P.E and Sports Premium
At Waterbeach Primary School we feel that Physical Education plays an important role in helping us to fulfill our vision statement of Learning, Laughter, and Friendship. We have worked hard to develop physical activity through curriculum time and extra-curricular activities and to create new P.E events. Our aim is to encourage all children, regardless of their age or ability, to lead physically active and healthy lifestyles.
What is the Sports Premium?
The government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013 – 16 to provide new and substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school Head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. Each school will receive £8,000 plus an extra £5 per pupil each year for the next two years – here at Waterbeach that will mean around £9460 a year. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools. We are free to choose how to spend this money.
How did we use this money in 2014 – 15? AMOUNT £9,460
The money received was used to raise the profile of PE across the school by rejuvenating the existing sports programme, buying new resources and storage alongside funding our participation in the South Cambridgeshire Schools Sports Partnership.
New clubs were introduced and events such cycling, cross country and athletics days were introduced to replace the traditional sports day. The money was used to train teachers, buy resources and develop the partnership with other schools. We have bought a large container to house PE equipment and are in the process of buying shelving and storage boxes to allow P.E equipment to be accessed at playtimes and lunchtimes.
The new PE subject leader was also given time to work on the subject on order to ensure that actions were focused on the children and developing their access to a wider variety of sports.
How are we using the Sports premium money in 2015 – 16? – AMOUNT £9,355
Once again we have signed up to the South Cambridgeshire Schools Sports Partnership for another year. This will allow our children to continue to take part in festivals at Cottenham Village College.
We are now into our third year of offering schemes such as ‘Bikeability’ to our KS1/2 children.
Balanceability sessions were organised for year 1 classes to improve childrens skills, balance and physical development, this was arranged under South Cambs School Sports Partnership.
We have employed a specialist coach to teach PE in school and run out of hour’s school clubs, which we have been able to offer free to children who are eligible for Pupil Premium funding.
We have also created two new whole school events the Golden Mile run for all children to access daily to improve physical fitness and mental stimulation, the Mud Runner Event which was launched in Oct 2015/6 for Years 2- 6.
Enhancing our PE and physical activity curriculum.
To make links with the Rio Olympics we arranged teaching sessions for Years 5-6 to be taught archery skills and techniques. The Year 1-Foundation stage were involved with athletic sports using authentic sports equipment such as the javelin, discus and shot put.
A wide range of PE is delivered to the pupils, which aims to engage and inspire all pupils.
Sports taught are wide and varied, both during the school day, and as extra-curricular clubs are organised at lunchtime such as Tag rugby, dance club and Multi sports for KS1
In Year 6 we deliver a Sports Leadership programme. The pupils use this to lead games and activities in the Key Stage 1 play ground during lunchtimes.
The school is keen to provide a wide range of extra-curricular clubs for pupils throughout the year. These include Dance, Spanish, Cambridge United club, rugby, ballet, triathlon, photography, choir, Tae Kwon Do, Boot camp, gymnastics, netball and running.
Exciting New P.E Sporting events.
We have recently introduced school wide Swimming Gala days in June /July where all children have been involved from Years 5/6 to Foundation Stage. All parents were invited to watch and in some events take part in swimming races with the children.
A new event called ‘Mud Runner’ replaced the existing annual sports day in September. Mud Runner involves a mixture of endurance cross country running, climbing over high equipment, crawling on water areas and under cargo nets. All parents were invited to the event to encourage their children to compete on the day. This event generated lots of positive feedback from all the parents, so due to this success there will be a new KS1/Foundation Mini Mud Runner event beginning September 2016.
In support of the Rugby World Cup we created our very own Waterbeach Cup Rugby Event in October 2015. All classes were given a country to represent and enter a class team to compete on the day.
P.E Community involvement
We have been able to enter intra school competitions in Football, Tag Rugby and Wimpole cross country events. We also have a hugely successful triathlon team who regularly enter events.
The golden mile initative introduced April 2016 has had the greatest impact upon the childrens physical fitness with the average child running 1-2 miles per day, this activity has had a direct effect on the childrens ability to join team sports because they are so much fitter than their peers.
Our children now have quality sports training and opportunities to try a number of less usual sporting activities including our Children’s University provision. After school clubs have increased in numbers and are all well attended.It is our hope that this will eventually lead to all children having access to extracurricular sports activities at some point in the school year.
Our subject leader has had opportunities to learn about the role and is continually developing the provision for the subject.
The school is well resourced and all resources are accessible for teaching and learning.