Sports Coaches for Key Stage 2
Sport Premium Cost - £1,368 for this academic year.
Key Stage 2 are enjoying having sports coaches leading sessions on a Friday morning. This term they are delivering football.
Refurbished Outdoor Court
Sports Premium cost - £5,000
Our outdoor multi purpose court has been refurbished during the summer holidays. The old court had become waterlogged and dangerous to use.
We have already put it to good use with PE in Key Stage 2.
We are lucky to have a fully equipped gym in school that has been used by secondary pupils to encourage them to lead healthier lifestyles and have better fitness levels. It has become apparent that there is a place for younger pupils with specific special needs to access the gym for reasons other than getting fit. Some of this years sports funding has been used to send Karen Vann-Hill on a gym instructors course so that she is qualified to take younger pupils in the gym and set programmes for them that not only take into account their age and physical development but are tailored to suit sensory needs as well. Teachers have noticed that after a session in the gym pupils can be much calmer and have increased concentration levels.
Key Stage 2 Wake Up Shake Up.
Each morning the pupils from Key Stage 2 go outside (weather permitting) and dance in order to wake them up, get their senses going and help them to be ready for work. Each class leads the session for half a term. Our amplifier broke and we have now replaced it with a more modern one so that all pupils can hear the music and are therefore far more enthusiastic with their movements.
We have welcomed back Mark Anderson from Infusedance to work with pupils in Foundation, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Our aim was to increase pupil's awareness of their own bodies in relation to themselves and others. Pupils in Foundation explored the basics of moving to music, creating different shapes with their bodies, working with props and learning to work closely with other pupils. We worked both indoors and outdoors and by the end of the 6 week block there was a marked improvement in all pupils ability to listen to instructions and their willingness to join in with the activities.
Sports Funding 2015 - 2016
Our funding for this year is primarily going to fund new equipment for the Key Stage 1 playground. Teachers are currently exploring ideas for equipment that will enhance the physical activity of pupils. Initial ideas are to purchase climbing and balance equipment that is so beneficial for early development.
We are going to purchase some larger tricycles for pupils in Key Stage 2 who still find balancing on a bicycle difficult. This will ensure that they can still enjoy the excitement of riding and being with their friends.
Each morning Key Stage 2 go outside for 'Wake Up Shake Up'. During this activity pupils dance a set routine to popular songs. The aim is to wake up the their bodies and minds and get them ready for work. It is very popular with all pupils. The Boogie Box that we have used for years has finally broken and we are planning on using the rest of our money to purchase a new one so that everyone can hear the music.
The money from this year’s Primary PE Sport funding has been used to but outdoor gym equipment for the primary playground.
The equipment was installed during summer 2015 and has proved to be very popular with all pupils. It is used constantly at every break and lunch time. Our physically able pupils have enjoyed the new challenges that the equipment offers and we have noticed that pupils who previously showed no interest in playground equipment are using the outdoor gym and being engaged in the activities.
The Key Stage 2 playground now offers all pupils the opportunity to be physically active during their breaks. General fitness levels have increased and behaviour on the playground continues to improve.
In April 2013 the government announced a ring fenced sum of funding for every primary school. This money has to be used to improve the provision of physical education, physical activity, school sport, health and well being. Welcombe Hills was allocated £8000. Every school is free to determine how the money is best spent to enhance pupils' learning in physical activity and education.
We have looked carefully at the primary PE curriculum and thought of ways in which we could further all pupils' enjoyment and participation of this subject. The one area that we kept coming back to was the primary playground. The equipment on it was dated, not inclusive and really not fit for purpose. We decided to put our lump sum of money towards a new inclusive and physically challenging playground.
The new playground was installed in February 2014 and the impact on pupils' participation and increased physical activity has been dramatic. The number of pupils who previously showed no interest in old playground equipment are now actively exploring the new equipment. Pupils with limited mobility are enjoying bouncing on the trampolines, others who preferred to be on their own at lunchtimes are now joining in and our more physically active pupils are loving the challenges of the climbing frame.
As a school we have looked at the PE curriculum and decided that an area we could introduce is outdoor and adventurous activity challenges. This would involve setting challenges for pupils that they have to complete either as an individual or as part of a team e.g. move your team across the playground without touching the ground. The new playground equipment is going to form a major part of these challenges. Key Stage 1 classes have already taken advantage of the new equipment and are teaching their PE lessons outside. Teachers have already observed a marked improvement in the confidence of some pupils. Key Stage 2 will be using it for outdoor and adventurous challenges in the summer term.