Staff at Torrisholme continue to work hard to ensure all children experience and develop their skills as part of a varied and enjoyable Physical Education curriculum. For many years, we have tried to provide a wide range of extra-curricular sports and activities with opportunities for the children to take part in many local and regional competitions. Our children enjoy participating in PE lessons – working hard and recognising that keeping fit and healthy is a life-long goal.
This year (2020/2021), the school has been allocated £19,950 and we intend to use the funding for the following:
- To join the Heysham High School Sports Partnership to increase the number of children involved in a broad range of sports in a competitive manner. This partnership also provides CPD for staff members to improve the quality of teaching and learning of PE across school.
- To provide training, coaching and support in KS1 to develop fundamental movement skills which can then be maintained and transferred successfully throughout KS2.
- To provide the opportunity for all children in EYFS and Year 1 to learn to ride a bike through the service of Peddle and Scoot. We will also provide Bikeability for children in Y5.
- To broaden the access to Swimming sessions for the less confident swimmers in Year 5 and 6. The funding will be used for the additional swimming pool hire and transport.
- To establish a partnership with an Outdoor Education service to provide all children in KS2 with Outdoor and Adventurous activity to supplement the OAA curriculum skills and to build on the BLP (building learning power) work we implement throughout school to increase resilience, confidence problem solving skills, reflectiveness and perseverance.
- To continue to provide our Year 5 children 2 full days at Tower Wood Outdoor Activity Centre (this has been changed from a 2 night residential due to Covid restrictions)
- To provide all Year groups from EYFS - Year 6 with coaching from local clubs to ensure all children's PE sessions are being enhanced through the skills of a professional sports coach and teacher's confidence and competence in the teaching of specific sports is being developed. The sports we will provide coaches for are hockey, cricket, rugby, basketball, judo, fencing and golf. These coaches also help maintain links with the local sports clubs and help us sign post children to these clubs to increase the number of children involved in physical activity outside of school.
- To join the Lancashire Cricket affiliation which provides access to coaching, training and teaching resources.
- To provide Enjoy-a-ball sessions for EYFS to develop fundamental ball skills.
- The installation and up-keep of our run-a-mile track to increase the length of time children are physically active in a school day and to make breaktimes and lunchtimes more active.
- To link with Cross Curricular Orienteering to provide staff training on how to fully adopt the Cross Curricular orienteering course to increase activity levels at break times and lunch times and to develop Intra-school competition to improve engagement.
- To provide sporting opportunities for less active children. Children will be invited to fencing sessions.
- To provide staff training in areas specific to the individual staff members based on a staff audit.
- To provide additional resources to ensure teachers and children have access to high quality PE lessons.
- To upgrade our current gymnastic apparatus to ensure gymnastics PE lessons are of high-quality, are challenging and engaging for all children through school.
- To increase the confidence of staff members with teaching gymnastics and dance throughout school.
- To provide training for Young Sports Leaders to increase activity levels during playtimes and lunch times.
- To join 'The PE Hub' to enhance and support the PE scheme of work with new ideas and activities which meet the scheme's objectives.
- To fully establish the use of the PE Passport APP through training and updates to improve the assessment of PE and teachers' confidence in using the APP to enhance PE lessons and improve planning and assessment of future lessons.
- The new running track has increased activity levels throughout the school day as all classes have an allocated slot in their daily timetable to use the track for the run a mile initiative. This has developed children's understanding about the importance of staying fit and healthy.
- Teachers’ confidence in the delivery of PE sessions has improved because of training, the new scheme of work and working alongside specialist coaches.
- Children’s attitudes towards PE have improved as a result of a much more varied and engaging curriculum.
- Targeted groups of children (including Pupil Premium, less active and less confident) have been provided with outdoor education opportunities and clubs to increase awareness of fitness and health, increase activity levels and develop confidence.
- All PE lessons follow an agreed scheme of work, supplemented with PE Hub resources, which offers a progressive, engaging and challenging PE curriculum. Our curriculum now offers a more varied activity range to improve engagement and enables skills to be transferred much more frequently.
- Staff have a greater understanding of the progression in skills between year groups in PE.
- All staff members have improved competence and confidence with the delivery of PE lessons.
- Links between local high schools and sports clubs have improved and children are being sign posted to local sports clubs.
- Other curricular areas have become much more active due to the implementation of the Cross Curricular Orienteering course and the track.
- Torrisholme Primary School’s hard work has been recognised by receiving a Silver Sports Mark - The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.
To ensure the improvements and impact the school sports funding has had is sustained, teachers work closely with specialist coaches to develop their knowledge and understanding of the progression of skills in specific sports and to equip them with the skills to deliver high quality sessions in the future: these are then shared between staff members. New Schemes of work for both Key Stages ensure progress throughout the PE curriculum. Regular PE training develops the confidence of staff to deliver consistently high quality PE sessions and training is shared between all staff members. Being involved in a partnership with Morecambe High School and Heysham School’s Network, ensures extremely strong links are being established with the majority of the local primary schools which ensures intra and inter school competitions can be set up for the children in the future. This network and partnership also creates a group of teachers who can work together to ensure high quality PE and Sport is being delivered.
100% of children in Year 6 can swim 25 metres and perform a range of different strokes. All the children have had lessons in safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.