P.E and sports events
The National Curriculum Guidelines
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- Lead healthy, active lives.
In some sports events children divided into ‘House Teams’. Each house team will consist of children from Reception to Year 6, working and competing together to earn House Points. Children will be competing in House Teams during sports day, with a house team winning the trophy. Our pupils work in co-operative learning groups in all areas of the curriculum, thriving in a variety of activities where they are both supported and challenged. The aspect of competition is an important aspect of the new P.E curriculum, providing pupils with opportunities to compete against their peers as well as their own ‘personal best’.
As a school, we have decided to embrace this part of the curriculum by working in House Teams. Siblings may not necessarily be in the same House Team. They may in fact be competing in a different team- much like our regular ‘Class of the Week’ system and our exciting ‘Ursuline World Cup’ competitions. Therefore during Sports Day, parents can walk freely around the various activities to see their children take part in the day.
The children, Governors and staff are excited about this system which works effectively in other local schools and feel that this helps us to meet National Curriculum requirements.
Sports Premium Funding
The Crosby CAPITAL cluster of schools have received a substantial amount of funding, known as ‘Sports Premium Funding’ from the Government. This funding is ring fenced and Ofsted monitor the expenditure and its impact. Following a school P.E audit we have identified our needs, areas for improvement and ways in which we will spend our funding.
Funding received 2014/15 - £3762
Funding received 2015/16 - £9760
Funding received 2016/17 - £9785
We have considered three key areas; Curriculum, Healthy Lifestyles and Competition.
How are we planning to spend the money?
Following a skills audit of class teachers, the majority of our funding will be spent on developing our understanding and teaching of P.E. Using our links with local secondary schools, we will be working closely with a highly skilled P.E teacher from Chesterfield High School. Teachers will be given support with planning and teaching areas such as dance, gymnastics and games. Through this co-coaching model we will raise standards in the teaching of P.E.
As a school, we are aware that positive attitudes towards healthy eating and exercise are fundamental to our pupil’s progress. Pupils who enjoy a healthy lunch and demanding exercise are pupils who are focused and happy in class. Our School Council are concerned about packed lunches and break time snacks; teachers, teaching assistants and pupils are working on a new Healthy Eating Policy for our school. Using the Sport’s Premium Funding, we have been able to begin a Cookery Club with year 5. They are focusing on healthy snacks and packed lunches that they can safely and easily make at home. Money will be spent on cookery equipment and ingredients for the club which will run for 6 weeks of the summer term.
In September, children will be welcome to join a Change4Life club. This club will aim to provide children with exercise, fun and team work activities. Money from the Sport Premium Funding will be used to support the activities of the club. Starting this club from September 2014 will allow us to measure the impact on pupil’s health, lifestyle and progress in class.
As already stated, competition in P.E is a key focus in the new curriculum for physical education. We have already used some of the Sport Premium Funding in this area; our year 5 and 6 football team have had the opportunity of taking part in coaching sessions, weekly for two terms. We have already seen the impact of this training; placing second in the Crosby School’s league is a result which we are extremely proud of and hope to beat next year. We will be using the Sport Premium Funding to make links with local clubs where we can take part in competitions. Money may also be used for colour coded equipment, medals and rewards for our House Team system.