Houghton Road, Newbottle, Houghton le Spring, DH4 4EE

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newbottle.academy@aimhigh.co.uk

PE and Sports Grant

 

The Government has announced they are to extend the additional funding provided to all primary schools and academies for the academic year 2016-17.  We expect to receive £9745 for 2016-17.  This continued funding will enable us to sustain improvements in sport by building upon and enhancing skills previously developed as children move up through the school.

 

Our key objective in using the Sports Premium Grant is to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision by:

 

* Promoting physical activity as a healthy life style option

* Encouraging participation in competitive sport and

* Focusing on achievement outside ‘academic’ subjects

 

This will help us promote values such as teamwork, happiness, respect, trust and resilience.

 

The funding has also enabled us to provide a range of sport competitions to increase our participation in school games.  Our children take part in, and continue to be successful, in various inter-school games, festivals and competitions.  We also employ a PE specialist teacher within the current staffing structure at Newbottle as well as using qualified external coaches to provide extra tuition.

 

Impact of Sports Premium Spending

 

We are continuing to expand the provision of skipping tuition this year.  Once again this is being aimed at our current Year 4 cohort, who continue to take part in a multi-school skipping festival.  As in previous years, we find that the older children are encouraging the younger ones to skip at break time and lunch time.  This is proving an ideal way of encouraging participation in those children who are more reluctant to take part in organised PE or sports activities.  Another benefit is that this is an activity which children can take part in by themselves or as part of a group; apart from the initial cost of purchasing skips there are no costs involved for children who want to practice outside of school meaning parents are more likely to encourage this activity too.

 

The academy’s evaluation of its own performance is rigorous.  Tracking of progress for pupils is thorough to enable us to identify strategies to promote improvement.  Our Leadership Team maintain an overview of Sports Premium spending and provide a report to the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors at the end of each financial year.

 

Evidence of impact will continue to be collected by monitoring and evaluation of our activities.

 

2015-16

In 2015-16 we have continued to use this additional funding to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision at Newbottle Primary Academy. The funding has also enabled us to provide a range of sport competitions to increase our participation in school games.

Our Year 4 children have been receiving skipping coaching where they are taught all different types of skipping skills. The children develop these skills by incorporating each move to music. This training culminates in a Skipping Festival competition.

During this year we have also expanded our use of the Forest School on site providing whole class outdoor activity sessions in addition to normal PE lessons. There is now an established programme to ensure whole school involvement in this activity together with activities to encourage parental involvement. We have also introduced a weekly after school club.

 

Impact of Sports Premium Spending

The academy’s evaluation of its own performance is rigorous. Tracking of progress for pupils is thorough to enable us to identify strategies to promote improvement. Our Leadership Team maintain an overview of Sports Premium spending and provide a report to the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors at the end of each financial year.

There has been increased participation by parents alongside children and a general excitement about our Forest School environment by our pupils, the majority of whom look forward to their outdoor sessions. These sessions are in addition to the normal PE activities we deliver each week.

Teaching staff have worked alongside various sports coaches to allow them to provide high level PE lessons independently. Confidence and ability of staff to provide effective PE for children has increased as a result. Staff have implemented skills and knowledge from professional development and disseminated this to other staff.

 

Evidence of impact will continue to be collected by monitoring and evaluation of our activities.

Benefits of Skipping at Newbottle Primary Academy

Skipping has brought boys and girls of all abilities together. There are so many different skipping skills of varying difficulty to learn and practice that everyone can take part with some success, whatever their skill level. If a pupil finds individual skill skipping difficult they will usually find it easier to take part in long rope jumping activities.

Our programme of skipping has encouraged children to exercise in a fun and active way. Even if a pupil is reluctant to take part in PE lessons, we have found that skipping has been an activity the whole class wants to take part in and this has certainly been the case for our Year 4 children.

It is wonderful to see that skipping has become a regular playtime activity. The current skipping team’s enthusiasm has encouraged children from other year groups to skip on the playground. Lunchtime supervisors have also commented that this has had a positive effect on behaviour on the playground as children are engaged.

Younger children are starting to skip and practice skills taught by the older children. The current Year 6 children who won the skipping festival 2 years ago are now helping the current Year 4 skipping team with their skills.

We have seen the Year 4 children’s enthusiasm and confidence grow whilst practising for the skipping festival and their self-esteem has been raised as they are representing the school, often for the first time. The pupils have become inventive and experimental as the skipping dance is choreographed for the festival. The dance element of the competition improves the children’s co-ordination and sense of timing as they skip to the beat of the music.

Feedback from parents has indicated they are delighted that their child has started skipping and this is having an impact at home as the children are practising rather than watching TV or gaming. The fact that a skipping rope is an inexpensive item to purchase and replace if lost is a positive.

 

 

Click here to view the 2015-2016 Sports Premium Grant Expenditure report.

Click here to view the 2016-17 Sports Premium Grant Expenditure report.