compete against local schools, on a regular basis as well as district competitions.

Professional Development:

Some of the funding has also been used for the professional development of our teachers, to ensure that all staff have the best training in order to deliver high quality provision to our students. So far funding has been used to run:

  • Lifesaving training for our staff, through Royal Lifesaving Society.
  • Coaching for staff and TA’s in teaching swimming.
  • Ongoing CPD for TA’s and primary teachers, in delivering PE and sport in a variety of activities.

PE Staff:

Specialist PE teachers are used to deliver weekly PE lessons and daily clubs to all year groups, including additional swimming lessons each week, from Reception upwards. Our staff offer a wide range of expertise, across a variety of activities meaning all students receive the best quality provision during PE lessons and clubs.

We also have  a Primary PE co-ordinator in place to co-ordinate PE and sports provision across the primary phase. They work closely with the Academy’s Head of PE, to plan a full and varied curriculum and provide a range of extra-curricular activities, before and after school.

Resources:

We have also been able to support our teaching and clubs at Samuel Ryder Academy, through the purchasing of new equipment. This includes: specialist swimming equipment and resources, floats, swimming aids and rescue equipment. We have purchased new tag rugby equipment, footballs and netballs, a Year 3 football kit, 7-a-side goals and created a football pitch, exclusively for primary use.

The future:

As our Primary phase continues to grow over the next few years, we will be eligible for more funding, which we intend to use to continue to improve PE and sport provision at Samuel Ryder Academy. Our aim is to continue to offer our unique experience to the students at our school, giving them more opportunities to participate in competitions, extra-curricular clubs and specialist high quality coaching and teaching. We also intend to extend our Sports Leaders programme and establish a junior sports leaders programme, to develop our primary leaders of tomorrow so they can help run additional clubs within the primary phase.

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