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Sports Premium Funding Statement
The Government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for the academic years 2013/14 and 2014/15 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. This may now be extended until 2018.
We are proud of the current PE curriculum provision at our school and of the wealth of extra-curricular opportunities that we provide for our pupils. Sporting Clubs include; Dance, Football, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Tag Rugby, Netball, Golf and Judo. We also run junior football 3 lunchtimes a week when the weather is good and the pitch is playable as well as offer indoor gymnastics during Monday afternoon rotation.
Intra-school competitions also feature in our school-sporting calendar including Football, Tag Rugby, Netball and Athletics as well as our yearly Sports Days. In addition to this we attend the Basingstoke Sparkling Rugby tournament, which is a gathering of many local schools. Our school sports teams have regular fixtures with other local primary schools.
Our aims and aspirations
When we discovered that we were entitled to the Sports Premium funding we quickly devised a method to analyse the current thinking towards P.E. and sport in school. Every child from Y1 up and members of staff were asked to fill in a questionnaire which had a range of questions aimed towards getting a true representation of peoples opinions.
The results showed very comprehensively that we do have a curriculum to be proud of and that the majority of people were very happy with how things were run at the Priory.
However, we did not wish to rest on our laurels and quickly identified where we could improve, based on the questionnaires.
The key areas we looked to address were:
· Overemphasis on ball sports
· Size of the hall and the safety issues surrounding it
· Unfair balance between junior and infant experiences
· How to improve and extend the adventure trail
We feel that although it has been a relatively short time since we received the money and considered the questionnaires, a lot has been done to try and improve sport and P.E.
- Overemphasis on ball sports- we used the funding to pay for the ‘Hoop Guy’ to deliver two full days of hooping to every child in the school. This was based to the success of the skipping workshop before it. We also ensured that years 3, 5 and 6 were given indoor gymnastics teaching during the junior rotation afternoon every Monday.
- Size of the hall and the safety issues surrounding it- we were already aware that unfortunately we have a small hall and that it has lots of equipment out that potentially could cause harm. We will be using the funding to pay for a new wooden outdoor shed that will be used to store all P.E. equipment in it. This means that the hall cupboard will therefore be empty and will be able to store the majority of the items that are currently out in the hall and therefore give us the maximum amount of room. We have also purchased brand new safety mats, which are used during gymnastics lessons.
- Unfair balance between junior and infant experiences- we have created a partnership with Liam James of TetraBrazil. He agreed to come into school and coach football. This has traditionally been aimed at KS2; however as part of the partnership we said that KS1 must be included which he has happy to do. As mentioned earlier, the ‘Hoop Guy’ was hired based on the fact that he could teach KS1. We have also arranged for Y2 to start swimming after Easter for 6 sessions. Y5 currently are the only year that goes swimming, however we thought it would be an amazing experience for Y2 and will hopefully build their confidence and create a lasting legacy. The after school Tag Rugby was offered entirely to infant children this year as the juniors receive coaching as part of their curriculum. This club has always been a junior club but we feel it was a great success and helped build lots of key skills. All of these schemes were paid for by the funding apart from the Tag Rugby coaching, which Mr. Connor does voluntarily.
- How to improve and extend the adventure trail- we are aiming to extend the adventure towards the tire park and beyond. Our vision is that it will be accessible for all children but will really push and challenge upper KS2. We hope that by buying the current pieces, we will be able to incorporate our gymnastics curriculum onto it to help maximize the resources out our disposal. We have had a few companies come to look at the space and they have kindly given us some drawings and ideas. However, we see this being one of our largest projects, which will leave a legacy for many years to come, but unfortunately it comes at quite a high cost! We are currently looking at ways we can budget for this as well as continue to use the funding for other sporting areas.
Below is a definitive list of how the funding that has been received has been spent or will be spent.
- Cost of the ‘Hoop Guy’ for two days
- Two new football kits for the school teams
- Liam James football coaching during curriculum (he now also runs an after school club as a result of the partnership)
- Brand new mats for the hall
- Five sessions of swimming for Y2
- Six sessions of swimming for Y5
- Brand new adventure trail equipment
- Brand new outdoor P.E. shed