Overview 2020 / 2021
Key strands / How is BCPS meeting these strands?
The government provides annual funding in the form of the ‘Sports Premium’ specifically for improving provision of Physical Education (PE) and sport in primary schools. This funding is “ring-fenced” and therefore can only be spent on PE enhancements within school.
Key achievements to date:
- Securing afPE Quality Mark
- Securing the Schools Games Silver Award
- Being shortlisted as the Active Essex “Education Champion of the Year”
- Successful implementation of The Daily Mile across the entire School
For the 2020/2021 academic year we were allocated £21,653 which we will utilise to further develop our PE provision at Burnham on Crouch Primary School (BCPS) by:
- Supporting children to regain fitness and self-confidence as we emerge from lockdown and return to school
- Enabling children to support their mental health through sport and physical activity post lockdown
- Work towards securing the Schools Games Gold Award
- Securing the afPE Quality Mark with Distinction, by refining assessment in PE as outlined in our previous assessment
- In collaboration with our Enhanced Healthy Schools application, increase the number of children in the targeted groups who participate in and understand the importance of physical activity from September 2020 to Summer 2021
For full details of our spending of the Sports Premium funding and its impact please see the separate afPE document.
In response to guidelines published by Active Essex please read below how we demonstrate a clear and precise commitment to delivering high quality PE and Sport for all.
Key strands / How is BCPS meeting these strands?
1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
The engagement of all our children in regular physical activity and kick-starting healthy, active lifestyles has always been a key motivator within our PE provision. Following lockdown and schools fully re-opening, our PE lessons, more than ever, have focused not only the physical health of our children but also their mental health, placing a focus on fitness in lessons and relaxation activities such as Yoga. We continue to have specialist coaches that deliver dance to our children, including Zumba to our Reception children. 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” initiative to increase our children’s daily level of activity outside of school.
The importance of “The Daily Mile” (DM) is now more important than ever. As we operate in the new Covid affected world, all children from Reception to Year 6 take part in this additional daily session of exercise in order to regain previous levels of fitness. In addition, as a school comminuty we promote Park Run where a large number of our children, parents and members of staff complete the weekly, free running event.
2. The profile of PE and Sport being raised across the school
The profile of PE and sport within BCPS continues to be raised across the school and utilised as a tool for whole school improvement. This was underlined in our successful outcome for the afPE Quality Mark. We have also secured the Silver School Games Mark in relation to our level of participation in Sport. Moving forward we aim to achieve the Gold School Games Mark and convert our afPE Quality Mark to Distinction level.
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: many parents have provide 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.
3. Increased confidence, knowledge and skills in staff delivering PE
Since recruiting a PE specialist, the 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 focused upon Sport and activity but 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 two teachers, one of which was a PE lead in their previous school, who 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 of Covid. The health and safety of our children is paramount, therefore PE lessons have been focused 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 outside of their bubbles, 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 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. We have also established inter school competitions with Maylandsea, All Saints and St Mary’s 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.
Unfortunately Essex FA have also cancelled all school competitions for this season, another set of fixtures we have enthusiastically enjoyed hosting and travelling across Essex in order to compete. We sincerely hope the current climate will change and become safe for our children to compete against their peers within our school, around our local community and across our county.
Finally, our highly successful Year 6 residential at PGL in Osmington Bay, Dorset, provided excellent Outdoor Adventurous Activities opportunities for our children and utilises a 2012 Olympic venue when we took part in water-based sessions at the Weymouth Sailing Centre. Our current plan is to explore a new provider “The Bushcraft Company” for a truly unique camping residential, however this is on hold until the safety of our children is guaranteed.