This essential part of the curriculum aims to help pupils to perform with increasing skill in all athletic, dance, games, swimming and outdoor and adventurous activities undertaken. We are an active member of the Redcar and Eston School Sports Partnership so children regularly have the opportunity to represent the school in a variety of sports and earn points for the school in the competition league.
The government is providing funding of £150 million per annum to provide new and 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 PE for all their children. At Wheatlands this will mean around £18,000 for the 2020/2021 year.
All schools have to spend the sport funding on improving their provision of PE and sport, but there is freedom to choose how we do it. At Wheatlands Primary School we recognise the contribution of PE to the health and well-being of the children. In addition, we believe that an innovative and varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all children.
Prior to restrictions placed upon us by Covid-19, Wheatlands Primary School, strived to provide all our children with as many sporting activities, and opportunities to be as physically active as possible. In the course of a normal year, we would ensure and commit to all children having two hours of timetabled PE, during which we would focus upon delivering a high quality teaching of core skills, culminating in more sports focused teaching in Years 5 and 6. During lessons, we would provide opportunities for intra-class or House competitions while encouraging children to display good sportsmanship.
Normally, we would also have a dedicated group of sports leaders who run lunchtime activities and personal challenges for younger children. We also have a rotation of sports crew which means that all children in KS2 have the chance to lead during their PE lessons. In addition to this, we usually offer after school sports clubs that run throughout the year including cricket, rugby, hockey, running, football, gymnastics and dance. We also have a successful boys’ football team who take part in the schools’ league and the Wilf Mannion competition.
During a normal school year, we support local sports clubs such as Redcar Rugby club, Redcar squash club, Grangetown netball club, Redcar Athletic, Redcar Wild Cats, Yoga Bugs and Dance Magic. Many of these clubs have delivered high quality coaching to our children during PE lessons. As a school, we are committed to providing the children with as many competitive opportunities as possible and if the Sports Partnership competitions were running as normal we would be entering them all and encouraging as many children as possible to participate. Alongside this, the children would be given the opportunity to attend fun, development days that are on offer.
Despite the current restrictions, as a school, we are committed and are still able to offer the children some fantastic opportunities which are listed below:
· We will be running all of the usual Sports Partnership competitions, in school, using SSP’s resources. The children will all have the opportunity to take part and win medals and certificates which will be celebrated in our Friday Zoom assembly in the usual way.
· Children are still being scheduled 2 hours of PE per week and sports crew have been selected by each class to lead parts of the PE lesson thus developing the children’s confidence and leadership qualities. We are also still able to run intra-bubble competitions during this time.
· Balance bike and Bikeabilty training will still happen this year and will take place under a modified set-up to conform with government guidance.
· Walk to School month has been arranged for later this term when the children will have the chance to win a badge just by walking or scooting to school.
· We have still have established links with Yorkshire Cricket’s Chance to Shine programme who will be coaching our older children in the spring term. Children in the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception classes) follow a programme of activities, both indoors and outside, to provide experiences to develop motor skills and physical development in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Guidance. On entering KS1, children will follow the PE National Curriculum Programme of Study.
In the future, we hope to resume after school clubs and to re-establish links with as many local sports clubs as possible. The School Sports Partnership is also ready to resume off-site competitions and developments days as soon as it is safe to do so. Additionally, we will look to train Y5 and Y6 children as sports leaders to deliver lunchtime activities, as soon as we are able to mix bubbles.