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Sport at Shadwell


PE and sports Grant Spending 14/15

Since September, we have been working hard to use the government’s funding for PE and sport in Primary schools. The whole school funding is required to cover a variety of physical activities through all classes. Here are some examples of what we have been doing.

Tag Rugby

An afterschool Tag Rugby club has been established for Years 5 & 6. This has been part of the school’s ambition to increase the number of competitive opportunities for pupils to participate in sport. This has been the next step emerging from the professional coaching all children received as part of their games P.E. lessons within the curriculum. As this team has become established within the school, we will now look to provide opportunities for competitive tournaments throughout the rest of the school year. As only a certain number of children from the training session can make the team, the next level of competitions is for these children to try to be selected for match squads.

A Tag Rugby club will also be established for Years 3 & 4, these children have already gone through the selection process for the afterschool club. We look forward for this club beginning in 2015.


In addition to developing  competitive sport and teams in readiness for interschool matches, some children have also received multi-skills training as they try to develop a variety of skills which will be applicable to many sports. These focus on each child’s ABC skills (Agility, Balance and Co-ordination) which are fundamental aspects of all P.E. lessons.

Football Club

Upper Key Stage 2 has just started a football club. This football team will be training every week and look to participate in local tournaments and fixtures against other schools. As this is a new sports club for the school, we are trying our best to be successful, both in the number of matches we play and how we perform in these matches. We anticipate it will be a lot of fun for those involved as the team looks to become established within the local area. Many other schools have mainly boys teams, and although this is the case, Shadwell are trying to give all children a chance to prove themselves; some Year 6 girls are part of the team, joining in with training sessions, building up their football skills, and filling in if we have any absent team members on match days. We hope these girls will become the core of a girl’s football team as we continue our search for opposition and tournaments. This team will be based on the philosophy of friendly competition and we expect everyone taking part to follow this.

Extra Curricular Activities

Shadwell Primary School runs a number of extra-curricular sports clubs which allow children to continue their enthusiasm. Here are the clubs on offer this half term:

  • Mondays – KS2 Karate club (3:30pm-4:30pm) 12th January – 9th February.
  • Tuesdays – Reception and KS1 Wake up Shake up (Doors open at 8:45am) Every week.
  • Tuesdays – Classes 5 & 6 Football Club (3:30pm – 4:45pm) Every Week beginning 13th January.
  • Wednesdays – Little Lions Rugby Club for Classes 1 & 2 (3:30pm – 4:30pm) 14th January – 11 February.
  • Wednesdays – Classes 3 & 4 Tag Rugby Club (3:00pm – 4:00pm) 7th January – 11th February.
  • Thursdays – KS2 Wake up Shake up (Doors open at 8:45am) Every Week.
  • Thursdays – KS2 Dodgeball Club (3:30pm – 4:30pm) 15th January – 12th February.
  • Fridays – Classes 1 & 2 Football Club (3:30pm – 4:30pm) 23rd January – 13th February.


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As part of the school’s initiative, the school have invested in providing specialist Dance artists to work in all of the KS1 and KS2 classes for one term during the course of the academic year. These dance lessons are taking place during curriculum time and are linked to each class’s current topic. Not only do these provide an opportunity for pupils to improve their dance skills through a range of tempos and contexts, but also allow teachers to work alongside professional artists to enhance their delivery.


In addition to Tag Rugby, we are now beginning to implement Basketball skills sessions within the school Curriculum P.E. lessons. Year 6 will begin their coaching lessons during the Spring 1 half term and all children will have the opportunity to be selected for a competitive after school club. Years 3 & 4 5 will then have the opportunity to compete during the Spring 2 and Summer half terms.

Children will experience the joys of making certain sports teams while others will have the disappointment of just missing out. It is important that all children realise that with competitive sport comes a wide range of emotions and that competing successfully means being able to manage these emotions, both when winning and losing. We look to develop every child’s resilience and persistence when taking part, as well as encouraging children to stay humble in victory.

Wake-up, Shake-up!

Wake up Shake up has proven extremely popular with most of the children in school. The KS2 children have even been seen rehearsing the dance routines on the playground at break times!  Now that Reception children are settled in school they have joined the Key Stage 1 group on a Tuesday morning before school!

New Equipment

Some of the new equipment that we have been able to purchase have been:

  • Bean bags in each house team’s colours.
  • Tennis balls in each house team’s colours.
  • Perforated balls in each house team’s colours.
  • Reaction balls to assist in developing agility.
  • Low bounce rainbow balls to develop throwing and catching.
  • Balance boards to assist in developing balance.
  • Agility ladders to develop co-ordination and agility.
  • Size 3 and size 4 footballs.
  • Size 3 and size 4 basketballs.
  • Size 4 and size 5 rugby balls.
  • Smaller tennis racquets to assist in developing co-ordination.
  • New hoola hoops of varying sizes.
  • Storage units and bags.
  • An electric ball pump to increase efficiency of P.E. lessons.
  • Throw down hands and feet to develop co-ordination and balance.
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We will be using the money in lots of useful ways! Some examples of these are:

  • Employing qualified coaches to work alongside our teachers
  • Buying into a school sports partnership
  • Providing more after competitive school sports clubs and activities
  • Participating in team competitions and cross school team activities
  • Providing High-Quality sports training for our staff
  • Enhancing sport and playground games at lunch and break-times
  • Establishing and strengthening links with local community sports clubs
  • Paying for transport to and from matches and between schools
  • Developing sports leaders and supporting emerging talent
  • Purchasing specialist equipment and teaching resources

What new activities might we see?

  • Multi skills in PE 
  • Basketball teams 
  • Multi-Cultural aspects of Dance 
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Focusing on Inspirational people and positive role models
  • Work surrounding disability in sport e.g. the paralympians

Our Government Funding for PE

Inspiration through action

The government is providing additional funding of £150 million per annum for academic years 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 to improve provision of physical education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding – provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport – has been allocated to Primary Schools.

This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools.

This financial year (to April 2014) Shadwell has been given £5739.46 and we will be receiving further funding from April – September 2014 which will take us up to a total of £8895 for this academic year.