PE and Sports Premium Funding Vision
We pride ourselves, at Hexham First School, in providing opportunities and motivation for all children to lead a healthy and active life. We have always provided active and enjoyable physical education for all our pupils, however the additional funding has enabled us to enhance our offer to ensure that all children benefit from outstanding P.E. teaching. At Hexham First we hope that our children will gain in confidence and begin to recognise the benefits of being healthy and active.
What is PE and Sport Premium
PE and Sport Premium funding is provided jointly by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport and is allocated to the school head teacher. The funding is restricted and therefore can only be spent on the 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 have the freedom to choose how they do this. The expectation is that pupils leaving 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)
For the academic year 2021-2022, Hexham First School will receive £16,865. This is allocated in two slots in the financial year.
At Hexham First School we provide a high-quality physical education programme to develop the competence to succeed in gymnastics, dance, games, athletics, football, tennis and swimming. We are part of Tynedale Schools Sport Partnership (TSSP). One PE lesson a week is taught by our highly skilled PE teacher, Mr A. Brown who has over twenty years of PE teaching experience and class teachers teach the second PE lesson. We have other specialist PE opportunities across the academic year so that pupils experience a wide range of PE opportunities. This is planned on the curriculum overview.
Staff observe and have opportunities to team teach with Mr Brown. This gives teachers high quality CPD and informs their future practise. Activities are mapped out for each year group to ensure a breadth of opportunity is available to each child.
In Early years and 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. As each child progresses through school, they are encouraged to develop these skills and use them in different ways.
In autumn term, along side our PE lessons we offer yoga across the school, from Nursery to Year 4. We have been lucky enough to work with Debbie our very experienced yoga teacher for many years now. We see real benefits of yoga lessons and the children and teachers just love it! The children thoroughly enjoy it and get a lot from each session. We find it very relaxing and helps calm the children during their busy school week.
We also offer Little Movers to our nursery, reception and year 1 children in Summer term 1. Little movers helps develop children's spatial awareness and their sense of self, whilst developing listening skills.
In KS2, classes focus on developing their skills in multi skills, team games, athletics, football, gymnastics, swimming and tennis. We have seen the benefits of the early input of fundamental skills in Early years and reception, as the children move through school with improved agility and coordination when applying their skills in games.
Year 4 will enjoy building their confidence in swimming across the year. We run a swimming booster class in Autumn term which is funded by the PE sports premium to help those children who have not had the opportunity to swim.
We enjoy competitive opportunities and strive to enter competitions offered by the Local Authority, TSSP (Tynedale School Sports Partnership) and School Games. Our children are very proud to represent our school at competitions and have worked hard to be the best they can be. Year 4 recently came second in the Multi skills county final. They were so proud of their achievement even though it was a virtual competition, they excelled and came second, a huge achievement. The nest bit was the whole class entered and took part as a class team.
After School Clubs
Autumn Term- KS1- multi skills and gymnastics.
Spring term- Gymnastics KS2 and dance KS1.
Summer term- Games
We run alternate key stage extra-curricular activities after school. Every half term we offer each key stage a different after school sport club, run by Mr Brown, Specialists and teaching staff. We offer a variety of clubs: gymnastics, multi skills, dance, football and games, to appeal to all interests and abilities. We ensure all children are offered the opportunity to attend extra-curricular sporting activities to increase their levels of physical activity.
We work closely with local sport specialists. We have developed close links with Hoopstarz, Yoga and Little Movers. We hold special dance days and yoga sessions across school to ensure children access a range of physical activities to help them develop new skills.
Year 4 Residential Trip
We offer an exciting residential trip to Robinwood which is located in the Cumbrian hills near Alston. Our children know that this is a very special opportunity where they stay away for two nights and three days. They take part in fantastic team building, orienteering and confidence boosting activities, all served in the beautiful Cumbrian hills. They grow and develop as individuals and find talents within themselves they never knew they had. In the word of our previous Robin-wooders “It was epic! I loved the giant swing and faced my fears.”
Swimming 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 ( Year 6)
• use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
• perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
At Hexham First School we currently offer swimming lessons for all children in Year 3 and 4. However due to the pandemic we are aware of the gap in swimming lessons and have for this year only, offered it to Year 4 during the spring and summer terms. As many of our children do not have access to out of school swimming lessons, using our PE premium, we provide a swimming booster for children in year 3 and 4 during autumn term. The swimming booster has proved very successful, seeing much more confident children and able swimmers in KS2 and with it being a smaller group of children they are able to get very small group tuition. Children are taught by qualified swimming instructors who follow guidelines set out by the Local Authority.
How we can measure the impact of PE and Sport Premium Funding?
There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement:
• 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 PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement
• increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport
• broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils
• increased participation in competitive sport
We have worked hard to increase the range of sports and physical education offered at Hexham First School. We offer a wide variety of physical education: yoga, cricket, tennis, games, dance, gymnastics, athletics, swimming, tag rugby, football, dance and little movers (EYFS).
Children are enthusiastic and keen to participate in PE and are aware of the health benefits they gain from being active. The children understand the reasons behind making healthy choices and how they benefit from this.
Active time-Every child is active during morning and afternoon break. This has improved by introducing playtime equipment and ‘young leaders’ which engages the less active/enthusiastic children. They love to skip, hop, jump, hula, catch, throw and run. We have noticed how much more calm and happy playtimes are across the school as children are more engaged in their play.
We asked Year 4's to apply to become young leaders in Autumn term. They had to explain why they would be a good young leader and what skills and qualities they had. We successfully chose 8 Year 4's for the job. They run well chosen and designed activities during breaks to keep children active and happy. The young leaders have taken their roles very seriously and it has been fantastic to see them grow and improve their leadership skills. The children enjoy working with the older children and like taking part in their games, strengthening relationships across the school.
Staff are fully committed to enhancing their expertise and skill set. They observe PE lessons and have opportunity to team teach with our PE Specialist. Mr Brown and Mrs Moore do a staff PE audit and focus on areas for development that teachers would like to focus on This year we have had gymnastics CPD sessions with Mr Brown, which have been invaluable. Mr Brown has a wealth of knowledge for teachers to quiz and he shares his excellent resources and ideas.
Children love to represent their school at competitions and are becoming more confident at this. They take part in all the TSSP festivals and as many competitions as we can. We have done very well in the multiskills and gymnastics competition and can see how the children are investing more time and commitment to their routines. They feel a real sense of pride representing their school and doing their best. We are equally very proud!
PE Spending for Covid 19
We have invested our carried over amount from the PE funding from last year, in some lovely new coloured coded PE equipment for break times. We have bought some lovely equipment to help keep our children active and motivated during break times. These are colour coded to ensure each set is kept to a class bubble. This helps keep our young people happy and active. Children are thoroughly enjoying the new equipment are taking great care of it. We even have some hula hoop challenges!
We encourage our children during afternoon break to complete as many laps as possible to achieve their daily mile. This is all part of their additional 30 minutes of daily activity. children count their laps as they go and feel very proud when they achieve their mile!