Sports Funding to primary schools
The government has now doubled the funding to schools for 2017/18
The premium must be used to fund additional and sustainable improvements to the provision of PE and sport, for the benefit of primary-aged pupils, in the 2017 to 2018 academic year, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles.
At Bitterne Manor Primary, this will provide an additional:
Purpose of funding
The purpose of this funding is to create and maintain a high quality environment for the delivery and participation of physical education. The route can be decided by each individual school to suit their personal requirements school. Longevity of spending decisions is key, the funding should lead to improved and increased provision for current cohorts, as well as those in years to come.
What is ahead for Bitterne Manor Primary School 2017/18?
The year ahead for Bitterne Manor already looks exciting. We will be building on the success of last year’s work, evaluating our new curriculum choices and looking ahead at improving the connection with our community.
The proposed year ahead:
- PE specialist working as PE leader and PE teacher across the school.
- 2nd year of progress into the new schemes of work and blocking of aesthetic activities.
- Potential projects to be introduced to children and families around health and well-being.
- WOW! Days of tasting new and exciting or extreme sports in the summer term.
- New notice boards for signposting local clubs and offering taster sessions at school.
- Introduction of new web links from the school website to parents from the ‘change for life programme’ and other resources.
- Trial of the ‘Golden Mile’ programme for our school.
- Whole school activity day for the sport relief charity.
- Introduction of House coloured PE kit. Raising the profile and pride in the house teams.
- Renewed entry into the Junior Rock Challenge event. A whole school opportunity to be involved in a Performing Arts production and National competition. This challenge invites children to Dance but also be part of the wider production team creating set, costumes, lighting and music. The children will take part in another assault course whole school activity promotion.
- Continued selection of extra-curricular activities for all students. Trying to incorporate some new activities.
- Increasing Intra school competition. Using the schools house structure, we aim to have a ‘speed stacks’ competition.
- Combine with another subject specialist to further increase the use of IT in PE and use cameras to video / photograph performances and begin to create a visual assessment bank for their journey through the key stage.
- Introduction of sports captains in each class, a method of encouraging students to take on responsibilities.
- Active participation in school competition, previously hindered by transport and supply costs.
- Continuous professional development. Inset training and time with AC as well as evaluations from new curriculum.
- Further effort into creating links with St Denny’s and Charlton House as similar size establishments to increase inter competition and festival work.
- Maintaining sustainable transport initiatives. Riding or scooting to school.
- Retaining ‘Chance to Shine’ cricket programme for the summer term, enabling children to get high quality coaching and competition from Hampshire Cricket Community team.
Measuring and recording Impact.
This year we are aiming to create a number of ways of ‘capturing the impact’ of this funding for our children, parents and staff. We are hoping the introduction of the ‘Suceedin’ data collection programme will help us have measurable figures for the coming months and years.
We want to be able to measure an increased participation in;
- Personal best challenges and Intra school competition – House lists completed and monitored using ‘succedin’s’ school data collection programme.
- Leadership and volunteering – KS2 students working with KS1, completion of Head Teacher’s and Governor’s Awards.
- Increase in participation of performance – Half termly performance written into new SOW’s, particularly for Gym and Dance.
- Staff support – Q&A staff surveys, open door policy from PE Leader.
- Fixtures and results recorded of competing teams. – Match reports to be complied and published by team captains. Again details fed in to ‘succeedin’ programme.
- Happy Children!
Our plan is to use our specialist to create pathways that will:
- develop or add to the PE and sport activities that the school already offers
- make improvements now that will benefit pupils joining the school in future years
- provide existing staff with training or resources to help them teach PE and sport more effectively
- introduce new sports or activities and encourage more pupils to take up sport
- support and involve the least active children by running or extending school sports clubs, holiday clubs and Change4Life clubs
- run sport competitions
- increase pupils’ participation in the School Games
- run sports activities with other schools
As a subject specialist we have created a timetable to allow our PE Lead to be flexible within her role. This will enable staff to be supported in their lessons where required, or to team teach and watch good practice if necessary. Our NQT’s and university students will be supported by the PE Lead to access top ups to their training and the children will benefit from additional adult support in their lessons.
This flexible arrangement also enables us to take part in more competitive activities and festivals that are sometimes restrictive as a small school. We have struggled in the past to have a free member of staff available to accommodate local events. It allows us to create opportunities for children to take part in competition that may not usually be the first selected.
At lunchtimes and throughout the wider curriculum the PE Lead is tasked with targeting certain groups of children and certain times of the day.
We continually review our schemes of work. The PE Lead is developing a blend of new and existing lessons to improve teaching and resources for all children now and in the future.
A continued emphasis in to blocking parts of the timetable has been followed this term. This means in more aesthetic activities the children don’t have to remember week on week where they got to. The blocking system enables an intense and sustained subject plan that children follow over the course of a day culminating in a performance at the end of the allotted time slot.