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 (2019/2020), the school has been allocated £19,550 and have so far, used the funding to provide the following:
- Join the Heysham High School Sports Partnership to enable as many of our children as possible to participate in a broad range of activities and competitions. The partnership also includes training for teachers.
- To make links with local sports clubs to provide stimulating, challenging coaching across a range of new sports for KS1 children to encourage the development of Fundamental Movement Skills. Specialist coaches deliver the sessions which provides CPD for teachers. So far, sessions have included gym stars, judo, archery and basketball. These links also provide children with opportunities to participate in inter-school competitions within the local community.
- In KS2, provide each year group with specialist coaches for at least half a term, alongside the teachers, to provide high quality PE sessions and up-skill teachers in a range of areas which they can continue to provide in the future. Coaches in hockey, cricket and rugby have been provided so far.
- To provide sporting extra-curricular activities (fencing) for targeted groups of children who have been identified as not participating in sport outside school.
- To teach all Year 1 children to learn to ride a bike with ‘Pedal and Scoot’
- Purchase new sports equipment for PE lessons and to provide more sporting opportunities be used in the playground.
- Supply cover for staff whilst on training to ensure teachers are confident and skilled in the delivery of PE and to ensure children can participate in inter-school competitions during the school day.
- Purchase of new sports kits for competitions to enable the children to feel valued and to raise team spirit and attitudes towards participating in sporting events.
- To provide training for young leaders who can run sporting events during playtimes, lunch times and to raise the profile of sport within school.
- To purchase the new PE curriculum and assessment materials.
- To fund a track around the school field to enable the ‘Run a Mile’ initiative to be developed throughout school to promote an activity lifestyle (quotes have been received and accepted and an installation date is due to be set).
Impact of the PE funding
- 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.
- The PE curriculum offers an improved and increased range of activities.
- School participation in competitions has improved.
- Children in Year 1 can successfully ride a bike and their riding confidence increased due to the Peddle and Scoot training.
- Links between local high schools and sports clubs have improved and children are being sign posted to local sports clubs.
- Inactive children have become actively engaged in sports through targeted clubs and opportunities.
- 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.
In the future, we plan to use the sports funding to:
- Improve outcomes in swimming by providing further lessons for the children who leave Year 4 not able to swim 25m.
- Purchase playground equipment to make playtimes more actively engaging.
- To provide further opportunities, through coaches and clubs, to continue to decrease the number of inactive children throughout school.
- Begin a new partnership with an Outdoor and Adventurous Activities co-ordinator to allow children in KS2 to take part in high quality O&A activities.
- Continue to provide high quality training for all teachers to continually improve the provision and quality of PE and sport.
- To upgrade our current gymnastic apparatus to ensure gymnastics PE lessons are of high-quality, are challenging and engaging for all children through school.
87% 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.