Sports Premium

Vision for the Primary PE and Sport Premium

All pupils leaving primary school are physically literate and have the knowledge, skills and motivation necessary to equip them for a healthy, active lifestyle and life-long participation in physical activity and sport.

Our Sports Premium has allowed us to sustain the future by improving sporting activities throughout the whole school and broadening pupils understanding of the wealth of activities that can be undertaken to improve physical fitness and promote positive mental health and wellbeing. All our pupils are engaged in regular physical activities, with the introduction of morning sports clubs allowing more pupils to access extra-curricular activities.

Pupils have the opportunity to experience a much broader range of sports activities in their games lessons throughout their primary school journey including swimming, outdoor education, cricket, football, netball, basketball, dance, gymnastics, dodgeball, tennis, athletics and learning to ride a bike through the Bikeability programme.

Pupils have many opportunities to participate in intra- and inter-competitions in many different sports throughout the year. These links were created as a result of the funding but are now established contacts that will enable these events to continue in the future.

All our pupils from EYFS up to Year 6 learn to swim with qualified swim coaches, undertaking lessons every other week. Pupils initially work on water confidence and then when ready, they begin to develop their stroke technique. Through the use of qualified swimming staff, we have been able to sustain our high standards and the vast majority of pupils leave school being able to swim without the use of water aids and all pupils leave with increased water confidence.

Pupils are directed to local sports clubs when they wish to play for external teams. We have links with East Lancs Cricket Club, Lammack Football Club and West Pennine Netball Club. The Sports Premium funding has been used to broaden pupils’ experiences of physical exercise as part of outdoor activities such as orienteering, water sports, fire building and outdoor cooking. We are also keen to provide pupils with experiences of watching professional teams play. Some of these wider experiences include the chance to attend professional football matches at the weekend. There are also opportunities to watch ice skating matches, as we have forged links with the local ice-skating rink.

This year we have continued to further develop our practice by training some of our Year 5 pupils to work with younger pupils during playtime. Our aim is to equip our Year 5 pupils each year to become play leaders to enable more structured play and new games for the younger pupils to enjoy.

As part of our sustainability, we will continue the training of staff to ensure everyone involved with the delivery of sport is fully up-to-date with new initiatives.