A huge part of the ethos at Larkhall is expressing your talents. The benefits of sports and sporting competitions go beyond the match as children learn lifelong skills such as resilience, hard work, collaboration and sportsmanship.
WHAT IS THE SPORTS PREMIUM?
As of September 2013 all maintained schools in England are being given additional government funding to improve PE and sport in schools. As a school we assess and report on how effectively this is being used. Larkhall was given £18,836 to spend in 21/22.
This funding is being jointly provided by the Departments for Education and will see money going directly to schools to be spent on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. All state-maintained schools, academies, middle schools, special schools and pupil referral units which have primary aged pupils will receive the funding.
This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision for PE and sport in schools. We will be held accountable for how we have used the additional funding to support pupils progress and participation in PE and school sport. We are required to publish online information about how we have used the additional funding, including details about our sporting provision alongside curriculum details. This will ensure that parents/carers and others are made fully aware of the PE and sporting provision at Larkhall Primary Campus.
How we used the funding for school year 2021/2022
At Larkhall Primary Campus, we aim to establish a sporting culture that enables and encourages all children to play and enjoy sport, encourages and promotes healthy lifestyles and celebrates achievement.
We aim to:
- Improve the quality of the school P.E. programme by:
- Employing a specialist teacher to teach pupils and inspire staff
- Delivering P.E. focused staff training through staff meetings
- Using assessment tools for pupils and staff to identify areas for development
- Investigating and exploring good practice from other schools to further improve our own P.E. curriculum
- Enhancing the fitness levels of all children
- Offer a range of extra-curricular sports club to develop children’s skills and involvement in sport.
- Enter teams into a wide range of school sport competitions.
- Foster links between local clubs to provide outlets for children identified as being gifted and talented.
- Deliver an exciting and memorable sports day.
How we will use the Sports Funding for 2022 – 2023
- Invest in the professional development of staff and the subject leader to increase their ability to deliver high-quality P.E. for years to come.
- Support and engage the least active children through new and additional sporting opportunities during the school year once they have been identified.
- Increase the amount of competitive sport in which all of our children participate, through intra and inter-school fixtures, and the London Youth Games (by funding entry to these competitions, providing medals and refreshments).
- Ensure children and families are given the opportunity to participate in Health and Wellbeing sessions.
We will evaluate the impact of the Sports Premium funding as part of our normal self-evaluation and provision mapping arrangements. We will look at how well we use our Sport Premium to improve the quality and breadth of PE and sporting provision, including increasing participation in PE and sport so that all pupils develop healthy lifestyles and reach the performance levels they are capable of.
Measuring the impact of the activities provided with sports premium funding can be achieved in different ways. We will look at progress in PE as well as other areas of development such as self-esteem, confidence and the numbers of pupils involved in sporting activities in and out of school. We will also evaluate the impact of professional development opportunities in improving teaching and learning in PE. By the end of the academic year we will publish statistics showing the participation rates in competitive sporting opportunities.
UPH (Understanding Physical Health) continues to play an incredibly important role within Larkhall. Children are enthused and excited about PE. They now benefit from improved provision within lessons and after school which has been monitored and improved on based on feedback provided from the subject leader. A wider range of clubs were on offer; children’s fitness improved – partially down to the legacy of the ‘SchoolsRun’ initiative; the least active children were targeted for additional support.
Gymnastics continues to be very popular both in curriculum PE and as an after school club (which does have a specialist coach) with the children and there has been both local and national success with several children achieving well above their age range.
Our intra-school competition developed massively so that all children gained more regular experience of competition within their houses, across a range of sports. Each term there were winning houses within each year group and for the school as a whole.
A large number of external competitions were entered – including School Games – with varying levels of success. This continues to be an area for development and is a big priority for our full time sports specialist who is introducing additional practices as well as taking a lead on all of the competitive events.
We continued our association with Fulham Football club through the after-school provision and also made new links with a local hockey club (London Wayfarers) who were able to secure funding to provide us with a specialist hockey coach for an after-school club.
Due to our intra-school competitions, typically 100% of children engaged in at least one competition over an academic year. In year 6 over 70% of children represent the school in external competitive opportunities (up from 60% the previous year), whilst in year 5 the figure is typically just below 50%. Altogether across this Phase 3, more children are participating when compared to previous years.
Phase 2 (Year 3 and Year 4) continues to be where participation rates are lower (around 30%) because of fewer events. However, this is improving when compared to previous years. Participation in Phase 1 (Year 1 and Year 2)Eremains good in the recent year, with over 50% of children in both Years 1 and 2 attending external sporting events, similar to the previous year. Once again we will aim to improve these figures next year.
Sports Day is always a huge success, combining inclusive events so that the whole school were involved, with competitive races so that the most talented athletes had their opportunity to shine. Parents and teachers were also hugely involved in making the day such a success.
Sports Clubs on offer during the year: football, gymnastics, hockey, rugby, boxing, handball, netball, tennis, athletics, AFL (Aussie Rules Football), basketball, cricket, yoga, kickboxing and KS1 multi-skills.