The Government announced a renewed package of funding for physical education (PE) and school sport. Through a new ‘Sport Premium’ the Government is providing £150 million in each of the next two years to support the delivery of PE and sport in primary schools.
This funding will be ring fenced and allocated directly to primary schools across England, providing them with a dedicated resource to buy in invaluable expertise and support. Funding will be allocated through a lump sum for each school and a per-pupil top-up mechanism.
Over the year each child will participate in games, athletics and gymnastics lessons. Opportunities are also planned in for swimming in Y4 with additional opportunities for Y5 and Y6 pupils in the Summer Term. Our aim is that all children leave St Augustine’s at the end of Year 6 able to swim 25 metres.
At St Augustine’s we have previously used our £8000 of additional funding to enhance PE and Sport in the following specific ways:
- A Multi-use Games Area ( MUGA) was installed and funded, in part, by SP money. This has allowed for a far greater range of PE/Games activities both in terms of variety and additional use throughout the year thus raising standards and promoting additional involvement. It has also allowed for greater break time engagement by children in active play.
- Additional PE delivery by dedicated additional staff: KS1 gymnastics, Y3/4 specialist lessons, Y3/5 Specialist lessons looking at AgilityBalanceC
- Membership of West Norfolk School Sports Partnership (WNSPP):Co-ordinated events which increase access to competitive sport for pupils in KS1 & KS2 ie Indoor athletics, Tag Rugby, Quick Cricket and Kwik Sticks Hockey, Cross-country
- An increased range of coaching offered to pupils eg Cricket coaching,
- Additional resources ( Forms, Indoor Athletics, Rebound nets) to allow for greater variety and involvement for all pupils
The impact of the Sports Premium funding is evidenced in the following document:
Sport leading to healthier life-styles
A research student from UEA came into school to conduct research into healthy eating and the schools approach to it. She interviewed children from Year 3 and 4 as well as staff. Her initial findings were that the children knew quite a lot! Results will be sent through in the summer (2014).
Schools council - healthy snacks for KS2. Council review the policy and agree or amend each year. Each KS2 child gets a letter outlining what they can eat and why. This letter is signed by school council. Spring 2013 - School Council led an assembly on healthy snacks. Focus on KS1 packed lunches in September 2014. School council have read the health and safety policy.
Each class covers healthy eating as part of the curriculum. Year 4 cover healthy eating in their 'What's on the Menu?' topic and Year 5 cover all aspects of health and fitness in their 'Fit for Life' topic.
When Community Sports led a Year 5 lesson on healthy lifestyles, they introduced the children to their fit4it programme see website below:
Two children subsequently attended.
The Wider Curriculum
During the Y6 residential visit to Horstead children are given the opportunity to participate in many different activities which may include orienteering, canoeing and abseiling. In the Summer Term we also hold our annual Sports Day in which we encourage participation of all children and organise competitive races and in the Autumn Term all pupils take part in the annual FOSA Fun Run where they challenge themselves in terms of the distance they can run in a pre-set time. The children have the opportunity to use ‘Huff and Puff’ equipment at lunchtimes as well as a container of PE style equipment per KS2 class.
Beyond the School Day
At St Augustine’s we are keen to provide a range of extra – curricular clubs for children throughout the year. Children have been given the opportunity to try different sports, run by teaching staff, such as Badminton, Athletics, High 5 Netball and Football. Other agencies are used to enhance the variety of activities available ( Tennis Coaching, Football Coaching) and we take advantage when these opportunities become available. We also disseminate information about a wide variety of external providers of sports opportunities. Talented children are also signposted to local sports clubs ie CONAC to encourage them to develop their skills further.
We try to ensure that we cater for all our children’s needs and we regularly monitor participation and check uptake against gender and Free School Meals.
Year 6 Swimming Results 2018
Children achieving 25 metres = 84%
Children able to swim 25 metres in a range of strokes = 71%
Children able to perform safe self-rescue = 100%