Sport Premium Grant
The government is providing £150 million per annum to improve PE and sport in primary schools. This funding is jointly provided by the Departments of Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport and will take the form of an annual lump sum to school.
The national funding has resulted in an increased, regular and focused level of physical activity in PE sessions and cross curricular work in school.
Children look forward to and enjoy sport and PE during the day and after school. This has led to an increased uptake of after school and lunchtime clubs. We have been able to target pupil premium children and enhance the experience of children with complex special needs.
There has been a sustained development of teamwork and leadership skills in all age groups. This overlaps with and complements other subject areas including our Forest School status. Children use the resilience and perseverance skills learned in Forest school in PE and the team player and team leader skills learned in PE when they participate in Forest School learning.
Children are given the opportunity to bring their sporting and physical achievements to a special assembly where they are celebrated and other children learn a little about an activity they may like to try for themselves. This is then displayed on the achievements tree for all to read and discuss.
Learning and teaching.
Funding has enabled us to maintain regular CPD through the Arches and teachers work alongside our coach in school every week. Observations of lessons are regularly carried out by the PE co-ordinator and teachers report feeling supported with lesson plans and new ideas and up to date practice. This serves as continuous professional development alongside CPD at Forge Valley School (Arches led courses) Teachers have benefitted from the input of specialist coaches for gymnastics and dance provided by the Arches partnership as these were areas we prioritised at the beginning of our package.
Our coach has helped greatly in school by auditing equipment and advising on updating and purchasing suitable replacements. Safety checks and age appropriate substitutions have been made in the course of the year.
Areas for development
- Ensure competitive elements are offered within school through curriculum, clubs and active break.
- Link with local schools to access competitions targeting the majority of Y1/Y2 pupils.
- Continued investment in equipment / resources to benefit the pupils.
- Extend the active provision to the whole school.