As part of our commitment to developing our PE and Sporting provision we are actively involved in the ‘Your School Games’ initiative.
Your School Games is part of the Olympic Legacy that allows schools to both track and participate in sporting activity, leadership and competition.
School Games Silver Award 2016/2017
We are delighted to announce that we, Longwood Primary Academy have achieved the Silver School Games Mark Award for the 2016/17 academic year.
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
Our sporting achievements this year include regular sporting fixtures against other schools in football, dodgeball, rounders, cricket, netball and athletics as well as representing West Ham at the Premier League Primary Schools National Final.
With a total of 109 young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.
As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.
There are three levels of competition that schools can participate in, these being Level 1 (Intra-School Competition), Level 2 (Inter-School Competition) and Level 3 (Higher Level Inter-School Competition).
At Longwood we have taken part in a huge number of intra-school competitions this year. Within lessons, pupils will have experienced Level 1 competitions in activities including; Football, Tag Rugby, Hockey, Athletics, Longball, Rounders, Dodgeball, Multiskills, Netball, Basketball and Netball to name a few!
We have also had pupils participating in Level 1 Competition at our Sports Relief Celebrations which we Multiskills and Athletics based and of course, we have our School Games Day (or Sports Day) booked in for the July 1st.
Our Level 2 Competitions have included participating against some of the other Primary Schools within the Harlow Area. These competitions have included the NET Academies Triangular Series against Latton Green and Abbotsweld and involved pupils in KS2 participating in Football, Tag Rugby and Rugby Netball Fixtures. We also participated in the Harlow Sports Partnership Tag Rugby Festival and saw some fantastic performances by our pupils.
As well as some addition Level 1 competitions, we still have some Level 2 events in both Rounders and Athletics to come before the end of the year!
Your School Games also aims to get pupils leading some of our sporting activities to help them develop some additional skills that will help them outside of the PE environment. At Longwood we have almost 20 pupils from Year 5-6 taking part in Leadership as part of our Active Play activities during lunchtimes as well as at some of our extra-curricular clubs. During Active play, pupils experience a numbers of roles and challenges including organising equipment for their area, leading the activities on offer and refereeing competitions.
As part of the Your School Games programme we also track pupil participation in sporting activity throughout the year and have been hoping to a minimum of 20% of the school population participating in extra-curricular sport (that’s sports outside of the 2 hours of PE pupils receive each week). Through offering a number of clubs including Basketball, Dodgeball, Football, Rounders, Tag Rugby and Netball (to name a few!) we have achieved this figure and are hoping to increase it further next year.