Sports Premium Funding
We pride ourselves, at Shiremoor Primary School, in providing opportunities and motivation for all children to lead a healthy and active life. This has been on-going over time, however the additional funding has enabled us to enhance our offer and ensure that children benefit from outstanding P.E. teaching and coaching and from using the highest quality equipment.
What is Sport Premium
Sport Premium funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport and is allocated to primary school headteachers. The funding is restricted and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in schools. The purpose of the funding is to ensure schools spend the additional funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this. With this purpose it is expected that pupils leaving primary school will be physically literate and will hold knowledge, skills and motivation to equip them for a healthy lifestyle and a natural love for sport!
‘Schools must spend the additional funding on improving their provision of P.E. and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this’ (DFE June 2013)
In our school
At Shiremoor Primary we provide a high-quality physical education programme to develop the competence to excel in gymnastics, dance, games, athletics and swimming. Activities are mapped out for year group to ensure a breadth of opportunity is available to each child. In Key Stage 1, lessons focus on firstly developing fundamental movement skills; ensuring children are increasingly confident and competent to extend their agility, balance and coordination. We also actively promote competitive and co-operative physical activities. Lessons are primarily centred on basic skills and fundamental movement skills such as agility, balance and coordination. As each child progresses through school, they are encouraged to develop these skills and use them in different ways.
Competition is a huge focus in our school and each games unit of work consists of many competition opportunities. We run successful intra-competitions in school, such as the whole school Mini World Cup event, in which each child competes within their peer group. In addition, we strive to enter all competitions offered by the Local Authority and other bodies such as Newcastle Falcons, Newcastle United Foundation and England Cricket. As a Teaching School, we have taken a lead in organising a sporting competition for a different year group each term.
We are proud of our extensive extra-curricular activities programme. We ensure all children are offered the opportunity to attend extra-curricular sporting activities and increase their levels of physical activity, and through data collection we are able to track and target individual children to ensure high levels of participation in physical activity. We also invite a range of specialist sport coaches to deliver activities such as fencing and judo to ensure that children access a range of additional opportunities which they may not experience otherwise.
The main spending has been upon transport. This is crucial to ensuring our children gain access to new experiences they wouldn’t otherwise be able too. We have invested money in skiing for year 5/6. This has been a great investment as it has increased participation rates, particularly has allowed for an increase in participation rates for children who haven’t participated in school sport before or when asked say they aren’t good at PE. In addition, as a result of the focus on skiing, 13% of the children attend a ski club in Sunderland every Wednesday night.
How we can measure the impact of Sport Premium Funding?
There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:
- the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity – the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school
- the profile of PEand sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
- increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PEand sport
- broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
- increased participation in competitive sport
All schools must provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2.
In particular, pupils should be taught to:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
Shiremoor Primary School currently offer swimming lessons for all children in year 5. They attend a local swimming pool once a week for the duration of the academic year. Children are taught by qualified swimming instructors who follow guidelines set out by the Local Authority. As most of our children do not have access to swimming lessons in addition to those provided by the school, the Senior leadership Team are working with the Local Authority to ensure we have the best programme available to meet the needs of our children. This year, we have had visits from local swimming instructors and RNLI to promote water safety and free swim sessions in a bid to inspire more of our children to access swimming facilities outside of school provisions. We are focusing on changing how we offer swimming in the academic year 2018-19 to ensure we offer the most effective provision for our children.
Currently, in our Year 6 cohort,
- 59% can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- 41% can use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
- 41% can perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations = 41%
Even though we are below National Expectations, we have made a 25% increase in children who can swim 25metres since the start of their swimming lessons.