The government is providing £150 million per annum until August 2020 to improve PE and sport in primary schools. This funding is jointly provided by the Departments of Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport and will take the form of an annual lump sum to school. For the year beginning April 2017-April 2018 Broomhill Infant School received £16,789 under the above scheme which is allocated to coaching costs for the year.
PE and sport at Broomhill Infant school.
The core of our PE and sport is built on our membership of the Arches School Sport Partnership. We are currently part of a two year bronze package programme.
This involves having a dedicated coach and added expert coaches working alongside staff in school every Wednesday. Each class has a one hour session with the coach.
Our coach also runs after school clubs and lunchtime activities and supervises Change4Life games and equipment on the playground through the Positive Playtime programme.
This year our focus is as follows:
Autumn1 - Rugby
Autumn 2 - Dance
Spring 1 - Gymnastics
Spring 2 - Football
Summer 1 - Tennis
Summer 2 - Athletics
After school clubs by half term:
- Cheerleading (lunch time)
- Multi skills
- Core strength sessions “wobble workshop” (also happens every morning break time.)
- Our lunchtime supervisors support the children on the playground with competitive games and personal best times for the ‘Broomhill Mile’. All this activity is improving fitness and the certificates awarded are a motivating factor too!
The PE and sports year
- All children wear a PE kit which puts them in the correct frame of mind for some enjoyable and challenging physical activity.
- We link healthy eating and physical exercise throughout the curriculum and start the year with a sponsored skip in our healthy living week in October, raising money for the Children’s Hospital..
- Inter class competition is ongoing.
- Year 2 swimming will begin in the Spring 2018 term.
- Our involvement in the annual Octagon Dance
- Performance is eagerly anticipated and children audition for membership of the Broomhill Team!
- Visits to the English Institute of Sport to participate in mini Olympic style activities.
- Collaboration with King Edward lower and senior schools.
- Their students provide FUNDAMENTALS activities and competitions for local infant schools. Our children enjoy being involved as part of “Team Broomhill”
- Arches led competitions; especially the five a side football competition is a new venture for us and we hope to see great players of the future.
- Our year culminates in a grand celebration of the year’s work at the Goodwin Sports ground for our Broomhill Sports Day. Mixed age groups form teams to participate in the competition. They are always well supported by parents and friends of the school.
The national funding has resulted in an increased, regular and focussed level of physical activity in PE sessions and cross curricular work in school.
Children look forward to and enjoy sport and PE during the day and after school. This has led to an increased uptake of after school and lunchtime clubs. We have been able to target pupil premium children and enhance the experience of children with complex special needs.
There has been a sustained development of teamwork and leadership skills in all age groups. This overlaps with and complements other subject areas including our Forest School status. Children use the resilience and perseverance skills learned in Forest school in PE and the team player and team leader skills learned in PE when they participate in Forest School learning.
Children are given the opportunity to bring their sporting and physical achievements to a special assembly where they are celebrated and other children learn a little about an activity they may like to try for themselves. This is then displayed on the achievements tree for all to read and discuss.
Learning and teaching.
Funding has enabled us to maintain regular CPD through the Arches and teachers work alongside our coach in school every week. Observations of lessons are regularly carried out by the PE co-ordinator and teachers report feeling supported with lesson plans and new ideas and up to date practice. This serves as continuous professional development alongside CPD at Forge Valley School (Arches led courses) Teachers have benefitted from the input of specialist coaches for gymnastics and dance provided by the Arches partnership as these were areas we prioritised at the beginning of our package.
Our coach has helped greatly in school by auditing equipment and advising on updating and purchasing suitable replacements. Safety checks and age appropriate substitutions have been made in the course of the year.
Having the right place to play games, dance and perform gymnastics and be physically active is vital in ensuring that more children are physically
active. Sport England consulted with around 3,000 primary schools, and found that many schools have very little or no outside space which can currently be used for Physical Education (P.E.) or sport, making it difficult for such sessions to take place. As a result of their findings, Sport England invested £18 million of National Lottery funding to improve primary school Physical Education (PE), sport and activity facilities in 2014 – Primary Spaces Funding. With a need to develop our outdoor playground and sports facilities, a bid was put in for £28,500 worth of new investment. In July 2014, we were delighted to find out that our application was successful. This new investment went towards new activity flooring, a bouldering wall, goal net and basketball hoop, activity fencing and activity track.
In Autumn 2017 we achieved the Sheffield Schools Silver Award for our attainment in P.E. and sport.
We are proud to be working towards our Gold Award.
Areas for development
- Form a Broomhill sports crew (children to meet each half term to discuss and action sports activities in school)
- Maintain sports noticeboard.
- Initiate links with local community sports clubs.