At Norfolk Community Primary School we believe Physical Education and Sport have the potential to change young people’s lives for the better. We recognise that it is really important for children to be physically active because it is good their health and wellbeing. We also know that pupils can have their self-esteem and sense of pride greatly enhanced by participation in competition and physical activity – pushing them to new limits, building their resilience and sense of belonging to a team and to the school.
We welcomed the Government’s announcement in June 2013 to provide additional funding to improve provision of Physical Education and Sport in Primary Schools. This money is called the School Sports Premium Grant. Funding for schools is calculated by the number of primary aged pupil (between the ages of 5 and 11) on roll at the time of the School Census. All schools with 17 or more primary aged pupil will receive a lump sum of £8000 plus a premium of £5 per pupil.
The annual amount of School Sports Premium Grant for 2016 – 2017 is £9645.
What does the School Sport Premium mean for my School?
At Norfolk Community Primary School we already had a strong relationship with the LINKS School Sports Partnership. They continue to work closely with us, planning and delivering PE lessons and Sport Initiatives. The Partnership Member ship (£3000) also enables us to compete at inter-school level as the LINKS partnership organises and hosts an array of tournaments and competitions throughout the year.
We have split the funding into 3 key areas; Physical Education, Healthy Active Lifestyles and Competitive Sports.
In 2016-2017 the School Sport Premium will be spent on the following:
Continuing Professional Development
In order to ensure the legacy of the School Sports Premium Grant can continue, after the funding has finished ,we have decided to employ a PE specialist to deliver an extensive programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Luke Marsh has been employed by the school with the remainder of the School Sport Premium Grant (£6450) being used to part fund his salary. The rest of his salary is funded by central budget.
This academic year Luke Marsh will undertake an extensive CPD programme working with Year 1, Year 3 and Year 5 in the first instance.
High Quality PE lessons
Luke Marsh will also work with both Year 2 and Year 6 delivering high quality PE lessons. It is felt that the children in each of these year groups are at a fundamental age with regards to developing their talents in PE.
Healthy Active Lifestyles
As part of Luke Marsh’s role a range of clubs and activities are available for all children to participate in, both after school and at lunchtimes. At lunchtimes, Luke Marsh plays both football and basketball with KS1 and KS2 children.
These are just some of the clubs that have been running this year:
Dance, Climbing, Norfolk Active, Cross Country, Ultimate Frisbee, Sports Hall Athletics, Tri Golf, Basketball, Football and KS1 Fundamentals!
Following the success of the Norfolk Active programme last year, Luke Marsh will run this again this year. This club will target 15 children who find PE difficult, need to improve their overall fitness and become healthier. Five children were trained as leaders as part of last year’s initiative so they will become leaders for this year too. Luke Marsh will spend 4 – 5 weeks training 5 new leaders along with the 5 old leaders with a view to these 10 children organising and leading activities at the club. The targeted children will hopefully be motivated by their peers and the leaders will develop a sense of responsibility and leadership.
Norfolk Community Primary School has entered, in the past year, a variety of competitions and inter-school events. Some of these festivals were designed to give all pupils a positive competitive experience but also provide opportunities for talented children to showcase and develop their talents. Last academic year we attended:
Y6 boys football competition where we finished joint 1st place;
Y5/6 girls football completion where we finished 4th place;
Y4 girls and boys football competition where we finished 1st place
Y4,5,6 Sports Hall Athletics where we finished first in 2 meets and 3rd in the overall standings.
Y3/4 Tri-golf competition for SEND children 2nd place.
The LINKS school sport partnership provides us with excellent opportunity to compete both locally with in our cluster and city wide.
At present we use our Sports Premium Grant to employ a PE specialist – Mr Marsh.
Mr Marsh is more than just a PE teacher. He works closely with our PE and Sports subject leader, Mrs Whiteley, to make sure that all our children participate and enjoy physical activity. He is employed to:
- Work with teachers to deliver top quality lessons.
- Run a wide variety of after school and holiday clubs such as football, and the really popular Virgin Active fitness club
- Develop our teams and improve our access to sporting competitions against other schools such as the city wide Sport Hall Athletics
- Maintain links with our local PE and Sports Partnership so that we are able to take advantage of all the great opportunities in Sheffield for a wide range of sports, from athletics and bouldering to volleyball.
- Maintain a really high profile for PE and Sport in school
Mr Marsh regularly chooses children to be recognised and celebrated as Norfolk Community Primary School Sports Personalities. Keep an eye on the PE and Sport display to see who our most recent Sports Personalities are. They are chosen because they display good sporting values – such as teamwork, enthusiasm and honesty – not necessarily because they are always winners!