PL Stars Given Fantastic Review at Jump Primary

Reds in the Community’s staff have received rave reviews for the delivery of the Premier League Primary Stars at Jump Primary School.

Premier League Primary Stars is a programme which uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop life skills.

Available for children aged 5-11 in all local primary schools, it connects learning to the real world of sport, helping teachers to enthuse pupils when tackling challenging PSHE topics such as resilience, diversity, self-esteem and fair play.

Stars has been delivered at Jump since January and will continue until the end of the current school term in April.

Included in this delivery is maths, English, PSHE and PE lessons for pupils in year one and two.

Last week, we visited children from year two to observe a PSHE lesson covering topics including beliefs, values, role models and the importance of being respectful.

Reflecting on the morning’s lesson, teacher Mrs Abu said that the different learning style incorporated by RitC staff helps the development of the children.

She said: “It’s been great. We’re always short on a bit of PSHE. What they’ve learned this morning are skills which they can transfer into their home lives, life with friends and everything. It’s massively important, very helpful and very useful. There’s definitely some nice ideas – being physical and up standing on each side of the class. We say ‘hands-on is minds-on.’ It’s not heavily dependent on literacy skills and that’s where some of them may fall down or not be able to keep up.”

Senior Community Coach James Cooke has been delivering the Stars programme throughout the term so far.

Mrs Abu, who has witnessed the vast majority of James’ lessons first-hand, was full of praise for both James and the Premier League-funded initiative.

“They love James and they really respect James,” she added. “It’s an area they love – sport and PE. He organises it so well, doesn’t accept any nonsense and they get things done. They’re always active, they’re rarely sitting out watching others. Even two of our special needs children join in, it’s accessible to them. When they come in on Wednesday’s, they always check that they’re having his lesson in the afternoon and then they’re happy.

“I would say for any school that the aim is to get someone like James in. His classroom sessions have been amazing as well – they’ve all been engaged and enthusiastic. It’s an area they like, yet they’ve been learning skills that are not only to do with sport – they’ve learnt a lot about honesty, respect and various other things.”

If your school would be interested in finding out more about the Premier League Primary Stars programme, contact [email protected] or ring 01226 211333.