PE and Sports Funding
In physical education children take part in a wide variety of activities. They learn that being active is fun and that it is important to lead an active lifestyle.
At the beginning of their school life children learn and explore basic movement skills, they develop these skills throughout their time at Drighlington Primary School and leave as confident movers able to play a wide range of sports.
At key Stage one children experience dance, games, athletics and gymnastics. At Key Stage two in addition to those taught earlier, pupils also have lessons in swimming and outdoor/adventurous activities.
In gymnastics children use the large apparatus which enables them to develop their gross motor skills (climbing, jumping, balance etc). We play a wide variety of team games and during fine weather we take advantage of our playing field for outdoor activities of many kinds. Lessons involving the use of small apparatus (bats, balls, skipping ropes etc) develop the children’s fine motor skills, such as catching, throwing and hand/eye co-ordination. During the summer children do athletics on the track on the school field and also learn the fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing events.
For most of the school year children in year 4 attend weekly swimming lessons at Morley Sports centre, where they are taught by trained instructors. The programme includes water confidence, safety and stroke technique.
As a school we participate in many sporting competitions including multi-skills, gymnastics, football, netball, cross country, rounder’s, cricket, athletics, sports hall athletics, rugby and orienteering. We believe in healthy competition teaching the children to do their best and be gracious in victory and defeat. Over the past few years we have been champions in football, rounder’s, athletics, swimming, cross country and for the last two years we have made the Morley Football final, winning last year.
The school also runs a variety of lunch and afterschool clubs, some of which are led by coaches from local teams, teachers and teaching assistants. These include football, gymnastics, hockey, running, netball, Zumba and dance.
PE and Sport play a very important part in the life of Drighlington Primary School and at least two, hour sessions per week, are dedicated to physical activity in the curriculum. We believe that physical education and sport contribute to the holistic development of young people and through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn more about key values such as teamwork, fair play and respect for themselves and others.
There is significant evidence to show the positive effects of sport and exercise on children’s physical health, growth and development. Furthermore, sport also provides a healthy environment for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing.
In April 2013, the Government announced new funding (Sport Premium) for physical education (PE), sport and physical activity to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision at school, for two years. We are using the Sport Premium to improve the quality of PE and Sport provision.
We have allocated the majority of our sports funding towards a commitment to links with Woodkirk High School. On a weekly basis, a specialist PE teacher leads PE lessons in our school. Children benefit from intensified coaching, staff benefit by observing which is part of their professional development. Children say positive comments about the specialist PE lessons, such as "PE lessons are much more fun, we do more activities and different things that we haven't done before". Additional funding has been spent on new external football posts to support the teaching of football. Also, a local club uses them for practise and matches, meaning that we are more successful in our efforts to reach out to the wider community.
Our approach to the use of funding ensures that there will be a sustainable improvement to PE provision over time; we agreed to focus on training staff as our key priority so that the children will benefit from the funding even if it ceases to be given to schools in the future.
The PE Grant allocation for 2017/18 was £8,444.
Our PE grant funding currently stands at £8974 and includes £530 carry forward from last year's allocation. This year we will spend £8214 on Specialist Sports Coaching (from Woodkirk Academy) and £1,000 on Leeds Active Schools Service Level Agreement. The shortfall of £240 will be paid from school budget.
2016-17 allocation and impact
The P.E. Grant allocation for 2016/17 was £9,614.
£7,500 was spent on Specialist Sports Coaching (from Woodkirk Academy), £1,000 on Leeds Active Schools Service Level Agreement. Some of the balance was spent on P.E. equipment to support continued teaching and additional projects after coaching ended.
The continued impact of specialist sports coaching remains of high quality. Children report that they enjoy lessons and they learn new things as they are taught by a High School coach. Our staff have become confident and are able to deliver good quality lessons in the absence of the coach, due to their time observing High School coaches delivering lesson for the past two years. We remain involved with Leeds Active Schools and often compete against other schools in inter-school events, widening the competitive opportunities for our children. Our work is extending to additional support and training for lunch staff.
2015-16 allocation and impact
The P.E. Grant allocation for 2015/16 was £9,614.
£7,500 was spent on Specialist Sports Coaching (from Woodkirk Academy), £1,000 on Leeds Active Schools Service Level Agreement. The balance was spent on P.E. equipment to support continued teaching and additional projects after coaching ends.
Very similar to last year, the impact of specialist sports coaching is that all children have had experience of specialist lessons from a High School coach they already knew. Our staff have continued to observe the lessons, to further enhance their own training. The impact of enlisting with Leeds Active Schools is that we remain automatically involved in additional training for our staff, and are invited to compete against other schools in inter-school events, widening the competitive opportunities for our children. Our children have had great successes!
2014-15 allocation and impact
The P.E. Grant allocation for 2014/15 was £9,614.
£7,500 was spent on Specialist Sports Coaching (from Woodkirk Academy), £540 on new football posts and £1,000 on Leeds Active Schools Service Level Agreement. The balance was spent on P.E. equipment to support continued teaching and additional projects after coaching ends.
The impact of specialist sports coaching is that all children have had experience of specialist lessons, and our staff have observed, thus receiving training to further continue high quality PE teaching when the sport funding expires. The impact of purchasing football posts is that our children can play games with more purpose and definition, and other schools and community groups can also use the football pitch for training and matches. The impact of enlisting with Leeds Active Schools is that we automatically are involved in additional training for our staff, and are invited to compete against other schools in inter-school events, widening the competitive opportunities for our children.