Bicester school wows county-wide schools conference
Posted: Mon, 26 Nov 2018 14:23
Better attendance, better Key Stage Two results and a more supportive set of children are direct results on a physical activity focus, an award-winning Bicester primary school told the 2018 Active Schools conference, organised by Active Oxfordshire, last week.
Bure Park Primary School took to the stage to tell an audience of more than 100 primary school teachers about how they won the Primary School of the Year award from the Youth Sport Trust.
Headteacher Yvonne Hewson told the audience that the school raised its focus on physical activity by allocating budget, time and focus to activity across all staff.
"Every teacher, whether they work one day or five, runs a club at Bure Park," she said. "We give sports co-ordinators the support to implement their ideas, listening to them while letting them lead."
"With 17 active clubs from football to cross-country and beyond, Bure Park is committed to ensuring all children are active", Mrs Hewson told the audience.
"The results are incredible," she added. "By focusing on physical activity to engage children goes right through everything they do. Attendance is up, Key Stage 2 results are better, children are more supportive of each other."
The school has introduced activities such as a skipping challenge, classroom aerobics and "Boogie Burst" playtimes, and appointed children as Sports Captains and Playground Leaders to help all children get involved.
"Focusing on physical activity has many benefits. It has helped the health and self-esteem of all children, whether they are good at PE or not.
"It helps us create more rounded children, improves mental health and well being and, by introducing "brain breaks" we've improved how children learn and helped them become more attentive in class," added Mrs Hewson.
To see what health expert Donna Husband had to say about the state of play of Oxfordshire's health at the Active Schools Conference 2018, click here.