- We were delighted to be named runners-up for the ‘South Ribble PE Primary School of the Year’ in July 2017.
- On the 29th of June, 2018, we attended the ‘South Ribble Sports Awards’ ceremony once again and this time went one better… we were awarded the title ‘Primary School of The Year 2018’. We feel honoured to have been recognised for our dedication to pushing sport forward in our school.
Sports Premium Money Allocation
Back in 2013, building on the London Olympic legacy, the government introduced additional funding to all schools across the country to ensure that PE and sport are at the heart of school life. The funding was an attempt to enhance sporting opportunities for children, and so it can only be spent on improving physical education and sport in schools. Up until 2018, all primary schools with 17 or more pupils received £8000, plus a premium of £5 per pupil. Resultantly, Kingsfold usually received in excess of £8,500 each year to spend on the improvement of sport and physical education at our school. We have spent our allocation carefully each year to ensure that its impact is sustainable and that we therefore have a lasting sporting legacy. We are extremely proud of our results and are confident that the positive impact is sustainable going forward. This report documents how we have spent the funding, and how we believe it has impacted the pupils of Kingsfold Primary School. This funding has increased from 2018 onwards to approximately £17,000, allowing us to strengthen our provision even further. A breakdown of spending can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
How has the Sports Premium Funding been spent so far at Kingsfold?
This document aims to outline how we have spent this year’s Sports Premium allocation, and more importantly, how we believe it has affected sport provision at Kingsfold. The Lancashire P.E scheme has been implemented throughout our school and staff have been sent on all relevant training. KS1 children now spend two years mastering fundamental movements required for sporting games in later life. Baseline assessments are taken in Y1. These children then re-assessed at the end of Y2. Most children should be meeting the baseline at this point, they can then progress onto using these skills to play competitive sports throughout KS2. We then use our Young Leaders to target any children without these required skills and develop games to play at lunchtime to practise any weaker fundamental movements. Core Tasks are taken by all children at the end of each P.E unit, scores are then passed to the PE co-ordinator for tracking purposes. This data ensures that teachers group children and differentiate lessons in each PE area when sports are revisited.
One of our main aims for P.E. is to offer the children as wide a variety of sporting activities as possible. By making the lessons diverse and varied, we can better target the pupils who perhaps look on P.E. less favourably. We have therefore ensured that every child and teacher has had access to professional development in PE each year. We view high quality teaching of PE as being just as important as high quality teaching in maths and literacy. We develop our teachers to deliver PE with confidence and to improve their skills in a wide range of sports through sourcing specific training. We hire a wide range of specialist sports coaches each year to develop our provision of curriculum PE, extra-curricular activities, intra and inter competition and to help with staff training and team teaching across both key stages. This obviously also benefits the children being taught as they get to try out plenty of new sports and also opens them up to local club links, meaning that any children showing talent can express themselves out of school time. We pay for external coaches from the South Ribble School Sports Partnership to come in and teach the children certain sports and physical activities. In addition, we also paid for some of these coaches to run after school sports clubs, which again adds another element as these are free to attend for the children. Bringing in qualified external coaches is highly beneficial to all involved, the children get to experience lots of different sports which they may otherwise not get a chance to try, and it also supports the professional development of the staff. New coaching for 2018 included School of Military, Yoga and Mindfulness and Orienteering for KS1. Each year we also participate in the ‘Dance from the Heart’ scheme, run by South Ribble Council. Our dance leaders learn an eight minute dance routine and then teach the routine to the rest of the school. After practicing, the Dance from the Heart team – along with the mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Linda Woollard – come into school and film the whole school performing the dance outside on the playground. Last year we were treated to a show from ‘BoogieStorm’ dance troupe from Britain’s Got Talent and this year we saw a circus act (inspired by ‘The Greatest Showman’ movie). This was a unique opportunity for our KS2 leader pupils who were selected to learn the dance, as it gave them the chance to demonstrate their coaching skills to the rest of the school. Every single one of them thrived in this position and they grew in confidence due to their role having responsibility. Also, as a lot of the dance moves were sport related and boys and girls took part equally. Once again the scheme had a really positive effect on everyone involved, not only physically, but also mentally.
We combined both PE and Pupil Premium funding to enable The School of Military to work with the vast majority of our children from Y2 upwards throughout the last year. You can see their work in more detail at http://www.theschoolofmilitary.uk but we have raised the general fitness, confidence, teamwork and resilience skills of our cohorts. We began the year by targeting children (behaviour, low confidence, low resilience or children that often opted out of traditional extra-curriulcar PE) but by Christmas we had children begging to take part! Behaviour and impact in the classroom were monitored by our Headteacher and Family Support Worker and we were delighted (hence the courses being renewed throughout the year). Each cohort finished with a passing out parade to parents (which can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-jBmdGM0GE&t=104s&frags=pl%2Cwn).
We have evidence that our hard work with increasing the number and variety of sports clubs is paying off and is having a real impact. After gauging opinions of parents and importantly, the pupils themselves – through past records and child interviews, each year we aim to expand our already varied range of after school sports clubs. For 2017-18 we added fencing, archery, boxing, table tennis, cheerleading and volleyball. Our participation numbers have risen steadily over the last few years. From recent feedback, it was identified that Key Stage 1 didn’t have as many options as KS2 when it came to sports clubs. As a result, we have provided after school clubs in KS1 multi-skills, football, volleyball, netball, fitness, dance, gymnastics and crazy golf (to name but a few).
2015-16: 43% of KS1 attended at least one extra curricular club.
2016-17: 62% of KS1 attended at least one extra curricular club.
2017-18: 66% of KS1 attended at least one extra curricular club.
2015-16: 71% of KS2 attended at least one extra curricular club (many obviously attended more than one)
2016-17: 82% of KS2 attended at least one extra curricular club.
2017-18: Once again, 82% of KS2 attended at least one extra curricular club.
Following on from club participation we always try to enter as many competitive KS2 inter-school competitions as we can. Children can get a huge confidence boost from being selected to represent their school, and because of this, we try to offer that opportunity to as many pupils as possible. We regularly participate in a variety of competitions from football and netball to athletics and cricket. These competitions are a great chance for the children to gain a sense of pride, and a feeling of belonging to a team. The inter-schools competitions are also a brilliant learning platform for the children and offer opportunities that often go unnoticed. In the competitive events against other local schools such as the football and netball leagues, they learn how to win with pride yet exhibit modesty; and just as important, they learn how to lose with grace and demonstrate sportsmanship. We use some of our funding to take part in termly KS1 sport festivals and also a Y3/4 competitive cycle. This readies children for their Y5-6 opportunities and removes any fear that may build up throughout school and prevent them from volunteering in Class 6. Alternatively, inclusion events present opportunities for children who may not otherwise take part in sport, the chance to get physically active in interesting and fun ways. Also, at these events the children are usually put into groups or teams with children from other schools, so this gives them the chance to develop their social skills. These events are offered to children of both KS1 and KS2, meaning that a high percentage of our pupils get to experience them.
2016-17: 100% of the children in KS2 have attended at least one L2 inter-school School Games event (off site) – this obviously included all of our SEN and EAL children.
2017-18: 79% of the children in KS2 have attended at least one L2 inter-school School Games event (off site) – it has not been possible to get 100% this year due to an increase of numbers on our roll for KS2 and only having a certain number of competitive School Games events to enter. We are delighted with the 79% though as it represents children from Year 3 upwards, we have again ensured that it is not only the Year 6’s taking part in competitive sport.
In recent years we have held various intra-school competitions, with every child in the school participating. Firstly, these events are a brilliant opportunity to get all the children active for a day. They also offer the children a chance to try sports that they perhaps hadn’t tried before, and in some cases, children found hidden talents and a genuine interest in the sports.
We invest annually in ‘Change 4 Life’ training and resources. This programme involves training our KS2 pupils to deliver playground activities for other children through the ‘Young Leaders’ scheme. This may be a young person’s first experience of being a leader, and volunteering their own time to benefit others, as well as hopefully helping them develop as an individual. The club aims to engage children not involved in ‘active-play’ to take part in activities using unique resources so that they are working towards their 60 minutes national target of physical exercise each day.
Before children leave our school it is expected that they are able to meet the National Curriculum objectives highlighted below:
Pupils should be taught to:
- Pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed, distance and personal survival
- Swim unaided for a sustained period of time over a distance of at least 25m
- Use recognised arm and leg actions, lying on their front and back
- Use a range of recognised strokes and personal survival skills [forexample, front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sculling, floating and surface diving].”
We fund all children from Y2-6 to take part in a full term’s swimming lessons each school year at Priory Leisure Centre. Using the school sports funding, we are also able to offer ‘Top Up’ swimming weeks to any children not meeting the National Curriculum targets by the end of Year 6.
81.25% of our Yr 6 leavers in left Kingsfold with their 25m swimming certificates. 48% of the Yr 5’s also achieved this level ready for 2017-18.
74% of our Yr 6 leavers in left Kingsfold with their 25m swimming certificates. Figures were affected by new starters late into the summer term and one child with an allergy to water who could not take part. 76% of the Yr 5’s also achieved this level ready for 2018-19. We have put aside funding to cover the costs of more Top-Up swimming sessions next year.
Bikeability, Scootsafe & Tots on Tyres
For many years we have offered cycling proficiency to our Year 6’s to give them the necessary skills to keep them safe when riding their bikes. The main reason for this is that as they get towards moving to high school, their 7 independence levels increase and often use their bikes more. It is our aim to keep them safe, so we once again bought into the SSP ‘Bikeability’ scheme thus ensuring that our pupils are taught about how to stay safe on the roads to a high standard. This year we also invested in new schemes aimed at younger children. Year 3 took part in ‘Scootsafe’ which ultimately taught them how to stay safe when using their scooters, whereas Reception class used balance bikes in the ‘Tots on Tyres’ scheme. The aim of this scheme is to encourage cycling at an early age in the hope that this will then continue in later life. As part of our push to improve skills and knowledge regarding road safety, we believe that these three schemes are highly effective. Ultimately, we want to provide as many children as possible with necessary information to keep them safe when they use their bikes and scooters, and by bringing in qualified, experienced instructors, we feel we are doing this. The safety of our pupils is paramount, so by providing them with a rounded set of skills, we aim to keep them from harm when using their bikes, and thus we believe the impact of this programme is immense.
When thinking about sport in schools, we generally just consider the events themselves and the equipment used, however getting to and from the various sporting competitions is essential. We rely heavily on the funding to pay for mini-buses and coaches to allow us to enter as many inter-schools competitions as possible. We used mini-buses for numerous sporting events this year, meaning that many pupils in various classes got the chance to represent the school in a variety of competitions. Without the funding, it would almost certainly have been impossible to attend so many events.
Overall Impact & Sustainability
As in previous years we have used our Sports Premium Funding with the aim of creating an exciting and sustainable curriculum for all of our pupils and we believe that we have once again used the funding to great effect. As discussed above, we have spent our allocation in a variety of different areas in an attempt to have the greatest impact, and this appears to have been successful. As previously stated, we believe the greatest impact has been on the amount of pupils choosing to participate in our sports clubs after-school and at lunch time. To keep this sustainable, we have purchased necessary equipment and have an extremely dedicated team of staff who are committed to providing a wide range of activities after school. In addition to the clubs provided by the SSP and external coaches, our staff ran numerous sports clubs, and are prepared to run clubs in years to come. CPD team-teaching with professional sport specific coaches has really benefitted out staff’s knowledge across the sporting spectrum. As previously stated, we always strive to enter as many inter-school events as possible and future years will be no different. We believe that these competitions offer such amazing opportunities to a wide range of pupils, and are great for enhancing social skills and self-esteem. We will continue to participate in as many sports events as possible in years to come, ensuring all children have the chance to experience these competitions. Although we are obviously extremely happy with our overall PE provision, we are constantly discussing how we can further improve each year.
We measure our achievements annually against the nationally recognised ‘School Games’ mark. This 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. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the Mark. OfSTED use the Mark award as part of their inspection framework. The criteria set is very challenging and focuses on a whole school drive towards P.E (rather than the old system of the same few children going out to represent school numerous times). Our action plans and spending therefore largely reflect targets set by these School Games. We were awarded Bronze in 2014, Silver in 2015 and Gold in 2016, 2017 and 2018. If we can achieve Gold in four consecutive years we will be awarded the Platinum Award. This is our goal
Please feel free to visit our school twitter feed for the latest up-to-date P.E activities (https://twitter.com/kingsfoldschool).
If you go back through the photo section you will see plenty of action shots of what our children have been up to!