Why do we offer what we offer? (Our intent)
At St Mary’s, we seek to offer a wide range of clubs – usually 20+ over the year – with the aim of:
increasing opportunity for children to attend a breadth of sporting, creative and academic activities to:
broaden their experiences and try new activities
take up active lifestyles
engage & socialize with other children and adults and learn to cooperate & compete
learn and achieve skills not offered elsewhere in our curriculum
- gain knowledge and develop healthy attitudes towards participation
enabling children of lower income families (disadvantaged/ PPG) to access these opportunities as a priority
How do we teach it? (Our implementation)
Our wide-ranging clubs for Key Stage 1 and 2 are delivered by school staff – teachers and support staff, our sports coach and external providers, every day of the week, usually after school from 3.15-4.15 in the 2 halls, sometimes before, sometimes at lunchtime. They take place outside in the school grounds, playground, ball court and pitch, the library and in classrooms. Club sizes vary, depending on the age of the children, the supervising adults, the available space or the nature of the activity. There is no cost for many clubs as some are freely provided by staff or subsidized through school budgets. Several sports clubs are charged for; however prices are reduced at 50% for children eligible for Pupil Premium Grant (PPG).
What is the difference that this makes? (Our impact)
Every child has the chance to enjoy activities not on offer in the taught curriculum, building upon our sport, cultural, arts and music curriculum. Children experience less familiar sports and are physically active, explore creative skills, work together with children in other classes and year groups, share and develop social skills and techniques and sometimes take these into their home-lives and leisure time. We encourage all children to share their clubs and activities outside school with us back in school, such as martial arts, ice-hockey, Polish school, cricket, badminton, dance etc.