Sports Council

Spring - 19th January 2024

Children brought suggestions from the class suggestion boxes.

Fun run on the running track - Someone has suggested that we organise a fun run day where all children in school work together to cover a set distance.  Council agreed this would be a lovely idea to help children push themselves to get fitter and have fun while doing it.  Raised the possibility that this could be sponsored to raise money.

More active in PE lessons - A child from Year 6 wrote a suggestion in the box that we should be more active during PE lessons.  I asked what units of work they were covering at the moment (dance and orienteering).  We talked about how both these units of work require very physical activities and as all PE lessons in school do.

Football club before school - As suggestion was made to organise a football club before school as some children are unable to attend after school due to other commitments.  We talked about how lucky we are at Sherwood that we have lots of members of staff that run different clubs and that sometimes, it is not possible to have clubs every day before and after school.  We discussed the process of picking children to represent Sherwood at sporting events and that ALL children are given the chance to be part of a team.  I ensured children that if there isn’t a Year ¾ club, that we will hold trials during lunch times and teachers will be asked about performance in PE lessons. 

Break time Equipment - We discussed playtimes equipment after last meeting. Mrs Raw had audited the equipment and identified some pieces of equipment that needed replacing.  Children brought their ideas forward also.  Below were the children’s ideas.  Nerf balls and boomerangs – We discussed the implications of nerfs being thrown on busy breaktimes/dinnertimes.  Children agreed these would not be the best equipment.  Soft footballs  - I explained how we have to use leather style balls when outside as soft, foam balls would get ruined outside.  SR will be ordering new footballs for playtime for each class.  Scoopers and balls – Children mentioned that there aren’t enough scoopers and balls or some don’t fit each other.  SR to order a new set.  Football nets – children said the nets on both yards had broken as the ‘net’ material part is damaged.  We discussed how we don’t need to the net for the goals to be used.  NB added that if we have the net, animals could get trapped in them also.  We agreed that the plastic goal was enough but that KS1 could do with a new set.  Foam dice for snakes and ladders games – Council agreed this was a good ideas and SR will buy some for the yards.  


Autumn - 16th November 2023

Welcome to Sports Council - As a group, we introduced ourselves ands what we see sport as at Sherwood.  The children articulated their feelings towards sport and how we deliver it at Sherwood.  The children sad they were happy with the range of enrichment we offer and said they enjoy PE lessons.  They enjoy the fact they can work towards representing Sherwood in sporting events. 

Suggestion Boxes

Children brought suggestions from the class suggestion boxes.

Basketball - Children would like a basketball club to run as enrichment.  SR described the sports calendar to the children and how enrichment supports this and other areas of the curriculum.  SR discussed how we could try to include this into the enrichment calendar in the future.  SR discussed how the equipment needs to reflect the sport they are playing and how the basketballs need to be pumped up ready.  School council can do this job if needs be. 

Football at breaks - We discussed the football timetable for break times and the reasons behind this, health and safety/fairness etc.  Two classes stated they did not have a football for their break.  SR to buy new footballs for these classes.

Swimming pool - A child suggested a swimming pool added to our school grounds.  We discussed the financial implications for this.  The children agreed this would not be the best use of sports funds. 

Gymnastics - A suggestion was made for gymnastics to be taught during wet play times.  SR explained how the hall is used for lunches and that this would not be possible in the classrooms due to health and safety.  SR discussed how in the summer months, we could take sessions of gymnastics on the field.  

Break time equipment - A suggestion was made about new break time equipment.   SR to audit the equipment we have and order new if needed.  We discussed how equipment needs to be looked after and that sports council should use their position to be role models and also take care of the equipment boxes. 

Running Track

We discussed the use of the running track on the field.  Children described it as a ‘place to walk around and talk to your friends’. We discussed how the running track should be used to practise running in order to improve stamina and fitness which can then be applied to playing all different sports.  The children suggested that at lunchtimes when year groups have their turn on the running track that we have a ‘two lane’ system. 

Left – walking/jogging      Right – overtaking lane     School councillors to make posters to advertise this around school so all children know.


Summer Term 1 2023

The Sports Council met on Friday 27th April.  We discussed lots of ideas from the class suggestion boxes.

Extra-curricular clubs – Most clubs start next week.  There is a wide range of activities available, before and after school.

Playtime equipment – Year 6 monitors check the equipment boxes after Year 4 & 6 play.  It was suggested that Year 5 and Year 2 monitors could check the boxes after their playtimes to ensure they are tidy.  Infants are enjoying playing football using the new goals on the playground.  An audit will be conducted to check we have enough balls and skipping ropes.  

Lunchtime play - Children are enjoying playing sports at lunchtime.  Netball and tennis are popular on the Junior playground.  Some children asked if football could be played at lunchtime.  We spoke about there not being enough room for football when everyone is outside.  The children enjoy sessions with Mr Johns.  Some children have asked for cricket bats to be available.  We discussed that this would be unsafe on the playground.  We may look at this when we can use the field for playtimes.

Sports events - We discussed the positive results that Sherwood teams have achieved recently.  The Sports Council are looking forward to Sports Days and helping out.  Next half term, all of Year 3 will attend an afternoon sporting fixture where all children with have the opportunity to compete against other schools.

Fund raising for sports kits – Some Council members have recently written letters and approached local businesses about sponsorship.  A request has also been made on the weekly school newsletter.  All the Council members have started to investigate the kits available through The Premier League Stars Programme.

Thank you - The Sports Council wanted to say thank you for all sporting opportunities available at Sherwood.


Spring Term 2 2023

The Sports Council met on Friday 3rd March.  We discussed more ideas from the suggestion box.

Playtime equipment - The new equipment for playtime is very popular with the children.  The equipment boxes are sometimes untidy at the end of play.  Sports Council members can tidy during sessions and year 6 monitors will be reminded. 

After school cricket - A number of children asked about a cricket club.  This will be offered in the summer term.

Lunchtime play - Children are enjoying playing sports in set areas as it makes it safer and easier to play competitive games.  The council discussed whether more sports for different zones could be set up.  This will be discussed with the lunchtime staff.  Mr Johns does play a range of sports on different days with all year groups.   Juniors asked if they are able to use the running track at lunch.  Can the children devise new games for the zones that are safe and fun?

Sports events - We discussed that we enter all possible sporting events.  This year there have been a number of new events that have allowed more children to take part.  The children greatly enjoy these opportunities. 

Fund raising - The older members of the council have been challenged to raise money by approaching local businesses.  The money would be used to buy new sports kit for the sports teams. 

Thank you - The Sports Council wanted to say thank you for all the new playtime equipment. 


Spring Term 2023

The Sports Council met on Friday 13th January.  We discussed ideas from the suggestion box:

Playtime equipment – There were lots of suggestions about more equipment needed for playtime.   We went outside and the children conducted an audit of the current equipment.  It was found that we have lots of bats but very few balls.  Children suggested soft balls to help keep everyone safe. During the audit, members also suggested that more skipping ropes were needed.  An order for more equipment will be made.

PE lessons – Children asked about the sports we do in PE.  Who chooses?  We discussed that the curriculum map ensures there is a range of sports in each year group.  Together we looked at the PE curriculum map and everyone agreed there is a large and varied range of sports.

Tag Rugby Tags – It was suggested that more tags and belts are needed.  An audit will be conducted by council members.

Lunchtime sport – Children asked if there could be more sport at lunchtime.  Mr Johns has started to provide sport sessions for Years 3 – 6 this term.  The sessions are very popular.

Tennis Club – Before tennis sessions for Year 5/6 and 3/4 are available this term. 

More after school clubs – We spoke about the huge range of clubs we already have.  Members were excited that new ones have started and different ones will be available in the summer term.

Fund Raising – There were suggestions to raise money for charity and sports kit by having a sponsored sports event.  This will be discussed with Mrs Lumb. We discussed future plans regarding the sponsorship of new sporting kits by local businesses. Begin to investigate.

Sports Teams – Children are enjoying representing the school.  We discussed that at Sherwood we enter every sporting event possible during the year.  Also, we enter as many teams as possible to ensure that as many children as possible take part. 

PNE – It was suggested that children could go to watch a football match at Preston.  Mr Hudson said he will speak with the community office to see if discounted tickets were available. 

Thank you – The Sports Council wanted to say another thank you to all staff for all the sport that takes place at Sherwood.


Autumn Term 2022

Our Sports Council met on Friday 18th November, for the first time this academic year.  Our representatives introduced themselves and discussed the ideas from the suggestion boxes.  We discussed several ideas:

Fundraising - Ideas were discussed to raise money for new Sherwood team sports kit.   The group suggested that money could also be given to charity. Ideas such as a mini-marathon, a sports quiz and a whole school triathlon were discussed.

Team participation - All the boys who attend football training had the opportunity to play in a match and really enjoyed it.  The same for the girls would be popular. Mr Hudson to discuss with Mr Johns and plan matches in the spring term.

Playtime equipment - We discussed having more goals on the playground.  The group suggested using ones from the field at playtime.  New footballs for each class will be made available. 

New clubs - Sports Council members asked about tennis for Years 5 & 6.  Mr Hudson will speak with our current provider about availability for the spring term.

World Cup Football - Some of the council asked about watching the Football World Cup in school time.  Most games will be played out of school hours but the early stage games are available to watch on catch up television. 

Thank you - The Sports Council wanted to say thank you to all staff for the great range of activities and clubs on offer at school.






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