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Academic Year 2020-21

National Daily Mile for Children’s Mental Health

On Friday 30th April, the whole school were united in their contribution to running a mile to raise awareness of children’s mental health. Nationally, hundreds of schools joined virtually to run a mile, emphasising unity and the benefits of exercise to improve mental health and wellbeing. Many of the children were timed, achieving within six minutes, which is an amazing achievement to run a mile at this pace. We hope they keep this up and improve on their personal bests! Below are some pictures and what children had to say about their run:

Years 1 and 2 (with some of KS2 cheering on from a distance!):

Milly – ‘I was worried about running but after I felt really good.’
Oliver V – ‘At first I didn’t want to do but then when I got going I really liked it. It was pretty hard.’
Harvey – ‘At first I wasn’t sure but when I started to speed up I really wanted to do it.’
Lilly – ‘I thought I would walk all the but I managed to run all the way.’
Gia – ‘I really thought I couldn’t do but I did really enjoy it.’
Chloe- ‘I had loads of fun!’
Celia- ‘It was nice to have the older children cheering us on.’
Elliot- ‘I liked that everyone took part in it.’

Years 3 and 4

Bailey - ‘I think it was fun because we got to compete with a different class.’
Sophia – ‘I want to do it again. It was fun and it made my heart beat fast.’
Ruby – ‘I think it is a good way to get exercise and be a good start to a healthy life.’

Years 5 and 6

Florence – ‘Physical exercise is great for your mental health because it feels so good once you’ve finished. It makes you feel like you’ve accomplished and achieved something; it also helps you forget about your troubles.’
Kodee – ‘Participating in sport can help you a lot mentally (when running, playing football, tennis etc). It will take your mind off it and when you achieve, it feels amazing!’
Jack – ‘I think it was a great experience for our class, as it helps us get quicker, healthier, better at sports and helps with your mental health.’
Maddie – ‘Running a mile helps you clear your mind and lets you run at your own pace – it’s you against yourself! I am really proud of my time; you can awlays achieve if you try your best!’
Maddison – ‘Running the mile was amazing – it was the first time I had ever completed it. It doesn’t matter if you have asthma, you can still do your best and achieve.’
Phoebe – ‘Running the mile for me is not a hobby, but I did really like it. It was my first time completing it in a good time and I am proud of myself.’



Throughout this uncertain time, I’m sure your children have still enjoyed participating and competing in various sports and small games, as well as learning within their two hours of PE per week. There is now a huge focus on PE and Sport in all schools, not just to encourage healthy active lifestyles, but also to develop the children’s social and emotional enjoyment, which has been shown to link to success within other areas of the curriculum.

This year, again, primary schools have received funding called Sport Premium, which is ring-fenced and can only be used to specifically develop Physical Education (PE), sport and physical activity in school. After an evaluation, schools have then been awarded a Bronze, Silver or Gold award or nothing at all within the Sainsbury’s School Games Quality Mark. A Platinum award was introduced this year also. 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. 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 again this year.

Primrose Lane is very proud that we achieved the Gold for the Sainsburys School Games Quality Mark in 2018-19 and it that is being extended to 2019-20 (despite the disruption of Covid-19), maintaining our award from the last four years now, which is a fantastic achievement! We would like to congratulate all staff and children for their efforts and cooperation within PE and Sport and hope it continues to progress further. Congratulations have also been received from Julie Smyth from Wetherby High School, as well as Partnership Development Manager Shaun Mulhern.

If you have any questions or suggestions of ways of further developing the PE and Sport here at Primrose Lane, please come and see Mr Jackson (PE and Sport Coordinator).
Commando Fitness in PE!

Years 4, 5 and 6 have been treated to a 'Commando Fitness' session with Mr Simpson in PE, focusing on discipline, stamina, coordination and team work. As you can see from the photos, the activities ranged from relays (including star jumps, commando crawl, burpees, press ups, sit ups, squats and many more!), working as a team to carry a stretcher and tug of war! The children loved their experience and have asked to do it again this half term, which we will definitely take advantage of!

Virtual After School Sport Club Opportunity!
Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Youth Sport Trust

As you will have seen from the email sent out, the Youth Sport Trust will deliver a free virtual after school club as part of a national response to the second lockdown. The 30-minute club will take place at 5pm each weekday on YouTube Live and be led by a different member of the YST’s Athlete Mentor network. Starting on Thursday 12th November with world number one female inline skater and 10-time British Champion Jenna Downing. Aimed mainly at primary-aged children, a different theme has been assigned for each day of the club - Adventure Monday, Tuesday Play, Wild Wednesday, Thinking Thursday and Fun Friday. Follow us using #YSTAfterSchool and click below for more information.

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/AfterSchoolSportClub

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