At Ropley we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. We believe that an innovative, varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all our children. A mix of different sports and opportunities for ALL to participate and compete at different levels are at the heart of our planning.
Our Primary School Sport’s Funding will enable us to continue and extend our provision through employing additional sports professionals, entering into more competitive sports competitions and training our staff to deliver in-house quality PE sessions.
What is the Sports Premium?
The government is providing funding of £150 million per annum for each academic year 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 headteachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The money can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.
Purpose of the funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, the school sports funding (£8518) was used in a variety of ways. We used part of the money to buy into the partnership work led by Perins as part of the 7AS cluster. Through this, a sports specialist teacher from Perins taught a PE lesson in Class 5/6 once a week.
We employed two sports coaches for lacrosse and multi-skills/running who worked across the whole school and provided both curricular and extra-curricular support.
Class teachers and support staff were present in lessons, so that they could learn from the specialist teacher and improve their own subject knowledge and confidence.
Through the partnership with Perins we were also able to take part in sports events as a group, allowing more children to be involved in different sporting events. Last year, the children attended indoor and outdoor football, hockey, netball, lacrosse, tennis, golf, rugby, athletics, cricket and rounders events. We also took part in Area Sports.
For the current academic year, we have continued our partnership with Perins, and have used a large proportion of the funding (total for 2015-16 £8750) to finance the specialist sports teacher for Class 5/6 and the sports coaches across the rest of the school.
A number of events have been arranged for the current academic year as part of this commitment to further sporting activity and attainment. The sports funding allows us to help with transport to these events. Details are listed below:
- Year 3 - 6 girls indoor hockey (Autumn)
- Years 2-6 Rugby World Cup Day at Perins (Autumn)
- Year 2 dance festival (Autumn)
- Year 1 indoor football (Autumn)
- Year 5 and 6 basketball tournament (Autumn)
- Second Year 5 and 6 netball development day at Perins (Spring)
- Years 3, 5 and 6 rugby development (Spring)
- Year 5 and 6 netball and football rallies at Perins (Spring)
- Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 girls football festival (Summer)
- Year 4 athletics development day at Perins (Summer)
- Years 1 and 2 multi sports at Perins (Summer)
- Years 4, 5 and 6 cricket festival (Summer)
- Years 3 – 6 area sports (Summer)
- Years 5 and 6 rounders rally (Summer)
- Hampshire Cross Country Championships
- Regional lacrosse championships (Y4-6)
- Cricket matches for both girls and boys teams (Y4-6)
- Swimming competitions (Hampshire championships)
The observations from the P.E. lessons taught by the sports coaches/teacher show that children are making huge progress with stamina, strength and agility as a result of PE lessons, and the specialist teaching. As a result, the quality of the children’s other P.E. lessons has improved as staff have become more skilled and confident at teaching the subject.
A number of our children with physical difficulties have benefitted greatly from specialist programmes delivered both as individuals and in small groups. The expertise of support staff has been raised through the observation/joint planning of the sessions.
Access to sport has increased massively, as evidenced by the annual sports survey where an increasing number of children are participating in at least 1 out of school sporting activity. The School’s award of the Sainsbury’s Schools Gold award mark this year reflects the enhanced levels of participation at all ages and across an increasingly diverse range of sports.
Our children are enjoying the chance to participate in competition both within the school and against other schools, locally and beyond. Some of our children have participated County level at tennis and swimming and at National level in lacrosse.
Children are thoroughly enjoying PE, and this shows in their effort, enthusiasm and attainment.