Little Reddings Primary School and Nursery
PE and Sport Premium
Since the Government announced new funding for physical education (PE) in April 2013, the PE and Sport Premium, schools are free to determine how best to use this funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
We have benefited substantially from the PE and Sport Premium by using it as a catalyst to focus specifically on improving our provision. The PE and Sport Premium has given us the opportunity to allocate sports coaches to support in the delivery of our PE curriculum, invest in an extensive extra-curricular program and to buy in specialist training and physical resources. We feel that this increased focus on PE has improved what was already good provision. This was clearly evident in our most recent Ofsted report that stated,
‘The primary school sports and physical education funding is used well. The funding has been used to increase the range of sports on offer to pupils; for example, badminton and tri-golf. After-school and lunchtime clubs have increased pupils’ participation in sports, making a valuable contribution to pupils’ healthy lifestyles. The school has links with Arsenal football club and Saracens rugby football club. Both clubs offer pupils the opportunity to receive high-quality sports training.’ ( Ofsted Report 2016)
Leadership and Management
The PE and Sport Premium has raised the profile of the subject in the school which, in turn, has improved the provision across the school. The PE coordinator and head teacher have worked closely with the rest of the staff, and have a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses in provision.
Each class is receiving a minimum of 2 hours per week of timetabled PE. In each PE lesson, an element of competition is included through the development of skills or in whole game scenarios. There is also a focus on the children and staff of Little Reddings School leading a healthy and active lifestyle. This message is being communicated through classroom and assembly workshops, as well as future parent curriculum workshops. We have been able to reintroduce swimming for year 4 this year, this again has been a great success and the teachers are seeing a really improvement in the children’s ability in the pool.
The Sports Premium is also being used to invest in Challenge Sport Education’s (CSE) Fitter Future programme. Fitter Future is designed to increase fitness levels of children throughout the country and revolutionise the way primary schools can promote a healthy and active lifestyle. All workouts are accessible online. Each workout lasts ten minutes with additional workouts and monthly fitness challenges continuously added to the programme. Each child also gets completely free access at home where they can complete additional monthly workout challenges. Each workout includes three tier differentiation and can take place inside or outside.
Our investment in the complete Schools Sport Partnership competition package has enabled us to have access to support from coaches Queens’ School in Bushey. This has included team teaching and curriculum support across year 1. In the summer term we will also look to take the opportunity to train year 5 pupils to be playtime leaders ready for year 6.
The comprehensive program of lunchtime and after school clubs, as part of the Children’s University is going from strength to strength as we near the end of our second year and has seen a steady increase in participation. Many different sports and activities are available for the children to experience and compete in. The clubs cover a wide range of activities from the customary football and netball clubs to the more unusual street dance and judo clubs. It is the school’s aim to continue to offer new and exciting experiences for all pupils.
Below is a list of the sports clubs offered this year (other non-sporting extra-curricular clubs are available)
‘The school provides a comprehensive range of after-school and lunchtime activities. Pupils and parents are highly appreciative of this provision.’ ( Ofsted Report 2016)
Being part of the Bushey St James Trust has enabled us to greatly improve our links with Bushey Meads secondary school. Following on from previous and successful involvement of Bushey Meads students at Little Reddings School, we look forward to welcoming more students over to support with sports week and our 3 sports days across the primary school. We are also able to have access to the school’s vast array of equipment and resources. Being able to use the resources on site at Bushey Meads will also aid the children with their transition from KS2 to KS3.
As in previous years, we have had strong links with both Arsenal football club and Saracens rugby club. Both clubs have been involved with training on site, with Arsenal also providing weekly literacy lessons alongside the football plus 2 training sessions at Arsenal’s Colney Heath training ground. Due to the success of these partnerships, we have also strengthened links with Watford Football club. As with Arsenal FC, they have provided literacy lessons alongside coaching in a variety of sports. In turn, this has allowed us to enter the Watford Premier league football tournament.
Our links with the British Judo Council continues to grow and uptake of places in both our lunchtime and afterschool judo clubs has stayed high. In early 2016, the school’s judo club was recognised in the ‘Achievement of the Year’ category at the BJC annual awards for introducing nearly 70 children to the sport in its first year.
The sports premium has also enabled the school to invest in new and replacement PE and sports equipment. The new equipment has enhanced the teaching of lessons and the quality of lunch time and break time activities. Some of the larger purchases include
Lunchtime activities now focus on the health and exercise needs of children. Both our team of Midday Supervisors and our Year 6 Playmakers work together to provide structured activities for children across the key stages. The acquisition of new equipment has greatly supported this continued focus on healthy lifestyles. This is now supported by our playtime pals in KS1, where children as young as 5 are given the opportunity to lead and support their peers during lunch breaks. This has seen a marked increase in the amount of activity at lunch times and a larger amount of children getting involved.
Investing in the Schools Sport Partnership competition on a yearly basis has ensured that the children of Little Reddings School have the opportunity to compete in a variety of sports with children from other schools in the local area. This year we have taken part in many competitions this year with increased success. In football we won our ‘family’ group and went through to the next group stage. We have also had great success in Hockey and our mixed Year 6 team will be representing Watford and Hertsmere in the county finals in July.
The next steps for the school are to: