What is the Sports Premium?
The primary PE and sport premium was introduced in March 2013 to improve the provision of physical education and school sport in primary schools across England. The funding is allocated directly to primary schools and is ring-fenced. This means it may only be spent on improving the provision of PE and sport in schools. Funding is to be used for sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and Sport in school. A key element of this is to ensure quality CPD for teachers to ensure excellent future teaching.
How is Sports Premium used?
As a school we recognise the vital contribution that physical activity makes to health and well-being of children.
Sports Premium has enabled us to hire high quality sports coaches who work alongside our class teachers, to help us to deliver an innovative and varied PE curriculum, and to upskill our class teachers in their teaching of PE.
We use the Sports Premium to purchase quality resources to support our teaching and to provide games equipment to encourage active break times.
Swimming is part of the National Curriculum. Before children leave our school it is expected that they are able to swim 25 metres using a range of strokes and perform basic self-rescue techniques. Children attend swimming lessons at Thornaby Pool during their time in Key Stage 2. Sport Premium funding is used to provide additional lessons for children in Year 6 to help them achieve National Curriculum expectations.
Christ the King offer a wide range of sport extra-curricular activities which are led by teachers and external providers, including Jamie Poole, a semi-professional footballer. Such activities are subsidised by the Sports Premium. Our clubs provide many additional opportunities for pupils to engage in a wide variety of sporting activities including football, hockey, and various forms of dance, table tennis, running, cycling and many more over the course of the academic year.
Increased Participation in Competitive Sports
At Christ the King we strive for success in all areas, including competitive sport. We offer targeted sessions with skilled coaches in a range of sporting disciplines so children are given every opportunity to develop their skills and talents to help them to be the best that they can be. We buy into the Stockton Schools Partnership, providing lots of opportunities for our children to compete in competitions and tournaments, as well as opportunities provided through NPCAT.
The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
Chief Medical Officer Guidelines recommend primary school children undertake at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day in school as part of a healthy lifestyle. To support this recommendation we use ‘active breaks’ within the school day in order to reduce sedentary behaviour and increase physical activity outside of timetabled curriculum PE. This includes children participating in a range of activities including skipping, dancing and The Daily Mile. This is also facilitated by Sports Leaders, who lead active sessions for children at lunch times.