Overview 2021 / 2022
Key strands / How is BCPS meeting these strands?
For the 2021/2022 academic year we have been allocated £25,252.00, which includes £5,650.00 carried forward from 2020/2021. This money is being utilised to significantly develop and extend our PE provision at Burnham on Crouch Primary School (BCPS).
In response to guidelines published by Active Essex BCPS now demonstrates a clear and precise commitment to delivering high quality PE.
For details of our spending and its impact please see the afPE document.
For full details of our spending of the Sports Premium funding and its impact please see the separate afPE document.
Key achievements this year to June 2021:
- Providing high quality PE, via Google Classroom, to all of our children during the various nationwide lockdowns.
- Supporting children to regain fitness and self-confidence as we emerged from lockdown.
- Enabling children to support their mental health through sport and physical activity post lockdown.
- Providing Swimming provision, in line with DfE and afPE guidelines, across the entire school during the 2nd half of the Summer term 2021.
- Providing after school clubs for Years 3 – 6, within their year group “bubbles”. Instilling the “Daily Mile” as everyday practice here at Burnham Primary in order to boost our children’s fitness levels.
Actions for next year
- Participation in Sports fixtures when national and local guidance allows these events to take place.
- Working towards the School Games Award, as the framework opens up once again.
- Refining PE Teaching and Learning towards renewing our afPE Quality Mark.
- Providing more before, lunchtime and after school clubs as restrictions lift locally and nationally.
Key strands / How is BCPS meeting these strands?
1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
As we emerge from lockdown here at BCPS our aim is the engagement of all our children in regular physical activity and kick-starting healthy, active lifestyles is a key motivation within our PE provision. Our PE lessons have focussed upon boosting not only the physical health of our children but also their mental health. This has been achieved by placing a focus on fitness in lessons and relaxation activities such as Yoga. We are carefully waiting to have specialist coaches that deliver dance to our children, including Zumba to our Reception children return into school. We actively encourage our children to travel to school on foot, or by bike or scooter. We have achieved the ‘Enhanced Healthy Schools’ Award and are now looking at implementing a “Park and Stride” scheme to increase our children’s level of activity as they start each day.
The importance of “The Daily Mile” is now more important than ever. As we operate in the new Covid affected world, children in Reception to Year 6 all take part in an additional daily session of exercise. This significantly supports them to enhance their levels of fitness. Another significant link relates to our active promotion and participation in the local ParkRun. A wide range of our children, parents and members of staff were completing this weekly, free running event. This helped them to boost their fitness levels and enjoy their involvement in another opportunity for physical activity. When this event is once again able to operate safely I am confident many members of our school community will once again get involved.
2. The profile of PE and Sport being raised across the school
The profile of PE and Sport within BCPS is being raised across the school and utilised as a tool for whole school improvement. As restrictions lift further we aim to offer a wider range of before, lunchtime and after school clubs. This in turn will enable us to form various sports teams and compete locally against other schools. Ultimately we are focussed upon completing the School Games Mark and renewing our afPE Quality Mark.
Leadership and teamwork qualities are reinforced within the PE curriculum across the whole school. Positive behaviour and fair play are always recognised and praised in PE, whether it be a standout performance within a PE lesson or exemplary standards of sportsmanship recognised in our children at tournaments. The PE clubs led by our specialist, combined with our staggered break and lunchtimes, contribute towards activity throughout the school day. Relationships with parents are very positive: several parents have provided written and direct verbal feedback, enthusiastically commenting about our PE content and delivery. Our PE specific twitter account, alongside Google classroom, was used during lockdown to provide our children with physical challenges to keep their activity levels up during difficult times. We also use the account to quickly share achievements within PE and once again comments from our parents are very supportive and thankful.
3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills in staff delivering PE
Since recruiting a PE specialist, Teaching and Learning of PE is consistently outstanding. Progress is assessed by teacher observation relevant to the sports being taught within the curriculum. Excellent engagement and motivation within PE at BCPS is clear to see. This is underlined by exemplary standards of behaviour within these lessons, modelled by our PE specialist who maintains consistent high standards for all of our children. Children are actively used to lead part of the lesson, for example in Year 5/6 warm-ups. It is also evident that PE lessons at BCPS, are not only solely focussed upon Sport and activity. From Year 1 to 6 scientific knowledge relating to the human body, specifically the bones and muscles, is also taught in preparation for Secondary education.
In order to make PE a sustainable subject we have 2 teachers, one of whom was a PE lead in their previous school, that provide cover in KS1 and KS2. This allows them to support the PE lead and deliver PE lessons when the PE lead is out at fixtures and competitions.
4. Broader range of sport and activities offered to children
The range of sports and activities have been significantly impacted due to the interruption caused by Covid. The health and safety of our children is paramount, therefore PE lessons have been focussed around boosting fitness and using minimal equipment. Activities such as Athletics, Circuit Training, and Yoga have helped our children settle back into school life.
Once given the go ahead from Government and afPE, BCPS will quickly return to a much broader range of sports and activities. Traditional “Winter” and “Summer” sports will be delivered at the relevant times of the year, for example Football, Tag Rugby and Cross Country during the winter months and Tennis, Athletics, Rounders, Swimming and Cricket during the Summer months. Once children are allowed to mix more freely our children with SEND needs will once again be able to participate in disability driven sports like Boccia.
Our higher ability pupils are challenged and support PE delivery, for example a gifted team sports player may work directly with the PE Teacher to observe and analyse others children’s performance. We now have coaching support from Burnham Rugby Club, who help out with our Tag Rugby sessions. We look forward to welcoming these coaches back once it is safe to have them in school. We are also working to develop stronger links with Burnham Football Club, ultimately to inspire our children to commit to lifelong participation in sport whilst enhancing and supporting local clubs. Our PE specialist works closely with our School Council in relation to future sporting opportunities, clubs and sports visits.
5. Increased participation in competitive sport
Competitive sport within our school has been severely, negatively impacted by Covid. We are linked to William De Ferrers secondary school and have competed in a wide range of events including Boys and Girls Football, Dodgeball and Sports Hall Athletics over the last 3 years. We also attend the annual Tag Rugby competitions at both Burnham and Maldon Rugby Clubs. We have significantly enhanced our in-school competitive sports participation, by running inter-house competitions every half term. Inter school competition wise, we have established relationships with Maylandsea, All Saints and St Marys Primary with whom we have played a range of friendlies. We now have very strong links with Panathlon, who specialise in disability events. We have competed against other schools in a Boccia tournament and took part in a disability swimming event held at the London Aquatics centre, a 2012 Olympic venue.
Essex FA have recently released signup forms of Football competitions for the upcoming 2021/2022 season. We sincerely hope these competitions go ahead and look forward to playing competitive football once again, around our local community and across our county.
Finally, our highly successful Year 6 residential has now been on hold for 2 years. We are working hard to source a safe and enjoyable option as we look as far forward as Summer 2022.