At Holywell Primary and Nursery School we consider PE of utmost importance. In recent years, we have seen the benefits gained from participation in high quality sport. We are constantly raising standards and pushing children to achieve their best. We believe that PE contributes significantly to academic and social performance. Through the subject, children learn to co-operate, accept advice, consider others and persevere. During this, they learn to listen and process instructions whilst taking ownership of their learning. We teach them to take risks in working through challenges where they can discover a favoured outcome. All of this is relevant and supports the delivery of our curriculum across the school.
For our sports funding allocation, we have outlined:
- how much funding we received
- a full breakdown of how we have spent the funding or will spend the funding
- the effect of the premium on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
- how we will make sure these improvements are sustainable
- how many pupils within our year 6 cohort can do each of the following:
- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
- use a range of strokes effectively
- perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations
(This data is raw data as our extra swimming lessons for Y6 alongside our Y3 swimming lessons had to be cancelled due to pool closure and COVID-19)
We are proud to say that in 2020-2021 our fitness levels showed a huge increase after the decrease from the first lockdown. I am very proud of the children for showing so much participation in the lap challenges and the amount of prizes I gave out throughout the Summer Term.
The 2021/22 funding, for a third year, is £19,540 with an additional £11,794.90 that was not spent this year and will be spent in the following ways:
* A continued focus on our play times. The aim is that with more purposeful play equipment and additional lunchtime supervisor and play leader training, we will continue to see a variety of sports being played at lunch times and morning break.
* A continued focus on the least fit children, giving them free, fun, non competitive activities to take part in at lunch times.
* Maintenance and repair of sports equipment
* Subsidised after school and morning clubs.
*A focus on competitive sports including creating some teams.
*High quality equipment for use in all year groups.
* Provision and support of Pupil Premium and children with low self esteem.
* Continued membership of the ‘All Active Academy’. The All Active Academy consists of a community of schools in the Bromsgrove area. Subscription to this scheme entitles us to many things such as:
– Entry into local and national tournaments and competitions.
– Support with inclusion sports for children with special educational needs.
– Equipment hire for specialist sports such as archery.
– Specialist support and coaching for Holywell staff from sports coaches and experts.
Here are just some of the success stories from the past two years:
- The lap challenges had a large participation level, with many children getting prizes from years 1 -6.
- A significant rise in the fitness levels of children in every class.
- In an average week, 45% of children in Key Stage 2 were engaged in some form of extracurricular sporting activity.
- Subscription to a School Sports Partnership, offering free before and after school clubs and curriculum-time coaching.
New sports equipment was purchased to enable extra opportunities to take part in a wide variety of sports. This included a badminton net and table tennis equipment.
- Key Stage 2 are able to take part in a re-designed sports day, which features a traditional sports day - egg and spoon races, sack races, 3-legged races and skippping races.
Children were given even more opportunities to take part in competitive sport. This included a Year 5 and 6 netball league between Holywell, Lickey and Beaconside.
- More sports clubs were available after and before school. These included football, multiskills, badminton, cricket, netball, hockey, tag rugby, dance, cross country, gymnastics, cheerleading, boxercise, circuits and athletics. Many of these clubs were free of charge or at a reduced rate.
- Teaching staff were able to develop their own practice to ensure a higher standard of PE teaching.
- We have been able to bring in specialist coaches to teach sports such as hockey, cricket, dance, skipping, squash, badminton and football.
- Bromsgrove Hockey club worked with staff to improve teaching hockey skills.
- Bikeability has been a success in Year 6 and we look forward to having it again this year.
Please support the school by helping your child to attend as many clubs as possible. We may well be harbouring the next Mo Farah or Andy Murray/ You never know unless you give it a go! The school’s aim is to increase participation in sport, so that every child has a chance to access a quality curriculum and try a variety of different sports in order to reach their potential.
We thank you for your continued support, and hope to see you at one of our sports days in the Summer Term (for the first time in 3 years)!