In April 2013, the Government announced new funding (Sport Premium) for Physical Education to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sport provision at school. The aim is to improve children’s physical literacy and development of fundamental movement skills, to promote active and healthy lifestyles and to enhance sporting opportunities to promote the Olympic legacy. At Thorpe Primary School we have identified several areas which we aim to improve and enhance through the use of Sport Premium funding, in order to raise participation and achievement for all pupils in PE, sport and physical activity. Each school receives £16000 plus £10 per pupil on roll.
School Games Platinum Award
We are delighted with our success in achieving the School Games Platinum award for our sustained commitment to high quality P.E and physical activity at Thorpe. We are recognised for our wealth of opportunities and for the involvement of our pupil premium, less active and talented groups. Our strong exit route opportunities for children have been recognised , after we have developed our local community and club links.
At Thorpe Primary School our vision for PE is to develop the children’s enjoyment of physical activity. We want children to learn how to co-operate with each other and how to work successfully as part of a group. We want them to learn rules and establish boundaries. We strive to create opportunities for children to challenge themselves in a practical setting and to develop confidence and improve their levels of self –esteem. Through our teaching in PE we want to enable children to develop and explore physical skills with increasing control and co-ordination and to develop children’s levels of physical activities and fundamental skills.
With the Sports premium funding we would hope that all groups of children are able to access out of school hours learning and that the number of children taking part would increase. We want all children to enjoy PE and access sports and activities which they would not usually have the opportunities to take part in. We would like to develop the competitive provision across school and develop sporting spirit. We hope to increase uptake in physical activity for all groups of children and establish links with the local community to increase the number of children taking part in physical activity outside of the curriculum. We would aim to educate children about healthy choices and promote possibilities to maintain active healthy lifestyles. Finally, through sport we would hope to improve children’s focus, positive energy, perseverance and team working skills to enhance outcomes in all aspects of the curriculum, including reading, writing and maths.
National Curriculum Plan for P.E
In the EYFS children learn and explore basic movement skills, they develop these skills throughout their time Thorpe and leave as confident movers who are able to play a wide range of sports
Key Stage One and Key Stage Two
In KS1 children experience dance, games, athletics and gymnastics. In KS2, pupils also have lessons in swimming and outdoor/adventurous activities.
In gymnastics children develop their balances, sequences and gross motor skills (climbing, jumping, balance etc). We play a wide variety of team games and we love to take advantage of our large playing field for outdoor activities of many kinds. Lessons involving the use of small apparatus (bats, balls, skipping ropes etc) develop the children's fine motor skills, such as catching, throwing and hand/eye co-ordination. During the summer the children do athletics on the school field and learn the fundamentals of running, jumping and throwing events. This prepares us for our annual sports day, held each year in July for all children.
Children in year 4 attend swimming lessons at Morley Leisure Centre, where they are taught by trained instructors. The programme includes water confidence, safety and stroke technique.
We have also enjoyed learning the fundamental skills of rowing, golf, netball and rugby from visiting professionals. At Thorp, we believe that it is important to provide all children with a wide range of physical activities in order to encourage them to adopt an active, healthy lifestyle.
The children are also given the opportunity to take part in a range of sporting events and competitions, including multi-skills, gymnastics, football, netball, cross country, dodge ball, sports hall athletics and rugby. We believe in healthy competition, teaching the children to do their best and be gracious in victory and defeat.
The school also runs a wide variety of before and after-school clubs, some of which are led by teachers, coaches from local teams, and teachers from one of our link schools (Rodillian Academy) These include multi-skills, athletics, rugby, dance, running and netball.