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 2019-20, Hexham First School will receive £16,865. This is allocated in two slots in the financial year.
In our school
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 delivered by our highly skilled PE teacher, Mr Dowson who has over twenty years of PE teaching experience and class teachers deliver another PE lesson.
Staff observe and have opportunities to team teach with Mr Dowson. 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 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 reception, Year 1 and 2 have specialist multi skills lessons from Tom Cant our local cricket coach, who focuses on developing fundamental skills in our younger children to help develop their balance, coordination and agility. KS2 classes focus on developing their skills in 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.
Competition has a strong focus in our school and we 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.
After School Clubs
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 Dowson. Other sports clubs are run by teaching staff throughout the year. We offer a variety of clubs 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 our cricket coach Tom Cant who has been working with us for eight years, teaching cricket, fundamentals and after school clubs. 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.”
At Hexham First School we currently offer swimming lessons for all children in Year 3 and 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. 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 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
• use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
• perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations