Academic Year 2019-20
Abbeyfields First School received £18,350 in PE and Sport Premium funding in the academic year of 2019-2020.
During that time we have spent £10,500 to become part of the Morpeth and Ponteland School Sports Partnership, which provided us with 5 hours of expert-led curriculum PE, 1 after school club and 1 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.
We spent further money on:
- Swimming for Y3 and Y4 pupils (1 term each) (£2176)
- Provision of teaching assistant hours to support sport and PE. This includes the daily mile, basketball, team football and trim trail use at lunchtimes and small group activities such as parachute and team games during the school day – Autumn and Spring term prior to Lockdown (£3150)
- New Orienteering course – planning, installation and staff training (£1800)
- Resources to enhance PE and outdoor active playtimes. This included new netball posts to introduce a different sport in KS2 and a trolley and equipment for Reception new lunch time play area (£750)
Total spent 2019-2020 – £18376.
Academic Year 2020-21
We expect to receive £18,534 in PE and Sport Premium funding in the academic year 2020-21.
We will spend £10,750 to become part of the Morpeth and Ponteland School Sports Partnership, providing us with 5 hours of expert-led curriculum PE, 1 after-school club and 1 lunchtime 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.
We hope to spend further money (subject to current Covid-19 restrictions) on:
- Swimming for Y3 and Y4 pupils (1 term each) (£2200)
- Match Fit training for Y4 children (£750)
Provision of teaching assistant hours to support sport and PE. This includes the daily mile, basketball, team football and trim trail use at lunchtimes and small group activities such as parachute and team games during the school day. Timetables have been restructured due to Covid-19 and therefore lunchtimes and active playtimes are now being staggered throughout the day. (£4850)
Impact monitored in Academic Year 2019-20
Curriculum PE Sessions:
Children attend sessions 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/or 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.
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 historically by Year 4 teams performing well in a number of competitions with children from other school. Unfortunately this academic year was restricted and cut short due to Covid-19.
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 previous training day. The PE Leader has also helped teachers to complete a ‘heat-mapping’ activity, to identify points in the day where their class were likely to be inactive. Abbeyfields was awarded the Gold School Games award in 2018-2019 and this has been carried forward to 2019-2020.
Extra-curricular sport involvement:
Attendance at After School Clubs at Abbeyfields has always been high. This has continued into the academic year 2019/20 and looks set to continue into the year 2020/21 – Covid-19 allowing. 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 chose 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 in each classroom, 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.
2020 – 2021 and 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 is invaluable – something we simply could not offer on our own or without the benefit of the SSP. Accessing stimulating and supportive CPD will continue to upskill our staff members.