Moving Matters

End of January Edition

Friday 27th January 2023


Magic Murray

Andy Murray comes back from 2 sets down for record 11th time in Australian Open epic.

In the space of five hours and 45 minutes, Andy Murray fans went through every emotion with the legendary British Tennis player.

Murray found himself down 5-2 in the third set, with his opponent Thanasi Kokkinaki just two points away from a win in straight sets after an hour.

Having complained about the flatness of the ball and the long, gruelling conditions he was playing in, Murray dug deep and prevailed over the next four hours, leading to a record breaking 11th comeback from two sets down.

This was the longest match of his career, and sporting an artificial hip, Andy showed why his legend continues to grow in the sport of tennis.

His hard work, persistence and love for his sport are hugely respected by us all at Moving Matters, great values that so many young people can learn from.

Click the link below for game highlights showing Murray’s historic performance:

Andy Murray v Thanasi Kokkinakis: An Epic Comeback | Australian Open 2023

It’s A Bit Nippy Out!

One of our company values is to “Be Remarkable” which means that we aim to go the extra mile to achieve outstanding service. With the recent weather conditions affecting travel and outside play, many of our lessons this term have taken place inside.

At this time of year our curriculum map focuses on Dance and Gymnastics, indoor activities which are an important element of a broad and balanced PE curriculum. In addition our staff are adept at managing a range of activities in the generally small hall spaces they have access to.

No matter the weather, PE must always go ahead and we’ll always make the best of the space we have to work with.

We are however looking forward to warmer conditions and our preference is to get children outdoors for PE, to gain that invaluable vitamin D.

Even our Director Rob can be seen in the picture below carrying out a quality assurance check at one of our new member schools Soho Parish Primary in sub-zero degree weather. The Moving Matters beanie is a necessity at this time of year!!

Moving Matters PE Curriculum

Effective Use of Support Staff in PE Lessons

Support staff can be the key to success in delivering a high-quality PE lesson. Across our schools our team work with some brilliant TAs and their impact can’t be underestimated.

The video below showcases why we feel this is the case and the best strategies to maximise the support staff in your schools:

Main Points:

  • Explain their roles and responsibilities

  • Plan around their strengths

  • Use them to reinforce key points

  • Support differentiated learning

  • Be engaged and set a good example for learning

How to Teach Primary School PE- Effective use of Support Staff
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Year 5 & 6 Dodgeball @ Brixton Rec Centre

Thursday 19th January 2023

Last Thursday, we hosted a Dodgeball event which saw 18 schools compete in an amazing day of competition at Brixton Rec Centre. All schools battled it out over 4 courts, with the semi-finalists being Richard Atkins, Fenstanton, Elm Wood and Van Gogh.

Elm Wood beat Van Gogh 2-1 in a tightly contested match, in the first semi finals and Fenstanton beat Richard Atkins 2-0 in the other semi finals match, which continued their dominance having not lost a game until the finals.

The finals saw Elm Wood ultimately winning the tournament by giving Fenstanton their first loss in a 2-1 result.

Elm Wood’s Ciaran won our Player of the Tournament award for his heroic effort on the winning team.

Our Competitions Lead George wrote up a report about the Dodgeball Competition so be sure to click the link below for a more detailed recap of a fantastic afternoon.

Competitions Report

Upcoming Competition

Year 4 & 5 Swimming Gala @ Streatham Leisure Centre

Thursday February 9th

14 schools booked, 4 spaces remaining

To register your school for our competitions, click the button below:

Competitions Booking Form

What’s On Offer 2022-23…

It’s been an exciting start to the academic year, with new staff and new schools. We’ve also been successful in procuring new contracts with existing and new schools.

If anything we offer appeals, do get in touch, we’d love to increase the number of member schools we work with.

Bringing our mission statement to as many young children as possible has always been our ethos, and this year we will pursue this even further.

“We provide children with positive, active, learning experiences”

The button below is a link to our available services range for the 22/23 academic year, for your viewing pleasure. If you are interested in bringing any of these services to your school, feel free to get in contact with us:

Services Booklet 22/23

School Sports Clubs

We offer pre, lunch and after-school sports clubs as the benefits of extra-curricular activities for children (especially students) is a long list. Boosting social development by building character and confidence, providing an extra hour of active movement in the day, and helping them understand themselves better by developing key skills through sport are just a few to name.

Click the link below to enquire about our School Sports Clubs service:

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Quote of the Week

James Harden

2018 NBA MVP, 3x NBA Scoring Champion

“You put the work in and then that confidence builds up and you start to do things you really didn’t know you can do.” 


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