Our children now receive specialist teaching in Music and Physical Education from Mr Wharfedale (Music) and Mr Jones, Mr Armstrong, Mrs Parry and Mrs Coates (PE). We are really seeing the impact of this specialist provision, not only in school time, but also in the success of our extracurricular opportunities.
This week, in addition to the opportunities in the normal school day, over 120 children from our school took part in extracurricular activities, taking advantage of the new opportunities to enrich their learning, build on their skills and talents, find new interests, make new friends and just have fun!
- We are extremely proud to be able to offer all of our pupils access to our onsite swimming pool throughout the year. We are making it our mission for all pupils to be water confident and able swimmers by the time they leave Braeburn Primary Academy. This has started very positively with Years 5 and 6 swimming during the school week and over 40 pupils benefitting from extra-curricular swimming lessons after school.
- Gymnastics has got off to a flying start. Mrs Coates is currently working with Year 1 and 2, providing high quality gymnastics sessions after school on Monday through to Thursday.
- Football club has got off to a brilliant start on a Monday in years 5 and 6. Pupils have been turning up in numbers, giving 100%, but one of the most noticeable things Mr Jones and Mr Armstrong have seen, is the attitude and sportsmanship of all involved. Pupils are showing a willingness to be team players and encourage each other on the field. There are also some very talented players on show; watch this space Scarborough FC!
- Alongside the football club, Mr Armstrong has been taking football teams to a number of fixtures and tournaments. We have fielded a girls football team, a 5/6 football team and have even been giving up Saturday mornings to represent school. What dedication from pupils and staff!
- The Rugby World Cup is our theme this half-term and we have been developing skills linked to this in PE lessons. To go alongside this theme, Mr Armstrong has been delivering a Tag-rugby club on a Wednesday after school with Years 3 and 4. The club has proved very popular and Mr Armstrong has some tournaments pencilled in the near future to go and compete against other schools.
- Our Year 3 and 4 pupils have benefitted from having a local golf expert come in and deliver extra sessions to them on a Friday. Pupils have loved this opportunity and what a great alternative to the more traditional sports usually offered in PE lessons.
The PE team are thrilled with the start made to this academic year and cannot wait to see more opportunities develop for pupils over this school year. The attitudes shown by pupils has made the additional clubs and fixtures a pleasure. Keep up the good work!
- The school now has two new choirs! The KS1 choir numbers 15 and will be performing in assembly very soon and to a wider audience not long after. The enthusiasm and sheer fun the children are having by singing well known and new songs in amazing!
- The KS2 choir is larger in number, just under 30, but no less talented! Staff and visitors alike have commented on the passion and the vigour with which our children sing! Engagement and focus are excellent, and the results are great to listen to. As with the KS1 choir, this older choir will begin with assembly presentations, leading more open performances as our repertoire builds.
- As well as singing, the playing of instruments has also been offered as an extracurricular activity, with 18 children now learning either the trumpet, clarinet, saxophone or trombone. Children are taught in two groups of 9, with specialist tuition coming from Ralph Adler who has been a teacher with the North Yorkshire County Music Service since 1989 and is currently the Scarborough Music Centre Manager. Learning a musical instrument takes patience, perseverance and practice! These groups grown in confidence every week and will be displaying their talents very soon.
More opportunities will be created for our children to engage an increasing range of extra-curricular clubs and activities as the academic year progresses. If you have an idea for a club, something you have an interest in and think others might have too, please do let us know!