Year 3s at an Orienteering Festival
Outdoor Education: Rock Climbing
The Government announced that it would be providing additional funding to improve the provision of physical education and sport in primary schools for the two academic years 2013-14 and 2014-15. This grant has been extended and continues to be provided in to the 2016-17 school year.
The purpose of the ‘Sports Premium’ is to provide schools with additional money to improve the provision of P.E. and school sport. Schools have been given the freedom to choose how they do this.
At Christ Church we are committed to ensuring our children understand the importance of being active, having a healthy lifestyle and enjoy sports and games activities. We place the highest importance on personal health and recognise the significant contribution PE makes to it. Our curriculum ‘drivers‘: ‘Happiness and Well-being’ and ‘Outdoor Education’, and our ‘Active Kids’ Council and ‘Happiness and Well-being Council support our planning and delivery of an innovative and varied PE curriculum. We believe that the breadth of our PE and school sports curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities provides opportunities for engagement and enjoyment which in turn have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of our children.
In 2016-17 we continue to spend Sports Premium Funding in a similar way to 2015-16. The importance of extra-curricular sport was highlighted as a priority by parents on our Parental Survey 2017 and we know this is an area we can develop further. This academic year we have worked with a new coaching company to increase the amount of sport that children can access. In the Summer Term 2017 we are also trialling a Multi-Sports club (similar to Change4Life) where children can try a wide range of sports. We hope this will appeal to children who are not currently accessing a sport.
The impact of participation in wider sporting opportunities cannot be underestimated. As well as the pride, confidence, self-esteem and skills which grow by taking part, there are also social skills such as getting on with others from a different school, meeting new people, being confident in a new environment and listening to instructions from different adults. As a small school, a significant amount of our grant goes into being part of a wider School Partnership so that our children can all participate in these opportunities. We may be a small school but through the partnership our children have access to a wide range of sports and competitions.