Sheffield United will be working with us all year round through the Primary stars programme. This will include them teaching quality lessons within every year group throughout school. Teachers will be a part of this to gain vital CPD in teaching Physical Education. The coaches have also started working with a group of Y6 children to improve their reading using football as the driving factor. This has been very successful so far as it has got the pupils engaged right from the start. Finally as part of this programme SUFC will be running an after school club every Monday aimed at some of our targeted groups to increase participation and confidence throughout school.
We are very lucky to have a street dance coach in every Wednesday for the Y5 children in curriculum time. This has been very popular with our Y5s and they have been showcasing this around school at break and lunchtimes. Y6 have also had the opportunity to take part in this at lunchtimes if they wanted. This has been attended by at least 10 children a time with children creating and performing routines with the dance coach.
‘The Mini Mermaid scheme, for girls aged 7 to 11, launched in four Sheffield schools at the start of February. Its unique programme combines physical activity with mindfulness exercises to increase self-esteem and well-being during girls' formative years.
As more research shows correlations among girls reticence to partake in physical activity, the role of lack of self-esteem, and the social, mental and physical negative long term effects, Mini Mermaids offers a timely, relevant preventative programme to counter those trends.
Key elements of the programme include two characters, who represent girls' 'inner cheerleader' and their 'inner critic'. Girls learn to identify and acknowledge both voices, while developing strategies to following their positive voice.’
We decided to take part in this through our partnership with LINKS who have a qualified mini-mermaid tutor. This intervention has had a really positive start with girls taking part from both sporting and a non-sporting backgrounds. We are really excited to see the girl’s confidence and self-esteem increase.