PE & SPORT PREMIUM
PE and school sport are a very important part of Priory school life. We believe that PE and school sport contribute to the spiritual, moral, social and communicative development of our children and through participation, our children build and learn more about our key values such as respect, co-operation and kindness for themselves and others.
We are delighted the Government will continue investment in the Primary PE & Sport Premium, as announced in December 2015. The provision of this additional ring-fenced funding, specifically to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport schools offer, demonstrates the importance placed on PE & school sport by Government.
The grant conditions and guidance emphasise the funding must be used to develop or add to the PE and sport activities that our school already offers and to ensure that improvements now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years.
Further information about the funding can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pe-and-sport-premium-for-primary-schools
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; Football, Swimming, Dodgeball, Rounders, Athletics, Multi-skills, Netball and Judo. Inter-school competitions also feature in our school sporting calendar including Football, Tag Rugby, Netball and Athletics as well as our yearly Sports Day. 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. During the summer term all classes participate in the 'Priory Mile' where children run or jog, at their own pace, with their classmates around the field for ten minutes, making them fitter, healthier, and more able to concentrate in the classroom.
All children in upper KS2 attend a six week swimming course in a local pool. The vast majority of pupils will by the end of the course will be able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, use a range of stroke efficiently and perform safe self-rescue.
The results of a questionnaire issued to children and staff were overwhelmingly positive but also identified the following areas for improvement which were addressed as follows:
· Overemphasis on ball sports - introduction of non- ball related sports and workshops
· Size of the hall and the safety issues surrounding it - following a successful Capital Bid the hall size was doubled
· Unfair balance between junior and infant experiences - greater awareness when booking enrichment activities
· How to improve and extend the adventure trail - replacement due November 2018
Through careful consideration, the sport funding 2018 –2019 (£) will be used to develop PE and school sport and to create a lasting legacy by replacing the old adventure trail condemned during the last equipment inspection. The design of the trail will be fun and challenging whilst increasing children's fitness levels, agility, strength, coordination and balance.