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Getting Active at Bure Park Primary   Getting Active at Bure Park Primary  

Like many schools across the partnership Bure Park Primary School are working hard to develop new and exciting opportunities for children to be more physically active every day.

All children are taking part in the ‘daily mile’, which is having a positive impact on concentration back in the classroom as well as helping to improve the children’s stamina and fitness.

Year 5/6s also compete in a daily skipping challenge, trying to beat their Personal Bests, whilst Dance Captains lead outside breaktime ‘Boogie Bursts’.  Year 6 Playground Leaders do their bit by leading daily lunchtime activities for their younger peers and the ‘Bure Park Active Gang’ eagerly take responsibility for exploring, promoting and developing even more ways of being active!

Bure Park has also decided to reduce ‘sitting’ time in lessons, with the School Council introducing lesson ‘movement breaks’ across the school and creating posters to promote physical activity and reduced sedentary behaviour.  They have even observed each class undertaking an active movement break to monitor its impact and to ensure sustainability.

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  Skip to get Fit Skip to get Fit  

Bure Park are not the only school to use skipping as a means to increase daily physical activity.  Many schools have hosted a Skip2bfit workshop and have consequently seen a huge rise in the number of children skipping for fun before school, at breaktimes and during lunchtimes.

Skipping features heavily at Brookside Primary School with Lunchtime Supervisors overseeing both short rope and jump rope activity during informal play. Change4Life Club members have adopted the activity as one of their key actions and skipping has also been introduced as an ‘active break’ in some classrooms with children and teachers following challenges on YouTube.

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Go Yoga at Glory Farm   Go Yoga at Glory Farm  

Not all activity needs to be physical in order to be good for you, as children from Glory Farm Primary School have discovered.

Glory Farm has recently introduced a lunch time yoga club for children in Y3/4 designed to help improve their flexibility, core strength and well-being. PE coordinator Laura Kiff said ‘The youngsters enjoy the opportunity to learn yoga moves, put them in to practice when joining in with an adventure from ‘Cosmic Kids’ and then love listening to calming music, taking 5 minutes to relax their bodies and minds before going back to class’.

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  Getting Physical at Festivals Getting Physical at Festivals  

Earlier this week over 70 children and staff from Edward Field, Southwold, Chesterton, Bure Park, Fringford, Five Acres and Brookside primary schools ‘got active’ at our latest Change 4 Life festival (south).

The children enjoyed trying new activities, such as badminton (with balloons and shuttlecocks!), Boccia and Tic Tac Toe and showed real passion and determination when challenged to climb the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, as a team.

It was wonderful to see the children and their teachers having fun and being active together , to see rosy cheeks and smiling faces and to hear comments such as “best day ever!” and “I loved playing with my friends” and staff commenting on what a “wonderful way” to start the week.

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Competing for Wellbeing   Competing for Wellbeing  

Children across the partnership are heavily engaged in School Games competitions pushing themselves to their limits in order to achieve success for their schools. 

It’s not just the ‘sportiest’ children who are getting the opportunity to compete however with many events targeted at children who wouldn’t otherwise experience the physical, social and emotional thrill that sport can offer.

In the Warriner partnership for example, Sports Leaders have been working overtime recently offering all Year 5/6 pupils the opportunity to compete in a variety of Sportshall Athletics activities.

They have successfully organized and officiated two training sessions prior to the three weeks of festivals. These festivals have included B Team competitions, A Team competitions and an Inclusion Event.

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  Learning through Activity Learning through Activity  

The evidence is strong that healthy active children are effective learners and that children learn more in an active classroom environment.

Last week NOSSP delivered a KS1 Active Classroom workshop looking at practical approaches to teaching English and Maths.  Class teachers and subject leads explored a range of strategies and resources for teaching the curriculum through movement and exercise.

We are offering a similar workshop for KS2 practitioners on Wednesday 14th March 2018, and places can be booked at

Keep moving during Half Term   Keep moving during Half Term  

Cherwell District Council are once again offering their holiday hub activities at The Cooper School, Bicester and North Oxfordshire Academy, Banbury during the February half term break next week.

With a wide variety of activities on offer, from Arts & Crafts and Dance to Fencing and Trampolining, it’s the perfect opportunity for young people aged 5 to 15 to try something new, stay active during the holidays and make new friends!

To book a place, or find out more, please click here.

For young people looking to get their teeth into something long term, the Andy Taylor Junior Golf Academy ‘Tots to Tour’ gets underway on Saturday 14th April, running for 11 consecutive weeks at Kirtlington Golf Club. Covering everything from skill development to socialisation, the sessions are perfect for any 4 to 16 year old interested in playing or developing their golf skills and knowledge.

To book a place, or find out more, please click here.

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  10-01-2019 NOSSP Team Meeting 08:30 - 10:30
  16-01-2019 The Cooer Family Cluster Meeting 15:30 - 17:00
  16-01-2019 Secondary Heads of PE Meeting 15:00 - 16:30
  17-01-2019 Warriner Family Meeting 09:30 - 11:00
  17-01-2019 Wykham Park Family Meeting 15:30 - 16:30
  17-01-2019 BGN Family Meeting 15:00 - 16:30
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