Sports Premium

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What is the Sports Premium?
The Government is providing funding to go directly to primary schools to spend on improving the quality of sport and PE for all their children. The sport funding can only be spent on sport and PE provision in schools.

Purpose of funding

Schools must use the funding to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport they offer.

This means that schools can use the premium to:

  • develop or add to the PE and sport activities that the school already offers

  • build capacity and capability within the school to ensure that improvements made now will benefit pupils joining the school in future years

There are 5 key indicators that schools should expect to see improvement across:

  • the engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity - the Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that all children and young people aged 5 to 18 engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, of which 30 minutes should be in school

  • the profile of PE and sport is raised across the school as a tool for whole-school improvement

  • increased confidence, knowledge and skills of all staff in teaching PE and sport

  • broader experience of a range of sports and activities offered to all pupils

  • increased participation in competitive sport

Examples of what we use the funding for include:

  • Subscriptions to the Cambridge School sports partnership http://www.cambridgessp.com/ which organises sports festivals and tournaments and provides coaches to work alongside our teachers in hockey, netball and tennis

  • Paying for professional development opportunities in PE/sport to improve the quality of teaching

  • Providing cover to release primary teachers for professional development in PE/sport and for the PE subject leader to monitor provision

  • Subsidising places for pupils on after school sport clubs and holiday clubs (see above)

  • Subsidising swimming and residential visits to outdoor and adventure centres where children can learn skills such as sailing, archery, high and low wire climbing

  • Buying in orienteering expertise -mapping of the school and staff training

  • Hiring a sports coach to run Stay Active play lunchtime clubs

  • Hiring a dance teacher to run a dance session in the playground during lunchtimes

  • Purchasing new playground equipment chosen by the children for active playtimes

  • Improving the storage of our PE resources

  • Purchasing new sports resources to replace broken or missing ones.

  • Remarking existing lines on the playground and marking out new ones.

At Newnham Croft we believe that the money must be used so that all children benefit regardless of sporting ability; that the most able children are given the opportunity to compete in advanced tournaments; that staff have access to training opportunities and continued professional development. We value our links with local primary and secondary schools and sports clubs. The Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club provide coaching in school and assess children for particular talents.

Newnham Croft promotes a healthy lifestyle, encouraging the children to bring healthy snacks in KS2 and providing fruit and vegetables for Reception and KS1. Our school dinners are cooked on site and use healthy, local produce. We encourage active break times with Year 5 lunchtime buddies organising games and staff/coaches running weekly cross country, Kwik cricket, football and Stay Active clubs. We teach children about health through PSHCE, PE, Science, assemblies and our cross curricula topics. All children learn basic cooking skills, including food hygiene and there are two after school cooking clubs.

PE and sport are an important part of the curriculum for all children at Newnham Croft. Two hours a week quality PE are provided for KS1 and 2, including gymnastics, dance, multi skills, games, athletics, swimming (KS2 only) and outdoor and adventurous activities. Year 5 complete a bikeability course. Swimming is an important part of our PE provision; all children in KS2 have a ten week course during the year. We ensure that all children can swim at least 25m by the end of KS2 and that they have a thorough knowledge of water safety.

In addition we take part in a multitude of intra and inter school sports events. The Cambridge School Sports partnership organises sports festivals and competitions (see CSSP and school website). They also provide a KS2 multi skills academy for children with specific sporting talents Years 4-6. We are part of two football leagues.

At school we organise intra school events in line with the inter school events organized by the CSSP – cross country, football, tag rugby, netball, hockey, dance, cricket and gym. We have an annual sports day in the summer term and dance and gym displays in assemblies.