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2018/19

Welcome to a new year of sport at Lawrence!  We had another record breaking year last year adding lots of new and exciting sports and activities to our already extensive portfolio. Our children took part in several competitions and their behaviour, attitude and sportsmanship was superb at all times.  In fact, we actually received an invite into a Wirral volleyball competition because the Chairman of the Merseyside Volleyball League attended a competition in which we were participating, and was so impressed by our sportsmanship throughout the tournament that he asked us over as a ‘wild card’ entry (our ‘A’ team eventually won the competition).

 

Our teams enjoyed varying degrees of success over the year: our dancers excelled again in their Festival of Dance and dance competitions. Our athletes performed admirably at both the District and City Championships and our New Age Kurlers and Boccia stars excelled throughout the year, culminating in their attendance at the Merseyside School Games.  This celebration of sport brings successful teams from all over Merseyside for the finals of their sport.  Our New Age Kurlers and Boccia teams won Bronze and Silver medals in a fantastic end to the sports year. 

 

Our association with the Liverpool Water Sports Centre allowed our children to take part in activities that they may not have had the opportunity to experience before, and I think that all of the children who took part in these activities will have benefitted from their time there. 

 

The varied sports and activities the children took part in last year are listed below, with those at the Water Sports Centre shown in blue:

 

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Aqua Park Activities
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Water Polo
  • Cricket
  • Table Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Handball
  • UV Handball (Handball played in a darkened sports hall with the teams wearing fluorescent bibs)
  • Hockey
  • New Age Kurling
  • Gymnastics
  • Dodgeball
  • UV Dodgeball (Dodgeball played in a darkened sports hall with the teams wearing fluorescent bibs)
  • Boccia
  • Tri Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Netball
  • Dance
  • Mat Ball and UV Mat Ball (as above)
  • Kin Ball (a new sport which originated in Canada: see pictures below)
  • The Daily Mile

 

Our intention is to provide as many high quality sport and sport based activities for our children as we can.  We will continue to work with our partner organisations to deliver coaching at the highest level possible.  Liverpool Lacrosse, Wavertree CC, LFC Foundation, Mersey Mavericks Basketball, LSSP (Liverpool School Sports Partnership), Think Dance and the team from the Liverpool Water Sports Centre will all be involved in helping us deliver a first class sport offer for our children.  In the near future we aim to bring in other activities for our children to enjoy, such as orienteering and pony riding so that everyone at Lawrence can enjoy PE / Sport.

 

Have a fantastic year and remember to take part in as much sport as possible to keep yourself fit and healthy in mind and in body.

Swim Safe at the Liverpool Water Sports Centre

23 of our year 5 & 6 children took part in this event at the Liverpool Water Sports Centre.

Life savers from the Merseyside RNLI and ASA swimming coaches from The Wavertree Aquatic Centre instructed our children on how to stay safe in the event that they were to fall into open water: a most valuable life skill!  The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we would like to thank everyone who made it possible. 😁

Kin Ball has arrived at Lawrence! This game originated in Canada and our friends from LSSP organised a demonstration day run by the JMU Kin Ball club just before we broke up for the summer term. We then took part in a competition and we liked it so much we decided to purchase the equipment to play the game in school. We are looking forward to taking part in this year’s  competition 😁 Omnicon!

New Playground Markings

Over the summer our playground got a bit of a facelift when the Daily Mile track and other markings were laid. Hopefully, these playground markings will allow our children to have more fun when they play; it has certainly made the Daily Mile more enjoyable!

2017/18

Welcome to our sports pages for 2017/18.  Last year we enjoyed a tremendous year entering lots of competitions and having lots of fun.  Special mention must go to our wonderful dance troupe; our year 5/6 cricketers (see below) and our SEND New Age Kurling team who all had success at city level in their respective competitions.

We try to have something for everyone at Lawrence and we are always looking to add new sports and activities so that our children can find something that might suit them and help to keep them fit and healthy.  

One of our year 5 classes has started to do a daily mile run 🏃( http://thedailymile.co.uk/) The children have loved this addition to their daily exercise routine and they have commented how much more energy they have in class at the start of the day.

In the last academic year we provided after school clubs in many of the activities listed below and our coaching provision, both in school hours and in after school events was second to none due to our connections with local sports clubs and organisations: Liverpool School Sports Partnership (LSSP), Liverpool FC, Sefton Park CC, Old Xaverians CC, Liverpool Lacrosse Club, Mersey Mavericks Basketball Club and Think Dance Studio.  We also have our own dedicated sports coach, Brandon Goudie, who brings us expertise in all aspects of PE and sport.  Our commitment to working with these fantastic clubs and organisations continues this year.

Listed below are the sports and PE activities that we provided at our school last year:  

 

  • Football
  • Swimming
  • Water Polo
  • Cricket
  • Table Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • New Age Kurling
  • Gymnastics
  • Dodgeball
  • Boccia
  • Tri Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Netball
  • Dance

This coming year, aided by the increase in Sport Premium money, we intend to add other sports and recreational activities to our sports portfolio at Lawrence. Please feel free to ask if there is anything you would like us to add to our offer.  In the meantime, keep active, keep healthy, keep playing sport.

Don’t forget to follow our sporting exploits on Twitter  😄 🏃  @LawrencePrimary

 

2017 - 2018

 

28th June 2018 - Liverpool Watersports Centre

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Liverpool Watersports Centre

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6W enjoyed a fantastic morning of canoeing at the Liverpool Water Sports Centre. Their aquatic fun was captured by our roving drone cameraman who filmed at the centre itself and then from a vantage point in the 'Royal Albert Dock'! Thank you AMc :)
All of our Year 5 and 6 children will have had the opportunity to get on the water and some of them will be graduating on to kayaks and sailing boats. What an experience!
What a fantastic afternoon we had at Liverpool Watersports Centre. Thank you to Jon, Andrea, Clive, Brendon and all the team for helping our children experience rafted canoeing at their amazing centre.  We paddled up to the Albert Dock and it was brilliant to see our historic dock buildings from the vantage point in our canoes. We’ll be taking some children back to try yachting and kayaking over the next few weeks so watch this space! 😁🚤🛶⛵️
A brilliant morning of athletics with the fantastic coaches at the LFC Foundation in Anfield Sports Centre.  The year 3 children had lots of fun taking part in some brilliant track and field events.

Children from year 3 and 4 had a fantastic morning of Boccia at Anfield Sports Centre.

The children will be hoping, like us all, that their hard work will result in them doing as well as our year 5 and 6 children this year who are representing Lawrence in the School Games in July.

International Dance Day - Nursery

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Gaynor, our wonderful dance guru, came to help us celebrate International Dance Day. 

All classes, from the nursery to year 6, had the opportunity to take part in an international dance.

In the video above our nursery children can be seen ‘strutting their stuff’!  

If this video doesn’t make you smile then nothing will! 😄

LFC Foundation Sports and Teamwork Day 12th April 2018

We were invited to a morning of sports and teamwork activities by the LFC Foundation, with whom we have close links.  The children took parts in lots of fun activities including some games where they had to wear blindfolds and ear defenders to simulate being visually impaired or somebody with a hearing disability.  The children had a fantastic morning and the team from the LFC Foundation were brilliant!  Thanks guys smiley

KS2 Dance Competition - March 2018

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Our Stepping Stars Dance troupe had a fantastic time at the LSSP KS2 dance competition and although they didn't win any prizes on this occasion they had a great time performing their circus based dance.  Special thanks to our dance teacher, Gaynor, who has worked really hard to get our children to this standard.

KS1 Dance Competition - March 2018

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Our fantastic KS1 dancers did incredibly well at the LSSP dance competition which was held at North Liverpool Academy.

Although they have only being dancing together as a group for a few weeks they did incredibly well.

Well done children and thank you to Mrs Adamson who has worked hard to get them to this fantastic level. We’ll definitely be back next year!

 

Year 3/4 UV Dodgeball

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Following on from our year 5/6 UV Dodgeballers our year 3/4 children also took part in their age group’s competition.  The children thoroughly enjoyed playing this highly competitive and enjoyable game. For some of them it was their first chance to play against other schools and to say they were excited is an understatement!  Well done. 

Year 5/6 Dodgeball in the Dark!

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Wow! What a fantastic idea, UV Dodgeball. The children had a fantastic time playing one of their favourite sports, Dodgeball but this time it was Dodgeball with a twist! It was played in the dark 😁

LSSP Basketball: January 2018

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A hard fought competition at St Margaret’s Academy to herald the opening of the Lawrence sporting calendar for 2018. 

Lawrence CP: Liverpool City SEND Boccia Champions 2017

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Lawrence CP -  SEND Boccia City Champions 2017 🏆

WOW!  Well done to our fantastic SEND Boccia team who performed magnificently to win the 2017 City Championship  trophy 🏆 today. They will go on to represent the city in the School Games, held in 2018. 

Mersey Mavericks’ Mavs of the Week 😁

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More top class coaching from, John and more very worthy Mavs of the Week.  Great teamwork, sportsmanship and excellent basketball. 

LFC in the Community Handball Competition

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Well done to our Handball Stars who finished 2nd in the competition. Handball is a really dynamic, fast moving, Olympic sport that our children have really taken to. Another sport to add to our ever increasing list of healthy activities at our school.

New Age Boccia

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Our New Age Boccia Stars performed magnificently and finished as runners up in the competition.  Well done children on reaching another City Final. 

Year 3 / 4 Matball @ Anfield Sports Centre

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We are always looking for new sports for our children to take part in so it was great to hear how much they enjoyed the latest competition that we took part in, matball. 

What a fantastic addition to our games portfolio. 

The Daily Mile @ Lawrence

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What a fantastic day to start our ‘Daily Mile’.  Well done, 3B 😁

Sports Hall Athletics

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Our first athletics event of the season in November!

Our children took part in a variety of indoor track and field events at SFX College, Woolton.

Our athletes did really well, finishing 3rd on the day, and they all had a fantastic time competing against other schools. 

Well done, Lawrence 😁🏃‍♀️🏃🏿‍♂️

Netball @ The LFC Foundation Tournament

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Well done to our year 5/6 girls who took part in the LFC Foundation Netball competition held at Anfield sports centre. The girls had a tremendous time.

For most of them it was their first experience of competitive sport and they did really well. 🤾🏿‍♀️

Badminton City Championship October 2017

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Our fantastic badminton team achieved 4th place in the City Championships held at St Margaret’s, Aigburth.  This was an amazing achievement as our players have only been playing for a short time. Special thanks to, Mr.  Goudie for all the hard work he put in to get our team to this standard.

Badminton at SFX

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A fantastic afternoon at SFX. Our A and B badminton teams did really well with our A team just missing out on the top three on the day.  They did qualify for the City Championships on 31st October, fingers crossed for some silverware 😄

New Age Kurlers Runners Up In The City Championships 😁

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A fantastic performance from our New Age Kurlers, Runners Up in the City Championships held at Notre Dame. This talented bunch now go through to the Merseyside Games, held in summer, 2018 😁👍🏻

Mersey Mavericks and Lawrence CP: a winning partnership 😁🏀

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Lawrence has made partnerships with some great local clubs over the years (see above) and It’s fantastic to have Mersey Mavericks as our basketball 🏀 partner. Our children receive fantastic coaching from John, an ex England and European League basketball star! Nil Satis Nisi Optimum for the children of Lawrence 😁🏀

LFC Premier League Values Assembly

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A big thank you to the guys from the LFC foundation team who came to Lawrence and delivered a fantastic Assembly based on ‘Premier League Values’.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and were delighted to meet the foundation’s mascot, Mighty Red!

New Age Kurling (SEND) District Championship

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What a fantastic start to our new sports year at Lawrence. Our amazing New Age Kurlers were runners up in the District Championship held at ESLA. They now go through to the City Championship. Fingers crossed!

2016 - 2017

Cheerleaders @ Archbishop Blanch

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Cricket: Summer 2017

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A fantastic season of cricket!  Well done to everyone who took part. We have made tremendous progress in all aspects of the game (batting, bowling & fielding). It was particularly pleasing when teachers from other schools complimented our teams on their excellent behaviour; team spirit and sportsmanship! 😀🏏
Lawrence Stepping Stars celebrating their 1st place in the determination category at the LSSP dance competition at ESLA. A fantastic achievement! 😀🏆
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The Physical Education Curriculum at Lawrence aims to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, in a safe and supportive environment. Activities are experienced within a broad physical education curriculum, which aim to promote a broad base of movement knowledge, skills and understanding. The children are encouraged to appreciate the importance of a healthy body and begin to understand factors that affect health and fitness now and in later life.

 

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PE and School Sport Funding

The government is determined to secure a significant and lasting legacy from the very successful 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games that were held in London. In order to achieve this and improve the provision of PE and sport in primary schools, additional funding of £150 million per annum has been made available for the academic years since 2013/14. In our school this amounts to £9700 for the year 2016/17.

 

At Lawrence Community Primary school we believe that sport is very important as it contributes to the health and well-being of our children. Sporting excellence and participation, alongside strong cultural opportunities, go hand in hand with academic standards.

 

We have used the sport funding to purchase the gold membership of the Liverpool School Sports Partnership, which alongside our own school actions has enabled us to strengthen and improve our provision in the following ways:

 

  • To hire a specialist PE teacher/qualified sports coach to work alongside our teachers when teaching PE
  • To pay for professional development opportunities for teachers in PE and sport
  • To provide cover to release teachers for professional development in PE and sport
  • To attend sports competitions and increase pupils’ participation in school Games
  • To buy quality assured professional development modules/materials for PE and sport
  • To employ a full-time PE coach to work alongside our teachers to deliver quality PE lessons

 

PE Curriculum

A wide range of activities are delivered in school which aim to engage and inspire all children. We are also committed to ensure that all children receive at least two hours per week of high quality well-planned PE.

 

Over the year each child will participate in games, athletics and gymnastic lessons. Years five and six take part in swimming lessons. These lessons are essential as being able to swim may save a child’s life. Moreover, it is on the National Curriculum and every child should be able to swim a minimum of 25 metres before they leave primary school. We provide ‘booster’ classes for those children who have not been able to meet the minimum level and it is our aim that all children who leave year six can swim the 25 metre minimum.

 

We also provide, high quality, residential opportunities for children. These residential trips give the children tremendous opportunities to engage in outdoor activities such as abseiling, orienteering and climbing activities to name just a few! We are continually looking for other opportunities so that we can offer our children first class sporting events so that they can keep fit and healthy.

 

At Lawrence, our ethos is that sport and exercise contribute to a child’s well-being. We have Fit4life classes which are run in partnership with Liverpool Football Club’s community team. We also offer other opportunities in alternative sports such as dodge ball, handball, ‘New Age Kurling’ and Boccia (a Paralympic sport seen at the Rio games). These alternative sports offer children who do not like mainstream sports such as football, cricket, basketball, hockey and netball the chance to take part in sport. We are also providing quality opportunities in dance for children.  

 

                               Lawrence 'New Age Kurling' Area Champions 2016 

 

 

 

The Wider Curriculum

PE and sport has a high profile in our school and permeates many aspects of school life. We provide a creative curriculum and sport provides many opportunities to develop knowledge in other subject areas such as science, mathematics, English and geography.

 

 

As mentioned above, our residential visits give children the chance to take part in some fantastic outdoor activities. The children can immerse themselves in activities that they may not have had the opportunity to do before and this, we believe, will help to boost a child’s self-esteem and confidence.

 

In the summer term we also hold our annual Sports Day when we encourage participation of all children and organise competitive events in various disciplines. Each child will be part of a team (this year’s theme is based around the Rugby World Cup) and they will compete with each other in a friendly but competitive way.

 

Other agencies are used to enhance the variety of activities available and we take full advantage when these opportunities become available. For example, we have close links with Liverpool Football Club and they run training sessions in the school. We have also made links with one of our local cricket clubs, Sefton Park, and we have used their facilities to play Kwik Cricket. A recent link has also been made with Liverpool Harriers and some of our children have been asked to attend their training sessions.  We are also proud to have recently made links with Merseyside's latest basketball club, Mersey Mavericks.  The club, based at St Hilda's college, are now coaching our year five and year six children on a Wednesday afternoon.

 

Beyond the School Day

Our school is keen to provide a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for children throughout the year which are organised by our committed teaching staff and/or sports coaches. We try to cater for all our children’s needs and so ask the children which clubs they would like to see included during the year.

 

Competitions

Lawrence competes in many inter-school competitions including: football, cricket, basketball, swimming, water polo, table tennis, hockey, ‘New Age Curling’ and Dodgeball. We have had many successes in these competitions and they are celebrated by all at our school.

 

Conclusion

School experiences are pivotal to the children’s future perception of physical activity and we believe that children leave our school equipped to enjoy sport for all its health and social benefits. For those who relish the competitive element, they gain the skills, confidence and relevant experience to succeed at their chosen level and discipline

We are proud of all of our children but it is fantastic when one of our former pupils excels in their chosen sport.  Tony Bellew, attended Lawrence and he is currently Boxing's Cruiserweight Champion of the World.  Ross Barkley is also a former pupil and he currently plays for Everton Football Club and has represented England at international level.  Another former pupil who has also used his talents to great effect is Brandon Goudie.  Brandon recently qualified in PE and sport at Liverpool John Moores University.  His course required him to gain practical experience at a school so he did this at Lawrence.  When he qualified he was offered a full time role supporting and delivering PE and sport in our school.  

 

 

Tony Bellew, pictured with year 5 & 6 children on his recent visit to Lawrence.

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