Sport and PE Funding 2020/21
Physical Activity Funding Statement 2020/21
What is the Sports Premium?
The government has provided funding of £150 million per annum since 2015 to provide substantial primary school sport funding. The funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education, Health and Culture, Media and Sport, and will see money going directly to primary school head teachers to spend on improving the quality of sport and Physical Activity (PA) for all their children. The money can only be spent on sport and PA provision in schools. In 2019/20 we received £16,220.
Purpose of the funding
Schools will have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PA and sport, but they will have the freedom to choose how they do this.
At Yealand C of E Primary School we recognise the contribution of Physical Activity to the health and well-being of the children. In addition, it is considered that an innovative and varied PA curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.
The governors agree that the money must be used so that all children benefit regardless of their sporting ability. It’s important that we use this money wisely to promote sport and Physical Activity.
The school works closely with 3-1-5 Sports and Leisure Centre, Lancaster. Each week the children and staff spend an afternoon at the centre working with professional trainers. During their time at the centre the children have covered a number of skills including dance, cross country running, exercise and healthy living. This year (2020/21) we will continue the partnership with the centre but will also be working with other specialist P.E. coaches who offer hockey, football, cricket, basketball and dance.
A weekly lunch sports club is lead by Morecambe Football Club, this is open to all ages from Nursery to Year 6. All children are encouraged to take an active part in the club.
Funding last year, was allocated to subsidise the outdoor pursuits residential for KS2 pupils. Year 3 & 4 children attended Borwick Hall for a two night residential were they took part in climbing, canoeing and other outdoor activities. Unfortunately, due to school closure in March 2020, the Year 5&6 visit to Conwy, Wales did not go ahead. However, there are a number of outdoor activities throughout the year planned for the whole school.
Throughout the school year pupils take an active part in local sporting competitions. Money is allocated from the Sports Funding for transport and additional equipment and kit needed for these events.
June 2021, Swallow Class visited Tower Woods, Windermere for a 3-day residential. This visit was subsidised by the allocated grant for the school year. Children took part in a number of outdoor activities, which proved to be both challenging and lots of fun.
All pupils at the school from Reception to Year 6 swim weekly.
Within this Year 6 cohort (2019/20), despite school closure all pupils; 100% met the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres. They can use a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.
Due to the restrictions in place and availability of swimming facilities, the children were unable to return to swimming lesson during 2020/21.
During 2019/20, some PE funding was allocated to cover training taking place to ensure that staff were equipment and skilled for outdoor learning. Forest School takes place weekly and funding supports the staffing and continuation of this outdoor activity.
2020/21 proposed projects
The Senior Leadership Team are exploring the opportunity to develop the outdoor space further.
Impact on pupils’ PE and sport participation and attainment
All pupils enjoy the outdoors and this year this has been particularly important. Taking part in the activities provided through the PE funding pupils have a better understanding of how to stay healthy in both body and mind. Staying physically fit through daily exercise ensures that pupils maintain optimum academic performance. It visually boosts their mood and has shown to improve memory function following a session of PE. Taking part in sports also supports the pupils to socially interact with others and teaches general camaraderie from team play.