Academic Year 2018-19
Abbeyfields First School has received around £18,000 from both the Sugar Tax Funding and the PESP in the academic year of 2018-19.
During that time we have spent £10,550 to become part of the Morpeth and Ponteland School Sports Partnership, which provides us with 5 hours of expert-led curriculum PE, one after school club and one lunch time club per week as well as access to sports competitions, sports festivals and sports CPD which is open to all of our teaching staff (including trainee and associate staff) throughout the year.
At Abbeyfields we highly value PE and Sport. We have spent further money on:
- Match Fit training for 60 Year 4 children (£700)
- Swimming for 55 Year 3 and 60 Year 4 pupils (1 term each) (£500)
- Staff training and time to deliver OT and strength building skills to target children.
Impact monitored in Academic Year 2018-19
Curriculum PE Sessions:
Children attend sessions of 1 hour in length, in their class group (usually around 30 pupils). The lesson is led by our Specialist PE teacher, Miss Simpson, and supported by the class teacher and usually a TA or LSA. This ensures high quality teaching through well planned and well-resourced lessons; the supernumerary position of the specialist teacher means that she is free to set up ready for the lesson without the pressures of a class to administrate. The specialist teacher is also able to leave the class teacher with ideas and strategies to best extend the children’s skills in their second weekly PE lesson, which is generally a further hour.
As a result of this, standards in PE have remained high and children’s and teachers’ confidence is also buoyant. Children are able to identify their progress for themselves, and the difference in attainment from Reception age to Year 4 is clear. This has been evidenced by Year 4 teams performing well in a number of competitions with children from other schools this year, including the Athletics team, who won Gold at the School Games in June 2019.
The curriculum provides a broad and balanced sporting approach. There is a mix of team sports, individual sports and creative sports offered throughout the year, which is topped up with basic fitness skills and exercise sessions to support the children’s levels of fitness and overall activity. Children are encouraged to compete in a friendly and fair manner. School Sports Day is competitive, but all children take part. In Year 3 and 4 there are further opportunities to take part in inter-school competitions if children are keen to do so, although the inclusive natures of sport and activity continues.
Teachers at Abbeyfields also make classroom teaching as active as possible, with several teachers sharing good practice from their additional ‘active learning’ sessions on a recent training day. PE Leaders also complete a ‘heat-mapping’ activity, to identify points in the day where their class were likely to be inactive as part of the application for the school Games mark in 2018/19 where Abbeyfields was awarded GOLD!
Extra-curricular sport involvement:
Attendance at After School Clubs at Abbeyfields has always been high. This has continued into the academic year 2018/19 and looks set to continue into the year 2019/20. This is something that is monitored closely and as a result, the activities on offer change frequently in response to pupils’ interests and the engagement of the school community. Many after school activities that happen on the school site are free: e.g. after school clubs offered by the specialist teacher and Mrs Kirby’s morning running club. Other activities are heavily subsidised by the school – to keep the costs to children below or at £3 per session. The aim of this is to allow all children the opportunity to join in, no matter their financial constraints. During recent years, places at those clubs have been subsidised for ‘Looked After’ and ‘Pupil Premium’ children.
School Life Enhancement:
PE is valued highly at Abbeyfields and sporting successes, either personal or school led, are celebrated regularly through the school newsletter. Sporting achievement and continued participation is also celebrated weekly through the achievement assembly, where pupils can share certificates and trophies from their out of school hobbies.
Where particular skills and talents are identified in our pupils, we strive to support their parents in accessing specialist clubs and training. We offer links to a number of clubs; most typically the local Rugby, Football and Gymnastics organisations.
Planning for the Future
Going forward, we feel that it is vital to continue our membership of the Morpeth and Ponteland School Sports Partnership. The specialist teaching is outstanding and the opportunities for our children to access high quality taster sessions and workshops in a wide range of sporting activities in invaluable – something we simply could not offer on our own or without the benefit of the PESP. Accessing stimulating and supportive CPD will continue to upskill our staff members.