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
We are proud to say that in 2019 we received the Bronze Award from Sainsbury’s School Games Mark. We now look forward to the next phase of improving physical education and active, healthy lifestyles.
The 2019/20 funding, for a second year, is £16,268 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 soon see a variety of sports being played at lunch times and morning break. One example is two new table tennis tables for the Key Stage Two playground.
* 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.
– Provision and support of Pupil Premium and children with low self esteem.
– Free extra curricular ‘Change 4 Life’ clubs
– Maintenance and repair of sports equipment
– Specialist support and coaching for Holywell staff from sports coaches and experts.
– Continued links with outside clubs and agencies such as Worcestershire Cricket, Bromsgrove Tennis Club, Bromsgrove Badminton Club, Studley Skipping Club and Barnt Green Squash Club.
– Subsidised after school and morning clubs.
Here are just some of the success stories from previous years:
- A significant rise was seen in participation, with extra curricular sports club provided in Key Stage 2.
- 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 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 football league between Holywell, Lickey and Beaconside. There were also tournaments in rounders, basketball, netball and athletics.
- 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.
- The Play Leader scheme has continued to be a success, with year 5 and year 6 children helping children of all ages get into sport at lunchtimes. This has been extended into Foundation Stage.
- Bikeability has again been a success in Years 4 and 6. We have seen a noticeable rise in the number of children cycling to and from school.
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!