Inclusion and Opportunities For All

We continue to strive to offer as many inclusive opportunities to our children that develop the leading of an active and healthy lifestyle whilst contributing to good mental well-being.  As well as our House competitions and Schoolgames entries, we regularly take part in sportsability competitions and Panathlons where the focus is on sporting disciplines that anyone can access, regardless of physical or hidden disabilities.  We have played a leading role in developing the Shropshire Schools Half Marathon Challenge, where over 115 children took part in the inaugural event in 2018.  We followed this up with similar numbers in 2019 as the event grew to over 1500 children taking part.  Last year, we also worked closely with the Shropshire Shufflers running club on their 12ks of Christmas charity initiative, where over 110 of our children completed 12 kilometres in the month of December around our brand new running track, raising over £600 for the Lingen Davies Cancer Trust as well as receiving their very festive medal!
 
We fully believe here at Oakmeadow that the benefits of being active through physical activity and sport contribute to healthy and happy individuals which can only benefit us in our overall learning.  Offering further opportunities to our children is always at the forefront of our minds.
Inclusion links with Severndale Specialist Academy:
 
Since 2017-18, we have made an extremely successful link with Severndale Specialist Academy, where their children visit us on a weekly basis to take part in PE lessons.  Children from our school have also had the opportunity to visit their fantastic facilities.  We have found this to be a mutually beneficial link-up, as our children get to make new friendships whilst assisting Severndale children in their learning, and Severndale get to experience larger lessons in a mainstream setting.
 
I want to say thank you so much for the amazing opportunities and experiences you have provided for M3 during the past two terms.

Yesterday afternoon when we joined you for the final session I watched my students confidently and happily enter the sports pitch, calling out hello to their friends, running up to them and greeting them which was equally reciprocated, they then asked Miss Turner  if they could be with their friends in their teams.

Through the inclusive sessions our children have learnt the importance of  being part of a team and experienced the joy of working together to achieve success.

They have learnt how important rules are to ensure fairness and safety when playing sporting games, to share and to respect one another.

I have observed the Owls show tolerance and understanding of the needs of my pupils and more recently they have begun to learn that M3 students have to play by the rules and that there must not be any exceptions to these rules. That they can challenge M3 students when playing sports and that if student who is 'out' doesn't want to be out they still have to be!

I hope that we will get to work together again in the future, the whole experience for myself, Becky and the young people of M3 has been incredible and something that will hopefully stay with us for the rest of our lives.

(Sarah Russell, M3 Teacher, Severndale Specialist Academy)

Leadership opportunities for our children:
 
Every year we run a Sports Leader programme for children in Upper Key Stage 2, where the aim is for them to independently lead playground activities at break and lunchtimes for our younger children to increase physical activity opportunities.  We use the Jumping Jaxx scheme, and this year, 2019-20, we shall also be extending this to incorporate the 'Pent-Active' programme.
 
Our sports leaders work with our Schoolgame School Sports Organising Committee (SSCO) to also take a leading role in the organisation and officiating of our House competitions as well as sporting events such as sports days in the summer term.  Both set-ups offer great opportunities for our children to develop their strategic planning skills as well as develop qualities such as confidence in leadership that are needed for later life.