At Reedswood, we want all children to succeed and enjoy sport whilst focusing on achieving their personal best.
The school offers both intra and inter school sport and all achievements are celebrated. We want all of our pupils to be equipped to face new challenges in a positive manner and succeed through sport.
After-academy clubs cover a variety of sports, which follow the Walsall competitions calendar. For those children unable to attend these clubs we also offer a range of lunchtime sporting activities.
2016-17 has been a successful year for Reedswood, culminating in the academy once again achieving a School Games Gold award.
This year we were able to compete in a variety of inter-school sports, including:
- Sports hall athletics
We also fielded B teams in seven of these sports, as well as C teams in football, netball and rounders. This meant that there were over 200 places available for children to represent the academy.
Sports Day was once again a great success with all children taking part in between 6 and 9 events.
Our final day of Sport Week saw children competing for their class in a range of sports including football, rounders, hockey and dodgeball.
We were very pleased with all of our achievements, especially winning our football league and then reaching the semi-finals of the cup competition. We also won competitions in both rounders and netball.
Throughout last year:
- 71% of our pupils were engaged in extracurricular sport.
- 21% of Key Stage 2 pupils regularly took part in leadership activities.
- We also increased the percentage of previously non-active pupils engaged in regular extra sporting activity.
To complement our work within the curriculum we have now extended our extra-curricular provision. Each day, the academy runs a healthy breakfast club, where children take part in a range of physical activities followed by a choice of healthy breakfasts.
Another notable achievement this year was our work with previously non-active pupils. This was recognised when the academy represented Walsall at the Black Country Games in the Change4Life category.
Super Wiggles programme
As part of our plan to engage previously non-active pupils, the academy became a base school for the Walsall Council Super Wiggles programme, a family lifestyle programme delivered by Healthy Walsall.
The clubs keep children busy with messy play, singing, dancing and other games.
As part of the Super Wiggles programme, children also have the chance to try out a wide range of healthy foods.
Swimming lessons within curriculum PE are offered for all year groups across Key Stage 1 and 2.
Swimming takes place in the school’s own training pool for pupils up to Year 3.
For pupils in Years 4 -6, the school has an excellent relationship with West Walsall E-Act academy and we are able to use their full size swimming pool.
Thanks to swimming lessons forming part of the PE curriculum, the majority of our pupils leave Key Stage 2 able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
76% of children leaving in 2017 were able to swim at least 25 metres. Most pupils used front crawl as their preferred stroke, although many were able to swim using back stroke too.