We are thrilled, this year, to strengthen our sporting links with the University of Birmingham, providing new opportunities for our younger girls to play and enjoy football at school and on the University campus. The energetic weekly after school sessions are organised and led by players/coaches from the UOB Women’s football teams.
Members of our girls football team were recently invited to represent our school in a friendly match against Halas Hawks, a local girls football club, with the aim of strengthening links between our school and the club, and creating pathways for our to continue participation, enjoyment and development through football outside of school. The girls performed and represented our school fantastically! Well done everyone.
All after school clubs, including sports clubs, are now integral to our new Four Dwellings Primary Academy University programme. This aims to raise attainment across all areas of curriculum; develop a love of learning; create new aspirations for our children and increase in engagement in out of school learning. The response from children and parents has been very positive!
Already this term, we have run ‘Active Academy’, girls & boys football (KS1 & 2), Quick sticks hockey, basketball and Mini-Olympians (KS1) after school clubs, with more exciting clubs being organised for the Spring and Summer Terms. Watch out for information on the newsletters and other letters sent home! Get involved and get inspired!
Our Reception children continue to have lots of fun in their ‘moving to learn and learning to move’ PE programme. This term, the children have been experimenting with different ways of moving; learning to jump and land appropriately from different objects; and taking part in running and chasing games, adjusting their speed and direction to avoid being caught! We even played tennis!
Our children have recently been given the opportunity to attend football coaching session at Four Dwellings Academy, organised by The Albion Foundation, the charity of West Bromwich Albion Football Club. Originally organised as a transitional activity for our Year 6 children, such was the interest from our children in the club, the sessions were made available for all Key Stage 2 children. We look forward to the sessions continuing in 2018 and strengthening our links with Four Dwellings Academy and The Albion Foundation.
Our boys football team proudly wore their new Premier League Stars kit in a thrilling Harborne District Football League fixture against Woodhouse.
Pupils and staff from our school are celebrating after being awarded a Premier League Primary Stars kit pack.
This brilliant pack contains a full strip of 15 Premier League branded shirts, shorts and socks. There can be no doubt that football has the power to captivate many children, regardless of age, ability or gender, providing them with the inspiration and motivation to participate in competitive football in school, as well as engaging them in wider areas of their learning. England internationals Joleon Lescott and Daniel Sturridge both attended Four Dwellings Academy, our neighbouring high school – we may well have a future England player in our midst!
The Kit and Equipment Scheme forms part of the Premier League Primary Stars offer to primary schools in England and Wales. This is a curriculum-linked education programme that uses the appeal of the Premier League and its clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. Delivered by the Football Foundation, the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme gives teachers a range of equipment that can be used across different curriculum areas to get children active.
Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman of the Premier League and Football Foundation Trustee, said: “Congratulations to Four Dwellings Primary Academy on their successful application for a Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment pack. We hope this kit, coupled with the free downloadable online resources, will help teachers harness the popularity of football to inspire primary school kids in everything from Maths and English to teamwork and sport.”
Richard Steadman, PE Co-ordinator at Four Dwellings Primary Academy, said: “We are thrilled and thankful to be awarded a gift of kit by the Premier League for our pupils. It will not only create and widen new football opportunities to more pupils, it will also engage, motivate and inspire pupils to attain in other curriculum areas, through the power of football and sport.”