PE and Sports Premium funding
At the Bridge School we use our PE and Sports Premium funding to provide exciting learning opportunities that our pupils might otherwise not have access to.
Throughout 2017 we hired a company called Yoga Bugs to deliver bespoke yoga lessons to a number of our classes. These sessions were led by a professional instructor who adapted the time-honoured exercises and poses of yoga in order to create engaging and stimulating sessions that focused on pupils’ ability to follow instructions and position their bodies. With input from the Bridge, the instructors created specialist resources, such as symbols, which allowed our pupils to participate in the direction of the sessions, telling us which poses were their favourites and which they wanted to have another go at. These weekly sessions helped to develop pupils’ gross motor skills, special awareness and concentration skills.
Partnering with a local riding school, pupils from across the Bridge were able to access horse riding lessons. Supported by trained professionals, as well as their class staff, pupils rode the horses and learned how to issue instructions to their animals, such as stop, go and faster! The pupils love their time with the horses, and for many who are nervous around animals, these sessions provide an invaluable opportunity to overcome their anxieties and build up their confidence. The riding also helps to improve pupil gross motor skills, physical coordination, and their core strength, as they learn to sit up in the saddle and use the reigns to direct the animals.
We also use our PE funding to access sailing lessons. These exciting sessions give pupils of the Bridge access to an activity that they otherwise may never experience! Under the close supervision of trained instructors, pupils learn confidence and responsibility skills, as they take to the water whilst following the important safety regulations.
We have hired a sports activity company, Inspire Suffolk, to lead PE sessions for four classes on the Primary campus. These professional PE instructors devise and lead extremely active sessions that are designed to get the pupils moving, while developing their key skills. Sessions have thus far focused on running through obstacle courses, leaping over hurdles and across gaps, throwing items with accuracy and using tools such as rackets and hockey sticks to manoeuvre balls.
Liaising with class teachers, Inspire Suffolk adapt their plans and individual pupil learning targets each week to create highly differentiated learning opportunities for the children.