Sport / PE
Our Vision for PE
Our vision for PE, at Loxley Primary School, is to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to take part in and show progression through a variety of different sporting activities according to their needs and abilities. We believe that sport is integral to all children’s growth and feel that it plays a key part in their spiritual, moral and cultural development.
How We Are Making Our Vision a Reality
At Loxley, we believe it is important for children to take part in a range of both competitive and non-competitive sports. Through competition and challenge we want pupils to be able to celebrate the occasions when they are successful, whilst realising that team work and fair play has a key role to play in not only the sporting world but also their own lives. For this to be achieved all children take part in 2 hours a week of PE lessons. As well as this, they are encouraged to take part in active sessions at lunch time through the use of: imaginative play, play-ground leader games or organised events run by outside sporting companies. At least on a weekly basis, after school, we always provide a sporting club which cater for key stage one and key stage two. As well as these opportunities, Loxley take part in many festivals and competitions, which often take place out of school hours, against other schools in the local area. Taking part in festivals and competitions allows the children the chance to put skills learnt during lessons into practise and also gives them the opportunity to make links with other sporting clubs in the local area. Currently, we have made great links with our local Badminton Club, at Wisewood, and with the Sheffield Hatters at Goals for Basketball.
How the Government are helping to develop PE?
To help support with the development and delivery of PE, the Department of Education and Department of Health have set up a funding programme known as ‘The PE and School Sports Grant’ (Sport Premium) This scheme is set to run from 2013 – 2015. Each year Primary Schools will receive a grant of £8,000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil. This money is to be used to promote the development of PE during curriculum and after school hours. To help make the correct decisions for our school we have chosen to continue working alongside the School Sports Partnership called LINKs. This company do what their name suggests and provides links with other local schools for competitions/ festivals, links with feeder Secondary Schools and finally links with local sporting communities. For more information about LINKS please visit http://links-ssp.com/
What have we chosen to spend the Schools Sport Premium on?
So far we have spent £500 on the support from LINKs who have provided us with coaching support, CPD training, festival/ competitions dates and help with compiling a thorough PE action plan.
After analysing our action plan it was decided that teachers would like support in the delivery of Gymnastics and Outdoor Adventurous Activities. Therefore, we have used £1,690, of the sports premium to pay for a full terms worth of Gymnastics coaching and £1,110 for a full terms worth of OAA coaching (all classes will receive half a term’s worth of coaching during these times).
As well as this, the money has been spent on the cost of coach travel to sporting events and the replenishment of any PE equipment needed along with some after school clubs held by outside agencies. We are also spending £1000 for the year for expert badminton coaching held at Wisewood Sports Centre. This is done by Paralympic coach Richard Morris. The badminton sessions are run as part of the curriculum with the Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 children being involved. Finally, we have decided that we will use some of the Sports Premium on our annual Health Week where we will be able to make great connections with local sporting clubs.
After School Clubs
The types of sports clubs we offer changes on a termly or half-termly basis so we can offer a range of activities which appeal to the different interests and ages of children at our school.
Recent Sport Achievements.
Some of the current Y6 children (Adam, Alex, William Gom, Joseph, Juliette, Emily and Chloe) recently took part in a Y5 Hotshots Basketball competition. They sailed through the first round and competed in the first City Finals Heat. They played fantastically well and worked exceptionally hard as a team and eventually came 3rd overall, being knocked out by St Wifred’s and Oughtibridge, who carry on to the final round. The children were extremely proud of their efforts and some of our children were even scouted for their talent and have been invited to play for the Sheffield Hatters Basketball team at GOALs.
The current Y5s had a great day out recently at the E.I.S taking part in an Indoor Athletics Competition against many local Primary Schools. The class had a fantastic time and really enjoyed being able to compete in a real athletics stadium.
The Y5/Y6 boys’ football team finished third in their league and for the first time last year we entered a girls’ team who performed very well.
Eli and Harry have now joined Wisewood Badminton Club. They represented our school in the Sheffield Schools Under 11 tournament in February 2014. They came a very creditable fourth in the competition and Harry was asked to attend a Yorkshire tournament.
Finally some Y5 and Y6 Gifted and Talented children took part in an Indoor Athletics Cluster event at E.I.S. They competed alongside some of our neighbouring schools and came 5th overall. They were a real credit to the school and were true sporting competitors.