Overview 2019 / 2020
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.
For the 2019/2020 academic year we were allocated £21,653 which we have utilised to significantly develop and extend our PE provision at Burnham on Crouch Primary School (BCPS).
In accordance with guidelines published by Active Essex, BCPS continues to demonstrate a clear and focused commitment to delivering high quality PE.
For details of our spending and its impact please see the afPE document.
Key strands / How is BCPS meeting these strands?
1. The engagement of all pupils in regular physical activity
At Burnham on Crouch Primary School (BCPS) the engagement of all our children in regular physical activity and kick-starting healthy, active lifestyles is a key motivation within our PE provision. We have structured physical activity on our playground with lunchtime clubs delivered by our playleaders. We also actively encourage our children to travel to school on foot, or by bike or scooter. This is reinforced by our commitment to the bikeability scheme which educates our children to become safer and more capable cyclists. We have achieved the ‘Enhanced Healthy Schools’ Award and were praised for the delivery of a range of sports by play leaders. The impact of “The Daily Mile” has been huge! From Reception to Year 6, all of our children take part in an additional daily session of exercise. The impact has been clear to see, as our children are more energised and further able to engage with their learning when back in the classroom. Another significant impact on a healthy lifestyle has been to our active support and participation in the local ParkRun. A wide range of our children, parents and members of staff complete the weekly, running event; boosting their fitness and happiness levels..
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. 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. 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. Concentration, commitment, self-esteem and fair play have improved in the lower years at our school, although we are in the process of designing a method to quantify and reward this more effectively.The introduction of playleader led activities in combination with the PE clubs led by our specialist has contributed 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. Having established a PE specific twitter account, we can quickly share achievements within PE and once again comments from our parents are very supportive and grateful.
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.
In order to make PE a sustainable subject, we have 2 teachers (one of which 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.
We also take the development of our staff very seriously and have placed our NQTs on PE specific training, once again ensuring that we have sustainable PE provision within our school.
4. Broader range of sport and activities offered to children
Here at BCPS a broader experience, and range of sports and activities is offered to all children. Traditional “Winter” and “Summer” sports are 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. We have specialist coaches that deliver dance. We also provide less traditional activities, such as Yoga and disability sports like Boccia. Our more able pupils are stretched by challenging them and supporting PE delivery. For example, a gifted sports player may work directly with the PE Teacher to observe and analyse other children’s performance. We now have coaching support from Burnham Rugby Club, who help out with our Tag Rugby sessions. 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 supporting local clubs. Our PE specialist works with our School council in relation to future sporting opportunities, clubs and sports visits.
5. Increased participation in competitive sport
We are linked to William De Ferrers Secondary School and compete in a wide range of events including Boys and Girls Football, Dodgeball and Sports Hall Athletics. We 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 competing within our key stage. We have established relationships with Maylandsea, All Saints and St Marys Primary with whom we have played a range of friendlies and Inter-School competition. We now have very strong links with Panathlon, who specialise in disability events. We have competed against other schools in a Boccia tournament and taken part in a disability swimming event held at the London Aquatics centre, a 2012 London Olympic venue. Finally, our highly successful Year 6 residential at PGL in Osmington Bay, Dorset, provided excellent Outdoor Adventurous Activities opportunities for our children and utilised a 2012 Olympic venue when we took part in water based sessions at the Weymouth Sailing Centre.